LilBearinka Profile - (10921197)

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Home Town: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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Wine on the Deck
About this Cook
I'm a graduate student in public health who is gastronomically adventurous. Cooking is one of my favorite things to do with my future husband.
My favorite things to cook
I especially love cooking Indian, Mediterranean, and Mexican. I've also fiddled around with cooking Eastern European, North African and Cuban food, although I'm certainly no expert. My favorite foods include anything with cheese, spinach, plantains, or salmon!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom was really into casseroles and traditional Midwestern food. I grew up with a lot of pork and some awesome corn, which makes me super picky when it comes to both of these things.
My cooking triumphs
We've really come a long way with cooking Indian food. My fiance fixed some amazing brine turkey last Thanksgiving (I handled the stuffing). I think the most complicated and time consuming recipe I've made is tamales--they're super good, but it takes around 3 hours to prepare them.
My cooking tragedies
My fiance and I tried to make croquettes once from a recipe in a cookbook and failed miserably.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Zucchini Yogurt Multigrain Muffins
These muffins are fantastic! I made two changes: instead of 2/3 cup of honey I used 1/3 cup, and instead of 1 cup of sugar I added only 2/3 cup. You don't need all that sugar--they were perfectly sweet without it. In fact, next time I think I'll try adding some sweetened applesauce and reducing the amount of table sugar even more.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 3, 2009
Fire Roasted Vegetarian Gumbo
This is a very good recipe, although it is seriously high maintenance. I followed the directions very closely (although I never figured out what 'file powder' was/is) and it still had a nice kick to it. I ate this with whole wheat bread and my husband ate it with crackers--both were excellent.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 5, 2008
Amazing Southwest Cilantro Lime Mango Grilled Chicken Sandwiches
This recipe makes a really fantastic chicken sandwich! One caveat--it takes a long time prepare. My husband and I agree that the salsa, while very good, is unnecessary because of all the other flavors going on in this recipe. I marinated the chicken for about three hours and used lime juice instead of lime zest. We will definitely be making this again.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 6, 2008

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