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Amy C

Amy C
Home Town: Greater Detroit Area, Michigan, USA
Living In: Lansing, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Onions still crisp at 4 hrs - need to cook longer - added more chili powder, cumin, & 1/2 lime juice
Savory Stuffed Mushrooms
Sour Cream 'n Onion Mashed Potatoes
Savory Stuffed Mushrooms
Sour Cream 'n Onion Mashed Potatoes
About this Cook
I love ethnic foods, using fresh ingredients, aromatic foods, the smell of different & unusual spices, and authentic tastes. I think food should be savored and appreciated, not gulped down. I also tend to be a "recipe" follower the first few times I make something; then I tweak. Sadly, I am not an "intuitive" cook who can whip together a great meal out of whatever's on hand.
My favorite things to cook
"Rices & spices", stir-fry's, Indian cuisine, Asian cuisine, baked fish recipes, crock-pot recipes, and almost anything with mushrooms. I love to EAT Middle Eastern food, but alas, have not really even tried cooking it, aside from Hummus. The stuff available in Dearborn, MI, Arabic restaurants is so unbelievably good, I hesitate to even mess with it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was raised a vegetarian (am not one anymore), so ate a lot of "fake" meats such as Worthington brand Choplets, Vega-Links, Frichik, Nuteena, cottage cheese loaf, Special K loaf, etc. I still like that stuff too, to this day, and am glad I was exposed to it. I enjoy Morning Star Farms and Boca veggie meats also.
My cooking triumphs
Pork Vindaloo (it is restaurant-quality awesome!), Bagghar-E-Chawwal (seasoned rice), Chicken Picatta-Marsala (my own recipe), Perfect Chocolate Cake, my Thanksgiving Turkey rocked (only 2nd time making turkey ever - of course, how could any meat with a whole stick of butter and 3 different chopped, fresh herbs smothered all over it NOT rock?), Thai Scallops, my Greenbean Casserole w/baby bella mushrooms and heavy cream (my mother said it was the best she ever tasted - hooray!)
My cooking tragedies
RECENT EPIC FAILURES: 1) Emeril's Classic Chicken Parmesan (I know, sounds good, right? What could go wrong? Well, smoked Paprika + smoked mozzarella = smoke fest). A little smoke goes a looong way. 2) Using eggs in Paula Deen's Creamy Crock-Pot Mac & Cheese recipe = teeny, tiny little pieces of cooked egg throughout, which was rather off-putting.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Good soup, but slightly lacking in depth of flavor. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs since they have more flavor and are more tender than breasts (put into crock-pot raw; no need to pre-cook). I added all the ingredients listed, cooked on high for 5 hours, pulled chicken thighs out at 4 hours and shredded with a fork (they basically fell apart they were so tender), threw chicken back in, then tasted. Soup did not have enough punch or flavor for me, so I added another 1/2 t. of both the cumin and chili powder, then added a few dashes of Penzey's 4S Seasoned Salt and the juice of half of a lime. The broth is thin, but that is typically how tortilla soup is. Note: I originally added one medium chopped onion, as recipe stated, but ended up pulling a lot of onion back out, as that's all I could smell when it was cooking, and it looked to onion-heavy. Also, the onion was not soft for me until after 5 hours of cooking. Crunchy onions are not something I enjoy in soup, so I cooked it for longer than the recommended 3-4 hours on high, waiting for the onions to soften. Overall good, with the added spices, etc. I listed here.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2010
Pixie's Indian Style Halibut
I followed the recipe exactly. The finished product was too salty. If I make it again, I will cut down on the both the 1 T. of salt in the water the raw fish soaks in before cooking, and cut down on the 1 t. of salt in the "breading". And I love salty food, so if I think it's too salty, those of you that don't prefer salty foods should really watch the amounts. Halibut is at least twice the price of other similar white fish, such as tilapia, cod, etc. I paid $16 for 10 oz. of Halibut, while the other similar white fishes ran from $6 to $8 for the same amount. Halibut is extremely flaky, so it fell apart right in the pan when I turned the filets - which was fine. The end result was about 10 pieces of fallen apart fish. It was very easy and quick to make - couldn't be simpler. But the finished product for me was good, not great.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 20, 2009
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Not my favorite egg salad recipe - and I typcially love egg salad. I made the recipe exactly as posted, except I reduced the mayo to approx. 1/2 cup + 2 T. based on previous reviews (you can always add more if needed, but can never take it out once made). I did not care for the dill or the garlic, as they overpowered every other flavor. And I am a dill lover, so I was very disappointed that I did not like the dill. I will try this again, omitting the dill, adding some sweet pickle relish, using either freshly minced onion or Onion Salt instead of Onion Powder, and probably omitting the garlic.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 17, 2009
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