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daf


daf
 
Home Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
Living In: Waitsburg, Washington, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I say my hometown is Portland, Oregon, but that's where we ended up after my father's Army career of 20 years (so I was an Army Brat for about 15 years, 22 schools before I graduated from college). After about 15 years in Oregon, I've made my home in Seattle for 20+. I recently tore my 1-story home of 20 years down to the basement and rebuilt a 2-story "new home" (acting as general contractor too) -- and I love my new kitchen and master suite!! Would be happy to just stay home and and garden and cook for family and friends, but have to also work hard in my real estate business to pay for it!!
My favorite things to cook
I probably cook Mediterranean/ Italian/ French and Asian food the most, followed by Southwest/ Mexican, trying to keep a focus on lower fat cooking. Love it all! I don't eat much in the way of desserts, so my cooking is generally focused on appetizers, salads, healthy side dishes, and main courses.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I've been cooking with two other friends for about 15 years, we probably do a gourmet meal at one of our homes every six weeks or so, with spouses, friends and kids all invited. The hostess selects the menu and the 2 others cook to her requests. We have had some wonderful Mediterranean, Asian, Southwestern/ Mexican, Southern US and other menus. Also, my mom was from Alexandria, Virginia, and loved to cook, learning the local cuisine from the many places we lived. I honor her and her love of cooking by cooking and sharing the many recipes she shared with me with others, especially her traditional Thanksgiving and Southern recipes.
My cooking triumphs
We have some outstanding Asian markets in the International District in Seattle. I love nothing better than planning an Asian meal with a wide variety of dishes, shopping in the small markets, and then chopping and readying all the ingredients with the recipes on hand. When the guests arrive, I mix them up and have them cook a dish or two at their "stations."
My cooking tragedies
I've been cooking alot since I was 16 or 17 with few failures. I do recall, however, a few times cooking while taking care of friends children or even my own, getting distracted, and have things way over cook or even start to burn. And some desserts I have made just don't quite make it ...
Recipe Reviews 77 reviews
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
I made my usual make ahead Sour Cream Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes (from allrecipes.com), which is very similar to this, but did the slow cooker thing per this recipe. Somehow only managed to get in slow cooker 2 hours ahead but it needed 3 hours. Will definitely keep this in my Recipe Box!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 28, 2014
Garlic Mashed Potatoes In The Slow Cooker
I made my usual make ahead Sour Cream Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes (from allrecipes.com), which is very similar to this, but did the slow cooker thing per this recipe. Somehow only managed to get in slow cooker 2 hours ahead but it needed 3 hours. Will definitely keep this in my Recipe Box!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 28, 2014
Penne with Chicken and Asparagus
I made this without any alterations except for a generous squeeze of lemon at the end. The addition of mushrooms is on my list for the next time. Very tasty!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 21, 2014
 
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