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Home Town: Bakersfield, California, USA
Living In: Hollister, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Hiking/Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I rarely follow recipies, however I read TONS of recipies, and think about the flavor combinations and methods used. Then when I get in my own kitchen, I use that information from memory to create my own dishes. I believe in tasting every ingredient separately, so you know the flavors you're putting into your food. And yes, I've tried almost every spice I've ever cooked with on its own, raw. Not always pleasant, but, I get a feel for it in my food.
My favorite things to cook
I love playing in the kitchen!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Exeperimentation. My dad is famous for going into the pantry and just grabbing random things to throw together. That is how I learned that creamed corn, mac n'cheese & spaghettios do NOT make a good goulash! I learned a lot about what compliments and what doesn't from his example. And although his combos didn't usually work well, I learned it is ok to take a risk and ok to be daring and play with your food.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Festive Fresh Blueberry and Cranberry Relish
This is the second year I've made this for Thanksgiving, and it is fabulous! The first year I made it as written, and it was great, however it was a little more runny than I would have liked, as most other people commented on. So this year, since I wanted a larger batch I decided to use two bags of fresh cranberries (12 oz each) and two packages of fresh blueberries (6 oz each. I kept the OJ at only 1 cup, left out the orange zest, and doubled the vanilla. The result was a very jellied cranberry sauce that was perfect! I also added a few sprinkles of cinnamon, which complements it very well. I am not a fan of cranberry, but this is just awesome! Especially on Vanilla Ice Cream!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2013
Whipped Cream
SUPER easy! And it really did only take about 5 mins (after chilling the bowl and whisk for 10 mins) We had a "Whipped Cream Bar" for a coworker's birthday... AngelFood Cake and Pound Cake with strawberries and 6 different flavors of whipped cream. They all turned out AMAZING! Here were the flavors I made: (add in amounts are approximate, and can be increased/decreased to control for flavor intensity and texture) Regular - as stated in recipie Strawberry - mixed in about 1/2 cup of sliced and sugared strawberries Banana - add 2 tbs Banana pudding mix Chocolate - add 2 1/2 tbs Chocolate pudding mix Butterscotch - add 2 tbs Butterscotch pudding mix & 4 crushed Werther's hard candies Sweet Almond - add 2 tsp Almond extract and 1 cup slivered almonds The flavors were a HUGE hit ... I got proposed to TWICE because of it! hahahaha!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 5, 2010
Rice Cereal Energy Bars
PEANUT FREE VARIATION!!!- We have a very sensitive peanut allergy in my family, so I substituted sunflower butter in place of peanut butter. Because sunflower butter is much more liquid than peanut butter is, I decided to use melted marshmallows (a la rice crispie treats) instead of corn syrup, to sticky it up more. Unfortunately, I didn't use enough marshmallows, so the bars didn't stick together as bars. But it did make a great granola! We just crumbled it up and ate it like trail mix. It tasted great!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 2, 2010

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