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Jason


Jason
 
Home Town: New Hartford, New York, USA
Living In: Alpharetta, Georgia, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a marketing director for an assisted living who is finally back in the kitchen - learning how to cook for one or two after learning how to cook feeding a family of five. After several years of full time work and part time grad school... it'll be nice not to grab so much takeout.
My favorite things to cook
No doubt about it, I love pasta. It's a quick go to and so versatile. I also like learning new ethnic foods, and also enjoy getting down to basics, learning the foods I grew up on, and giving them spins for company that dress em' up.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for cooking as a family. Everyone has something delicious to share, and I'm all about the sides. I have a southern side of the family, so any get together that doesn't have food in abundance, isn't really a get together.
My cooking triumphs
I've come to the conclusion that the reason I like cooking best is that people know you care about them. So anytime I've set out a meal that everyone walks away feeling happy and satisfied from eating, is a triumph. I feel especially triumphant if I pull off a well timed meal after working all day.
My cooking tragedies
Well toying with the recipes on this site I have definitely had hits and some big misses over the past five years! My biggest blunder yet has been making homemade Hungarian goulash, I had painstakingly prepared the meat and vegetables, and everything was looking delicious. Unfortunately I made the error of buying hot paprika instead of sweet, needless to say, when I went to sample it, my whole mouth was scorched. That goulash went into the trash, much to my disdain. My later effort was worthwhile though.
Recipe Reviews 157 reviews
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
When I followed the recipe I found the syrup too thick to drizzle over the pie, and so I had to thin it out with some additional water. The pie was tasty, very basic, I like a bit more spice in mine and will season accordingly next time. I appreciated the ease of the recipe and it did sort of glaze on top and would have been pretty if all the glaze had been thinned.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2010
Angela's Awesome Enchiladas
I really liked this recipe, I'm not one to cook a lot of Mexican but wanted to switch it up a bit. I have a few family members who love Mexican and they pronounced this better than their favorite Mexican restaurants. I thought the preparation was easy, and the ingredients were straight forward. Don't get discouraged by the multiple steps - it ended up being a very simple process that looked more complicated. on paper than it was in reality. The only change I would make is to find a good recipe for enchilada sauce, canned lacked in flavor and punch - it worked but homemade sauce would pull this together for me.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 6, 2010
Jack Wilson's Slaw Dressing
Although I made changes to the recipe that had a negative impact - I don't know if this one would have ever been my favorite. Piggy backing off previous reviews I tried a little yogurt to boost the health factor in this recipe - wouldn't do that again. My own fault. Now onto where I don't like the recipe, the honey was too strong. I think the sugar would have provided adequate sweetness and the honey added a fruity sweetness I didn't like and had to temper with extra vinegar. As for the celery seed - 1 tsp was enough. Used it on Broccoli slaw.... too sweet for me can imagine it would have been worse with cabbage mix.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 28, 2010
 
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