Lauren Profile - (10631701)

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Home Town: Schenectady, New York, USA
Living In: San Rafael, California, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I just moved to California from New York (I miss east coast pizza). I love my family and friends and like to show them by cooking up delicious meals.
My favorite things to cook
Any one of my dad's recipes (he's 100% italian). Risotto and pastas with sauces. Any unique way to prep chicken. I love grilling....ANYTHING.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas Eve my family does fondue. We deep fry shrimp, chicken, beef and veggies in peanut oil, and my dad makes the best tempura batter and several sauces to go along. Christmas morning my mom makes a bacon cheese and mushroom strata which serves as the "break time" between gift opening. We always cook special birthday dinners (everyone has there favorite meal!)
My cooking triumphs
I went to Florence over the summer with two of my closest friends and I had the most amazing smoked cheese and zucchini risotto. When I came back to the states, I recreated it (not quite exact...but so close!). That was pretty triumphant for me...especially since I'm usually a cook by the recipe kind of gal.
My cooking tragedies
I have had countless baking disasters. I always burn anything I try to bake from scratch.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Savory Halibut Enchiladas
This was my first attempt at enchiladas and it went quite well!!! I made half fish, half chicken since my counterpart doesnt like fish. I browned a chicken after seasoning with salt, pepper, chili powder and garlic powder and then shredded it. Both versions were excellent!! Oh and I also used low fat sour cream and mayo and it still tasted delicious!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 11, 2008
Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo
Really needs the cheese to give it that something extra. I add 2 cloves of garlic to my food processer as well. I also made this recipes with fresh tomatoes since a guest wasnt a fan of sun dried. (I used 2 roma's and took out the seeds) Both ways make a great side dish!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 14, 2008
Green Bean and Potato Salad
Very good. I scaled back to four servings. Even so, I felt it might be too much oil and vinger for my tastes. I just used a drizzle of both. I also added salt and pepper. They go a long way in this recipe, in my opinon. Ingredient like tomatoes, olives and red peppers might be a nice addition.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 26, 2008

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