Gabsmom Profile - (10923420)


Home Town: Newark, Delaware, USA
Living In: Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Music, Charity Work
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Blog...  2 posts
Apr. 24, 2009 4:57 am 
Updated: Apr. 24, 2009 7:55 pm
If a foodie has no one to cook for, are they still a foodie? I suspect that most are. But I have a confession to make: I'm not. When my husband and daughter are home I absolutely revel in cooking for them. I love to make the most delicious, beautiful, exotic dishes I can think of (or find… MORE
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'Massachussets" cake for going away bbq
About this Cook
I'm a classical musician by education (oboe and harp) and an executive assistant to pay the bills. I love not only to cook and bake, but to experiment! My five-year-old daughter is my favorite taste tester because I know she'll ALWAYS give an honest opinion :-)
My favorite things to cook
I absolutely love to bake! Breads, cookies, cakes and muffins are my specialties. I also bake fresh whole wheat bread for our sandwiches for the week on Sunday. I like to make my own scratch bbq sauce to drown some nice ribs in. I've been learning the joys of crock pot cooking and my husband is pleased with the results.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother, grandmother always do a massive cookie bake for the holidays. It always inspired me to see tins full of cookies everywhere and I always wanted to do that when I was grown...and I do! In fact, there are almost always cookies at my house. My dad fancies himself a barbecue guru (he's not), and that sparked my interest in grilling and coming up with new sauces and marinades.
My cooking triumphs
Every New Year's Day I do a toothpick dinner for my husband and I. It is always a HUGE success. The menu varies from year to year but there's always a wide variety of finger foods to choose from. This past year (2008) was by far my best yet: marinaded scallops wrapped in bacon, artichoke salsa, sweet and spicy wings, jalapeno poppers, petite filet speared with baby bella caps, fresh fruits and veggies with dipping sauces, 10 different kinds of cookies and brownies and whiskey chocolate cake for dessert! Pumpkin anything is my DH's favorite kind of dessert so I whipped up a pumpkin tunnel cake (cheesecake tunnel) for him. Love it. I love peanut butter but flat-out refuse to use a mix for anything, and this year I FINALLY came up with a peanut butter cake from scratch that is moist, peanutty and most excellent.
My cooking tragedies
I cannot seem to come up with a great banana rum cake. From SCRATCH.Update (March 2009) Not a tragedy any more - This is now a triumph! Latest tragedy - polenta. It spit at me and burned my forehead pretty badly. Novice mistake - I let my daughter distract me!
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Crispy Pork Carnitas
This method is spot on. The pork was so tender! I'm not sure the cinnamon works here. I found that with the five spice powder the cinnamon was just a little over the top. When I make this again (and I will) I think I'll omit the cinnamon and maybe add 1/4 tsp of cayenne instead to balance the flavor of the five spice. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 29, 2015
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
I just made these. I know they are not in any way authentic, but they were good! I had leftover Costco rotisserie chicken, so I used that. I did not have the cheese in the ingredient list, so I just used a shredded Mexican blend and added 1 tbsp of Philly cream cheese to the mixture when it was in the pan and stirred to melt it. These came together very quickly and were simple, delicious comfort food. Thank you for the recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 1, 2015
Cauliflower and Egg Salad
I enjoyed the taste of this; however the texture was a little off putting. I think this is a great idea and a good recipe - the flavor is excellent! It is just not for me. I omitted the mayo as I cannot stand it, and used Greek yogurt instead. (I added a tad more mustard to make up for the tartness of the yogurt.) Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 30, 2014
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