kaz Profile - Allrecipes.com (10849771)

cook's profile


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
  • Title
  • Type
  • Overall Rating
  • Member Rating
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 72 reviews
The Best Spinach Salad
I followed this recipe EXACTLY as written. I made the dressing an hour or so in advance to let the flavors meld ........ before serving I tasted the dressing ......... not to my liking ..... too much flavor from the ketchup. I quickly made up a traditional vinaigrette ...... salad was good!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 18, 2014
Easy Garlic Escargots
A really nice alternative to traditional escargot. I prepare escargot at least once a month and typically as part of our entrée. Adding the mushrooms really adds volume and it was just a bit too much, for us. The flavor and presentation is really good. I think if I prepare it again I will serve it as an appetizer planning 3 per person. My only "adds" were a light dusting of bread crumbs before baking ...... and I broiled the last 3 minutes of the bake time.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 7, 2014
Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs
REALLY good recipe -- a KEEPER!! My wife has never liked ribs - or at least has never praised mine! I've got numerous recipes and a REALLY nice smoker but they never got an "attaboy". This recipe WORKED! I read numerous reviews and used the beer instead of water, cooked on high for 4 hours, and used the 20 min / 350F oven + 7 min on broil cook. They were beautiful, tender, and tasty. Got that "attaboy" I needed!!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 5, 2014
Published Recipes

In Season

Top Turkey
Top Turkey

Choose from dozens of top-rated roast turkey recipes, from stuffed to deep-fried.

2014 Pie Countdown
2014 Pie Countdown

We're counting down from now until Thanksgiving with a great pie every day. Join the fun.

Special Holiday Offer!
Special Holiday Offer!

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $5!

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States