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Jillian N.

Jillian N.
Living In: Pyongtaek, Ulsan-Gwangyoksi, South Korea
Member Since: Aug. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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German-Style Weck Rolls
Me and my Soldiers celebrating Thanksgiving
About this Cook
My husband and I are currently in the Army, stationed in South Korea. I enjoy several Korean dishes, however, my husband does not. So, we have most of our meals at home. Since moving here, I have tried many new recipes and thoroughly rely on Allrecipes.com for new ideas. Cooking is absolutely one of my favorite things to do, hands down. I love making each recipe my own and sharing that with those around me, whether that be my husband or the Soldiers I work with. I like to make everything from scratch- no boxes or mixes here. I also believe that making a nice home-cooked meal is one of the best ways to show someone that you care about and appreciate them. When I was in the 3rd grade, my parents set up a cooking schedule for our family of four. Every person cooked one night a week (unless you cooked Monday, then you had Friday too), with two people designated for clean-up depending on who cooked. Now that I have my own place, cooking is no problem for me.
My favorite things to cook
Jambalaya, fried chicken, chili, swedish meatballs (my no-fail party appetizer), lasagna, stuffed green bell peppers, baking bread, beef stew, macaroni and cheese
My favorite family cooking traditions
During the holidays my mother would always make Hungarian kiflis and lattice slices. Both can be time consuming to make, which is why she only makes them once a year. When she sent me kiflis while I was in Iraq- it just meant that much more to me.
My cooking triumphs
I had never made any homemade breads before, so one Sunday I decided I was going to try pecan sticky buns from scratch. The kneading of the dough was quite messy (and annoying), but they turned out perfect- light and fluffy with the right amount of gooey filling.
My cooking tragedies
I attempted focaccia once. The recipe I used recommended using a baking stone with a cookie sheet placed underneath. There are several reasons why it could have gone wrong, but I ended up with a ruined baking stone and bread that just wasn't quite right. One of these days I will attempt it again.
Recipe Reviews 81 reviews
Korean Salad with Sesame Dressing
My husband and I really liked this dressing; we used this on romaine. I did cut the water to only 3 tablespoons and had to use brown sugar (didn't have white on hand). I found it pretty spicy, but probably will keep the amount the same when I make it again. Oh, I did add a little bit of fresh ginger too.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 3, 2015
Kickin' Collard Greens
This was my first time trying collards. I made the recipe as written, just slightly scaled down to the amount of collards I had on hand. Normally when I make wilted spinach or kale, I cook it with bacon, so the ingredient list is pretty standard for me. The greens were good, with a nice kick of spice from the red pepper. Maybe next time I'll cook them longer and add the brown sugar that other reviewers mentioned.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 22, 2015
Grandma's Noodles II
This is a nice decent recipe. I doubled it for my family of four to serve with chicken paprikash. I used the dough hook in my Kitchenaid to mix it, but found I needed to add another tablespoon of milk. Against my husband's urging, I used the old rolling pin and pizza cutter for these; he really wanted me to use the Kitchenaid's pasta attachment. Maybe next time. I didn't do the two hour dry time either, just dropped in a pot of water with some salt and chicken bouillon.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 12, 2015

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