carina Profile - (10810064)


Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a mom of 2, and have been an avid cook for many years. However, lately my life has been so busy that I am always searching for FAST homemade recipes!
My favorite things to cook
Grilled salmon. anything Italian. anything Southern (U.S.). And one-pot meals rule!
My favorite family cooking traditions
All-seafood Christmas Eve bonanzas, sausages and peppers at midnight on New Year's eve, our annual family "Chopped" competition on the weekend following Thanksgiving.
My cooking triumphs
Any meal where I cook something that my whole family likes!
My cooking tragedies
I dunno...I've had them, no doubt, but just try to pick myself up and learn from them!
Recipe Reviews 58 reviews
Fondant Potatoes
I love all of Chef John's recipes, and fondant potatoes is no exception! While a bit decadent in terms of fat content, these potatoes make a unique and luxurious side dish for a special meal. I served them alongside grilled king salmon for Christmas dinner, and it was a surprisingly great combination. I followed the recipe to the letter, and the one thing I will say is that mine needed closer to an hour in the oven (and I used about a cup of chicken stock total) for the insides to be cooked through and nice and creamy. I ended up having to stick them back in after removing them at 40 minutes, when my daughter tasted one and commented that it wasn't done yet. So be careful to make sure they are cooked through before serving them. I will say that the presentation on the platter with the flourish of thyme sprigs was quite striking! Great recipe, and fun to try to something new.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 26, 2014
Sugar Cookie Cutouts
This cookie is not as sweet as many other sugar cookie recipes...which made the cookie popular with some folks, but not so much those with a real sweet tooth. I liked them, though. The dough definitely needed to chill for at least 2 hours to be able to roll it out without sticking. I also followed the hint from another reviewer about rolling out on parchment paper, removing the excess, and then putting the whole sheet of parchment with cookies on the pan to bake...this was a GREAT tip for keeping the cookies' shape.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 26, 2014
Cracked Sugar Cookies I
Excellent flavor and texture, and incredibly easy to make. I made the recipe exactly as written, and the cookies turned out perfectly. Thanks, Pam!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 30, 2014
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