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Kenster


Kenster
 
Home Town: Livonia, Michigan, USA
Living In: Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, U.K.
Member Since: Feb. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I was born in MI, USA. My wife is from the UK (Great Britain). She had children from a previous marriage, so we move to Great Britain to be with them (although they are grown up now). My wife is looking after her mom who lives with us now. I really and truly view cooking as an art, and while it may be near impossible to master, I am always improving because I love asking questions, asking for advice, asking for opinions, and I am above all, always willing to discuss my own cooking tragedies. I think it is rediculous to not share knowledge, or to be afraid to ask questions, because then the individual is merely re-inventing the wheel or perhaps forcing another individual to re-invent the wheel.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook pasta dishes, steak dishes, and breakfast dishes. I love Southern recipes as well. I am a big fan of chicken, beef, and pork!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Pop is a very versatile cook - He can cook any dish from any Country. My Mom and her side of the family are Polish. I grew up on many different excellent Polish recipes, and I look forward to sharing them on here. I already have her permission lol.
My cooking triumphs
I am really getting spices down to a science now, as well as recipes that require home-made dough. I can see the relationship between a certain food, and the spices and ingredients it calls for. This was not easy for me to learn - In fact, this was (and to a very small extent, still is), my Achilles' heel.
My cooking tragedies
Where should I begin? I've had many tragedies, and probably most of them were a result of an imbalance of spices, or recipes using dough (rising issues). I always learn by my mistakes though. Cooking is a true art.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
German Potato Pancakes
It's not quite what I expect in a potato pancake, but it was really delicious! 5 stars for great flavour. I added a bit more salt and pepper too for my taste. Don't worry about the potatoes discoloring (oxidizing) - Ignore that, because it doesn't matter and won't affect the flavour. That's what shredded potatoes do, and once you cook them, you wouldn't notice the discolouration anyways - more important is draining excess water from the potatoes before mixing in the batter. Thank you very much for the recipe though!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 18, 2008
Southern Fried Chicken
This is what makes me such a fan of good old southern cooking! This recipe is excellent as is, and you can add to it as well - It's a very flexible recipe. Depending on who I am cooking for, I might add garlic salt, cajun seasoning, cayenne pepper, and onion salt. No matter what you add though, the chicken comes out nice and crispy on the outside, and juicy and tender on the inside. It took awhile for me to learn, but if you let the oil heat up to the specified tempurature, the coating won't fall off. Another alternative is to use a deep frier. The oil tempurature is most important. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 18, 2008
Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs
Very excellent recipe! The bacon and cheese really added a nice flavour. I used dijon mustard (for a mild kick), and also added a bit of sour cream. I might try these with Philadelphia Cream Cheese next time. Thank you for the recipe, I'll be making these again!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 27, 2008
 
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