Kristen Profile - (11112121)


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Living In: Houston, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I live in Houston and LOVE food!! I spend 6 months eating and 6 months dieting every year. This is a great city for food: we have just about every type of food imaginable and there are so many great and price-conscious options, I have a hard time not eating out all the time. So, to save money and time, I've been working on making my own delicious meals and desserts at home. As a teen, I had to cook all the family dinners, so I learned to cook but hated it at the same time. Who knew that I could learn to love cooking about as much as I love eating?
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, trying to become an "expert" in a given area. I was into baking recently. Which led me to realize that I have a gluten problem so now I'm into gluten free. Last year, I was into Indian food and ice cream. Speaking of, I still owe a quart of Kulfi to my friend...I would say that I like variety. I'm always trying new (to me) regional and international recipes. Also, being from Texas, I can't get enough spice and Mexican food!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom was German so my food experiences growing up were a little different than most. In particular, I love dairy and meat way more than I should. I also have a special place in my heart for marzipan and pfannekuchen and just about anything sweet. Favorite family tradition (not really cooking exactly): every year, my mom and I would bring back an entire suitcase filled to bursting with sweets and packaged food from Germany to last us the rest of the year.
My cooking tragedies
Angel food cake. I can never get it right.
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Bacon and Parmesan Penne Pasta
This recipe was easy and good. I really appreciate how easy it was to modify it and make it for only one serving. There just aren't enough meals built for one! I changed it up a bit so I feel bad reviewing it based on my method but here goes. I fried 2 slices of whole bacon first (so it could cool and I could crumble it more easily) and then sauteed the onion in the bacon fat. I added garlic powder, black pepper, and dried basil to the onions. After mixing it all together, I found the end result quite good. I often have leftover bacon and I always keep the other ingredients on hand, so I expect to cook this many times!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 25, 2012
Pumpkin Butter IV
Delicious! I'd never had Pumpkin Butter before and it's quite tasty. I followed the recipe but substituted gelatin for the pectin (I was certain that was a box of Sure Jell!): I don't think it made difference. The texture is like apple butter and easily spreadable.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2011
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free)
I got plenty of compliments on these. I made my own GF baking mix (a hodge-podge of white rice flour, glutinous rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, cornstarch, and xanthum gum) and used 2 eggs (no substitute in the house!). The cookies are thick and chewy and SO EASY TO MAKE! Texture of the dough was perfect: the variations of thickness seen by other reviewers have to be based on choice of baking mix. Thank you for such an simple, tasty GF recipe.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 18, 2011
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