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Alaina Bee


Alaina Bee
 
Home Town: Connecticut, USA
Living In: Collier County, Florida, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I come from a relatively large family from various cultures who all loved to feed *everyone*. This of course extended into our friendships who were so close they might as well have been family. Then I left home and moved into a household with a lot of people who also loved to feed *everyone*. Sadly we don't always have the time or money to do that anymore, but we're still game for making every meal interesting.
My favorite things to cook
Greek. Indian. Rotating over an open fire. In a smoker. On a grill. As local as you can get it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The souvla (a spit over an open fire) at every Easter or big get together. There are many others, but that is the one that sticks out the most.
My cooking triumphs
The sugar flowers. That was intense and it was the first time I tried to do it. They couldn't have come out more perfectly and I managed not to break any before serving!
My cooking tragedies
Oh, there have been many. That is what happens when you tend to experiment... It all started when I tried to make pea soup for my older brother. He had a bad cold and I thought it'd make him feel better (I even wrote it on a note card for later use). I think I was six years old and I can still remember the look of horror on my mother's face when she saw what I had done.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup
Used this recipe as the basis for the soup I just made my family. My father just got out of the hospital and has to eat a more strict diet, so I've been making everything from scratch this week. I used the low-sodium chicken and vegetable stock I made yesterday instead of bouillon, added in some broccoli, cauliflower, and green peppers, and also used Bucatini instead of egg noodles (only because I didn't have any on hand). The house smells delicious and just cooking it made everyone hungry. Glad to use this as a great base for many different types of soups from here on out. Next time I have all the ingredients as written I will definitely write another review. Very glad to have another chilly day here in Florida so we had another excuse to make some soup. :-)

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2014
Pudding Shots
Love this over using gelatin! I half tried this recipe but used our own twist after learning the trick from a local farmer: Instead of chocolate pudding, we used a black sapote (aka chocolate sapote) fruit which has the consistency and taste of chocolate pudding and mixes deliciously with the liquor. Will definitely make it again for Christmas this year.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 23, 2013
Maria's Broccoli Rabe
Delicious! I usually hate Broccoli Rabe and I couldn't stop eating this. I love making this. Last night, ended up doing some experimenting as well. Fried up some bacon while the b.r. was boiling. Removed the bacon when it was *almost* to the point we like it, and then sauteed chopped garlic and onion in the bacon grease. Added the drained b.r. to the pan and sauteed. When the b.r. was just about done, added the bacon back and finished cooking everything. Added the parm while in the pan and mixed up a bit then served with extra on the side. can't wait to do this again!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 8, 2012
 
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