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Chris K

Chris K
Home Town: Salem, Oregon, USA
Living In: Albany, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Music
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
West African dishes, specifically Sierra Leone. I've been trying to recreate the rice & sauce dishes I eaten there. The sauce has either a tomato, bean (fava or lentil), or cassava/sweet potato leaf base. Lots of vegetables are added. Meat is optional, but added when available. The recipes I've gotten in Africa are vague and difficult to convert to our style of cooking, so it's been fun and delicious trying out different ingredients. My latest craze, one pot cooking, actually stems from my time in Sierra Leone where most meals are cooked this way.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making lefse with my kids during the holidays. What a mess! What fun! I know that my kids will pass this one down.
My cooking tragedies
The Thanksgiving dinner where the turkey took twice as long to cook as I expected and everything else was done. Dinner was two hours late!
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Triple Berry Crisp
I made a 1/4 batch in 4 ramekins. I put the full amount of berries on top of the crust, no sugar, added the topping and baked for 20 min. Really good! Second time I made them I cut the butter in the crust to 1/4 C - that's 1 T per ramekin. Still really good. Thanks Polly!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 5, 2011
African Chicken Stew
This recipe is similar to what I ate in Sierra Leone, though we only had sweet potatoes. All stews like this had chopped tomatoes and sweet potato leaf. Chopped peanuts were sprinkled on top. Habenero-like chilies were widely available and made stews HOT!!! Palm oil would give this a nice color but it's hard to find in the States. Everything was cooked in iron pots over an open fire and everything was delicious! So, that's what I did to this recipe - sweet potatoes instead of potatoes, added tomatoes, used chicken and pork (though goat would have been more authentic), the garbanzos are great, and more chilies. I used a crock pot for about 5 hours on high. Thanks for the memories, Leah. It was fun making this stew!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 5, 2011
Famous Chicken Adobo
This came out way too wet to put on rice. If you added some thickener it would work.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 14, 2010

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