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Cookin Dude

Cookin Dude
Home Town: Charter Township Of Clinton, Michigan, USA
Living In: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I have been interested in cooking for most of my life. I can remember my siblings and I helping my mom in the kitchen even when I was a little kid. In 5th grade we had to complete a report on what we wanted to be when we grew up....I did mine on being a chef. Although I took a different career path, I spend many hours cooking and entertaining.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking with fish and seafood. I make at least 3 meals per week using them. I also cook a lot with wines and vegetables. I tend to focus a lot on stir frying and utilizing Asian spices and cooking techniques.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family cooks a lot of Polish foods and various interpretations of them. I really enjoy experimenting with them but still maintaining the traditions of Polish cuisine.
My cooking triumphs
I successfully catered my own holiday party with 120 guests. I also prepared the Asian portion of an International Buffet at my college years ago for about 300 people. Last Christmas a friend asked me to help him prepare his family's main dish (standing rib roast) for which he was terrified of ruining. No pressure on my part (hahaha). The judges gave him (me) an A+. The meat turned out more juicy and flavorful than any other meal his picky family had ever had. (I'm not even sure if the recipe is on this site)
My cooking tragedies
knock on wood....nothing major yet. I tend to come up with quick solutions if anything is going wrong in the kitchen.
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Paleo Slow Cooker Pork Loin
This is not an authentic paleo recipe. You cannot use fruit juice or potato starch. I juiced an orange and used coconut flour for gravy thickening. The taste was good, I would definitely double or triple the ginger and cinnamon for added flavor. Probably add a sprig or two of thyme for an extra layer of flavor. This is a pretty good base recipe to add. Paleo recipes long for flavour and we have so many options.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 10, 2014
Paleo Tortillas
This was way too soupy to make a tortilla. I think it would make an excellent crepe, however.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 10, 2014
Dirty Martini
Well I'm not a bartender like many of the reviewers are but I do drink my share of....well, everything!! I like a great dirty martini from time to time and almost always get them when I'm out at a restaurant. I decided to try one at home but checked online first to see what people had to say about making them. After several searches, this recipe seemed to be the best to me. I made it as stated in the recipe. After reading the reviews I opted to use the brine from my favorite olives since I'm addicted to them versus using the brine from quality olive jars. I use Goya brand olives with minced anchovies in a can from my local store. I like the saltiness and there is NO fishiness with these olives. The brine makes a fantastic mixer for this recipe. It may be because I'm now on round two but this is probably the smoothest dirty martini i've ever had. It is very important to use a high quality vodka and vermouth!! I do use a piece of cooked bacon as my swizzle stick (see photos) to increase the interest in this drink but I'm not sure that's necessary. The next time I make this, which will probably be over the weekend, I will be sure to get blue cheese stuffed olives with the bacon swizzle stick and the Goya brine. Happy sipping!!!!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 2, 2013
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