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kaz


kaz
 
Home Town: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Living In: Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Fishing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Spent most of my career on airplanes, in hotels, and in way too many meetings. Got the chance to taste foods from around the world. Found that I had a very diverse interest in foods. Married a true "meat & potatoes" girl who had never traveled anywhere and was reluctant to try anything food-wise, plus - she hated cooking. It's worked great for 29 years. Before I would leave on business I would prepare meals she could reheat easily. Each home we've built allowed me to design the kitchen. She's very encouraging about my cooking which prompts me to try more and more new recipes. This web site is really a piece of my cooking world. I visit often, perhaps too often ...... and tend to tell everyone that I meet about it.
My favorite things to cook
I really like almost anything with a little heat and spice. I'm on an continuing quest to find a jar of Umami!!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was raised in a very modest environment. Her mother was a truly lousy cook. How my mother ever became so skilled in our kitchen I'll never know, but she loved an adventure and often made our family meals memorable with limited resources.
My cooking triumphs
I remember cooking a meal for my girlfriend (now wife) many years ago that she just raved and ranted about to her sisters. One of her sisters was trying to win the heart of a young man, but like my wife, was a really lousy cook ...... more acurately ...... didn't enjoy cooking. So I prepared a meal for her sister to serve as her own doing. Good news --- she won his heart and they married ----- bad news --- he soon learned she couldn't repeat the meal.
My cooking tragedies
Without question ------ preparing sushi at home. From my days traveling I became a huge fan of sushi. Remember; my wife is a conservative eater so sushi is a BIG leap. I wanted her to like it, too. I called my favorite restaurant in Seattle .... got the instructions and list ..... bought the stuff .... prepared it ..... threw it out and ordered pizza. Won't try that again!!!
Recipe Reviews 69 reviews
Crawfish Linguine
REALLY TASTY!! I broke one of rules and modified the original before making it the first time - BUT, to my defense, this was very similar to a recipe I had years ago but lost. I was glad to find this one to use as a starting point. I added 1 TBSP Cajun seasoning, reduced the butter by half, and added a bit of corn starch to thicken the sauce. Next time I will wait until the sauce begins to thicken before adding the crawfish so they don't cook down as much. Overall a really tasty meal.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 8, 2014
Asian Style Country Ribs
I had a package of Country Style Ribs that I needed to use .... I did a search and liked this recipe. Since my package was smaller I halved the recipe for the sauce and elected to use it for use in a slow cooker instead of marinating it. I put the ribs in, covered them with the sauce, added a bit of ground pepper and cooked them on low for about 7 hours. An hour before serving I put a can of rinsed/drained black beans in. I would recommend this slight variation highly. I seldom rate a revised recipe but the sauce is the real winner here .... oh, and if you like spicy - double the Asian spicy garlic sauce.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 5, 2014
Artichoke Chicken
Sorry for the mediocre rating but I found this recipe really bland ..... and I thought it read like an absolute winner for me. I followed the recommendation for splitting the mayo with sour cream as I thought the full mayo would be oily and a bit sweet. The cooking time really didn't fully cook the chicken cut as described so I had to cook it a bit longer. I may try it again with several changes to put a bit of "pop" to it.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 23, 2014
 
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