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krista v.

krista v.
Home Town: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Living In: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
There is nothing better than seeing "yum" on someone's face when they try my cooking! Always, always cook with love or it won't turn out right.
My favorite things to cook
Pasta with homemade tomato sauce and meatballs, roast chicken, squash, fish, brownies, cookies and matzoh ball soup, anything with mushrooms!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family likes to create traditional Lithuanian dishes during the holidays. Stuffed cabbage, potato kugel, dumplings and grated beets with sour cream are some of our favorites.
My cooking triumphs
I have invented several successful recipes such as pasta with diced tomatoes, spinach and shrimp, as well as seared pork roast with rosemary and garlic that is finished in the oven. One of my favorites is baked halibut with a tomato-tarragon compote. I really love to crack open a bottle of wine while cooking and make a big mess in my kitchen! No wonder the dog always wants to stand right underfoot while I am cooking!
My cooking tragedies
One of the worst cooking tragedies was in college when I didn't defrost a frozen chicken enough. The giblets were still frozen inside so I figured I'd just stick it in the oven and pull them out as it cooked. No such luck! Had to toss the whole thing out since the ouside burned and the inside was still frozen solid. Another tragedy was when I tried to roast a duck. I had no idea how to deal with all the fat that came out in the pan and when it overflowed the oven caught fire. The apartment smelled like scorched duck fat for a week! Definitely had to get take-out that night!
Recipe Reviews 133 reviews
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Delicious cookies! I've tried so many recipes and even have a book of only chocolate chip cookie recipes and this one really is superior. I reduced the white sugar to 1/2 cup and increased the brown to 1 1/2 cups and the cookies came out sweet and chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Baked them for about 14 minutes but my oven is sort of slow and everything takes longer. Probably have to get a thermometer! But this recipe is a it!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 18, 2013
Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler
O.M.G! best cobbler ever! I love this's very easy and I'm glad it uses fresh peaches. So many use canned and I'm just not a fan of canned fruit because it's so sweet. Nothing needs to be changed about this recipe. My cobbler did come out very juicy because my peaches were nice and ripe and I also added a half pint of fresh blueberries. I chose this recipe because it does not have any I am allergic to whey and need to avoid milk products. I wish I could put some fresh whipped cream or ice cream on top but it's great on its own. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to try it with other fruit too like apples or berries.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 25, 2012
Simple Whole Wheat Bread
Can't stop eating this bread! This is a very easy bread recipe. I used quick rise yeast but it still needed 20 mins for the first rise. Only have 2 pans so I cut it down to 24 servings and got two loaves that didn't rise up super high (probably too cool in my house with the a/c on). Instead of bread flour I used all whole wheat flour because I prefer the taste and am trying to use less white flour in my diet. Make sure to use a good quality honey..I used an imported Hungarian wildflower variety. I'm sure orange blossom honey would be really good too. Not too big on sweet bread so I reduced the amount. On the advice of another reviewer I mixed the whole thing in my Kitchen-Aide mixer with the dough hook. The final mix before going into the pans took about 5-10 mins. It would be fun to add oats or ground flax seed just to play with the texture. I think you could also do a rosemary parmesan cheese mix for a nice savory twist, or brown sugar, raisins and cinnamon for a sweet version. Definitely try this was a 4 hour project for me but lots of fun because the results are delicious!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 20, 2011
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