Brian Profile - (11326520)


Home Town: Dallas, Texas, USA
Living In: Carrollton, Texas, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern
Hobbies: Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Lifelong Dallas boy. Married 25 years, with 2 kids who are my everything. Retired very early, so I spend my time as chauffer for the kids, and volunteer work. I do try to get in a good meal to cook when I can.
My favorite things to cook
I really don't have a favorite thing to cook. I just like the satisfaction of trying something new when it turns out better than expected. Easy is a big plus for me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Good, southern cuisine. Not too fancy, but good and hearty comfort foods.
My cooking triumphs
Anytime I don't screw it up, it's a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
Getting ahead of myself, and missing an ingredient. I don't recall it ever getting to the table, but it still sets me off when I realize what I've done.
Recipe Reviews 48 reviews
Spanish Flan
OK, I'm guilty of going through reviews to find a common theme of changes others have made to come up with the best recipe the first time I make things. With this recipe, that was a MISTAKE. I added extra egg, and though still tasty, it had too much of an eggy consistency. Just not very smooth and creamy. The second time, I made it EXACTLY as written. Both kids said it was 10X better. TIPS: 1) don't freak about the sugar. I put my stovetop on 4, and just kept it moving as I was doing other stuff in the kitchen. Don't stir, just bring out your inner chef and move the pot around. It will get lumpy first, but that is normal. 2) I use a deep dish pie plate. 3) keep the dish in the oven so the caramel won't harden too quick when you pour it in. 4) Use a blender to mix egg, milks, and vanilla. 5) If the dish you use is close to full, be sure to put something under it. It does swell up, and will make a mess. I saw no need for the water bath. 6) don't change a thing. Make this as written!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 3, 2013
Braised Balsamic Chicken
This one got a resounding "meh" from the family. It's not like anyone pushed it away or anything, but probably not rotation worthy in our house. Has nothing to do with the balsamic flavor many on here don't like, as I used very good quality. Quick? Check. Easy? Check check. End result? Meh.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 25, 2013
Steff's Shepherd Pie
If you are a meat and potatoes family like we are, this is perfect. With all due respect to seasoned cooks who have a knack for "improving" a recipe, sometimes it's not necessary. This one works as is. I do like my onions cooked with the meat to take out the crunch though. Other than that, maybe a little house seasoning (4 part salts 1 part pepper, 1 part garlic powder) to the meat and onion. The potatoes need to be "serve ready", meaning seasoned to your liking. I found the prepackaged REAL mashed potatoes from the refrigerated section work great. Warm them up first. I did try frozen green beans once, but the family didn't like that at all. This dish just doesn't need an elegant touch. Fast, SUPER easy, and very tasty. That's a 5 for me!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 8, 2013

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