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skjaere


skjaere
 
Home Town: Port Angeles, Washington, USA
Living In: Shoreline, Washington, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Genealogy, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a trained field archaeologist, who has lived all over the place, but I never knew a thing about food or cooking until I went to university and fell in with foodies and SCAdians there.
My favorite things to cook
I love experimenting; trying different flavours together or modifying one type of dish into another. Though I am not vegan or gluten-free, I do love the challenge of trying to "fix" my favourite recipes so that more people can enjoy them. I am especially proud of my vegan, gluten-free apple spice cake. My spanakopita is also a force to be reckoned with.
My favorite family cooking traditions
There aren't many cooks in my family, and since we come from largely English, German, and Norwegian stock, there was a lot of meat, starch, and casseroles when I was growing up. I do have a few good cookie and pie recipes from my dad, though.
My cooking triumphs
On several occasions, I have served as right-hand woman in the preparation of mediaeval feasts of 12 courses or more, serving between 40 and 80 people. Though the occasional dish would fail, these were almost invariably successful events.
My cooking tragedies
It's always sad when an experiment fails. And by fails, I mean it turns out inedible; not just differently than what I expected. The other night I attempted gluten-free pita bread, and not only did then not taste good, you could have tiled a floor with them. Bleh.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Duck Breasts with Raspberry Sauce
I modified this recipe to roast a whole duck, and it was fantastic! I scored the skin and rubbed the whole thing down with the cinnamon/sugar/salt mixture before putting it in the oven (for the record, I just used regular kitchen salt and white sugar). I also quartered a whole lemon to put in the cavity and keep it moist. For the sauce, I replaced the red wine and cassis with a raspberry wine, and used mixed berries. I roasted some red potatoes in the pan with it, and it all came out delicious.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 23, 2013
Perfect Pumpkin Pie
I don't even like pumpkin pie, and I LOVE this recipe! But because I can never resist experimenting in the kitchen, when I make it, I double the nutmeg and add 1/2 t. ground cloves and 1/2 t. vanilla. Gorgeous!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 30, 2007
 
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