Melissa Profile - (10958007)

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Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In: Carpentersville, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2008
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Yummiest Rice Pudding Ever!
Becca, myself, and Christian
Christian and I at my baking banquet at school
About this Cook
My name is Melissa. I am in my 30's and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. I graduated from The Cooking and Hospitality Institute and I now work as a Kitchen Manager for Sodexo. I enjoy reading tremendously and, of course, cooking. I find very helpful in helping me plan meals for myself and my family on a tight budget.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try new recipes. I am always searching online for new ideas and this is the first time I have ever joined a recipe site. I love food from other cultures. I take a particular interest in middle eastern foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My father is Puerto Rican, so when I was growing up, my mother cooked a lot of spanish food. It's all very good, but also very unhealthy. A lot of frying going I try to steer away from cooking like that on a regular basis
My cooking triumphs
I have had a lot of professional training, so I can use many techniques and methods for a variety of foods.
My cooking tragedies
Baking! I'm not horrible, actually, I'm pretty good, but I have this anxiety when it comes to baking. I learned in school that baking is a science, and if you don't get it just right, your resulting product will suffer. So I am always so worried when I bake something.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Mexican Rice II
Absolutely delicious! I didn't have to alter anything in this recipe. All measurements were perfect. Thank you!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 20, 2011
Turkey Pot Pie II
This got rave reviews from the fam. I'll be making it again! Oh, I only subbed chicken in place of the turkey but I didn't change anything else. Thanks for a keeper!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 2, 2011
Winter Vegetable Hash
DELICIOUS! I wouldn't change a thing, it is perfect as it is! Thanks for sharing! :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 2, 2011

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