ChelsTheCook Profile - (10637113)

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Living In: Medford, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Photography
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Hot and Sour Tofu Soup
Asparagus Swiss Quiche
Key Lime Pie
About this Cook
I'm a nurse, but if I could stay at home and make three healthy meals (plus dessert!) a day... oh! How great would that be?
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, which, of course, isn't always the healthiest, but I basically love making anything that turns out well. And I've been a lacto-ovo (sometimes pesco-) vegetarian most of my life.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Working on it... Growing up, it was tapioca pudding and sparkling cider and appetizers on New Year's Eve, green bean casserole & spinach lasagna with Christmas. Still creating my own traditions. My husband and I have spent the last several Valentine's Days making tortellini from scratch together... it is so much fun and is more of a bonding experience than going out for a nice dinner.
My cooking triumphs
Recently: Making pickles! I've never canned before, so it was a little scary. I also was pretty pleased to have made a nice meringue to go over a fresh key lime pie.
My cooking tragedies
When I was much younger, I invited all my friends over and made lemon bars... only I'd mixed up the baking powder with the baking soda, and they turned out disgusting and salty. Also, for a few years, I'd read part of a recipe, decide it would be easy, get halfway through, and then all hell would break loose... I'd have something boiling that was supposed to go immediately into something that wasn't prepared yet. I finally learned to read and reread the recipe all the way through before starting, and to read ahead while making it.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Alison's Colcannon
Pretty good; made it for St. Patty's Day. I also added some tempeh that had been sauteed in liquid smoke to get sort of a bacon-y flavor to add protein for a main dish. I don't think I'd want to eat it every day, but it is about as Irish as a vegetarian dish can get, so we may make it every year.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 18, 2009
Irish Soda Bread
I thought it was pretty good, hubby loved it! Looks impressive. Didn't have a full 3 cups of raisins; used a mix of raisins and dried figs, apricots, cranberries, etc to equal ~2 cups and it seemed to be enough fruit. Didn't have caraway seeds, but I put in some fennel seeds (or anise?) and it tasted good.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 18, 2009
Real Hummus
This was a good starting point for hummus, but know that you'll always have to taste it and play with the ingredients to get the proportions that you like. Everyone's different. I never have tahini on hand, so I use toasted sesame seeds and they work just fine.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 16, 2009

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