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The Zesty Zaftig


The Zesty Zaftig
 
Home Town: Orlando/Ocala/Daytona, Florida, USA
Living In: Chugiak, Alaska, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm a diehard foodie, so I guess my attraction to cooking is the end (and edible!) result as much as it's the technical challenge to execute a new dish.
My favorite things to cook
I don't really have a "favorite", and each year immerse myself in a new cuisine to learn new techniques. This year I'm attempting to master classic French cooking; last year was Cajun/Creole, the year before was Spanish. You get the picture.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm still confused as to how cooking became such a passion. Nearly everything Mom made came out of a box, and the only time Dad ever touched a stove was to make breakfast.
My cooking triumphs
When a particuluarly unimpressable friend refused to believe that my very simple, very homemade chocolate chip cookies weren't from a pre-made dough or box. It was particularly satisfying since I only bake a couple of times per year.
My cooking tragedies
Let us not speak of the 'Jambalaya Incident'. Lesson learned: fresh bulk cayenne is far more potent than the typical bottled variety.
Recipe Reviews 31 reviews
Pork Chops with Raspberry Sauce
I have many jars of homemade raspberry jam in my pantry, generously gifted to me by my mother-in-law. Unfortunately, all of jars contain jam with seeds, but to get the seeds out for this recipe's sauce, I merely combined the jam (doubled quantity, per the other reviewers' recommendations) with the vinegar and juice (original indicated quantities only), microwaved for thirty seconds, then pressed through a flour sifter. Voila! Perfect consistency ready to be reduced in the wonderful pan drippings leftover from searing the pork. The seasoning directions for the pork were spot-on, and lent itself beautifully to rounding out the flavors of the sauce. Served with simple mashed potatoes, this dish is a winner! My husband suggested that the sauce should be utilized as a final glazed for our pineapple-soaked, hickory-smoked barbecued pork ribs (which I think is a brilliant idea).

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Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2013
Mexican Egg Rolls
Quite tasty, especially when prepared with the most popular taco seasoning recipe on this site! Those who have Celiac Disease or are gluten-intolerant can substitute rice paper for the egg roll wrappers- they won't brown up like traditional eggrolls, but they will get quite crispy.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 31, 2012
Shepherd's Pie VI
This is the first shepherd's pie I've ever made that had a real "wow" factor. I followed the recipe almost exactly; the only revision was adding two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. My anticipation was that half would be leftover for lunches- but after my husband's second and third helpings, there wasn't any left! I really appreciate the from-scratch approach: although it might be tempting to cut corners by using other recipes' call for highly processed cream-of-whatever soup, your tastebuds will thank you for taking the time to make this comfort food the way it was meant to be prepared.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 2, 2011
 
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