RUTHIEV Profile - (10830284)


Home Town: North Highlands, California, USA
Living In: San Jose, California, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Meteora, Greece
Blues Fest
About this Cook
As the story goes, my Father caught me standing on a chair and frying an egg when I was only 3 years old. Thank goodness I didn't have the stove turned on but the egg was cracked and in the pan! I used to cook for my family since I was a teenager and loved to make crepes, coffee and anything else I could get my hands on for guests at our house. I still love to cook for family and friends. I grew up with traditional Mexican grandmothers, both excellent cooks. When I find the time, I watch the Food Channel -- Giada, Barefoot Contessa & Bobby Flay are just a few of my favorites. In my opinion, the best cooking show is "America's Test Kitchen".
My favorite things to cook
Anything that makes the house smell wonderful or food with garlic.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Tamales! I learned from watching my late Father who made them during the holidays. Lots of work but made with much love and memories!
My cooking triumphs
I started baking when my kids were little and I experimented with thier birthday cakes. I think I'm most proud of the "Cookie Monster" cake I made for my son's 2nd birthday. Most of the cakes I baked had fresh fruit and whipped cream. Then someone asked me to make thier sister's bridal shower cake. They liked it so much that they asked me to make the actual wedding cake. I didn't have the confidence but I did it anyway. The cake was a little crooked but I made many more beautiful ones after that. I don't do it anymore but it helped build my confidence in baking.
My cooking tragedies
Cooked a turkey upside down once, but hey, hasn't everyone done that at least once? Another time I BURNED 4 dozen tamales because I was so busy doing other stuff. Lesson learned? -- ALWAYS use a timer! And once I cooked Chinese food for many guests but forgot to make the rice! I sent my ex-husband out the back door to the Chinese Restaurant at the corner for steamed rice. No one had a clue!
Recipe Reviews 91 reviews
Cranberry Salsa
My cousin brought this over tonight for a cocktail party and it was a super huge hit. I couldn't stop eating it!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 30, 2014
Authentic Mexican Chili Rellenos
I made these with steps my Mom used to do. Take out the seeds before anything else! I used a small knife with curved blade to remove the top underside of the stem that holds the seeds. Once that's gone just shake the few the few loose ones. Do NOT rinse or you will have a wet limp mess! Put them in a large Ziploc bag instead and let them steam for a few minutes. The skin will come off much easier. Instead of dipping the pepper in the egg mixture, carefully lay a small portion of the batter in the oil and they lay the pepper on top. The mixture will spread out when you lay the pepper on it. Then add more to the top.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2014
Fried Chicken with Creamy Gravy
This is the best fried chicken I've ever made. For the simple reasons being that I doubled the spices, used a cast iron skillet, and soaked the chicken overnight in milk (with some apple cider vinegar in it). I rinsed off the milk & patted dry with paper towels. Another key is to not have the chicken too cold so I left it out for about 30 minutes after drying it. This way it doesn't bring the temperature of the oil down and you have a nice crispy coating. The gravy was over the moon good too! I made skillet biscuits before frying the chicken too. And an apple skillet cake before that in the morning. It was a wonderful Sunday Skillet Supper!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2014
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