thehippiecowgirl Profile - (11327586)

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Home Town: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2009
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I am afraid to say that I am only a beginner in the kitchen. My mother is an excellent cook and has spoiled me over the years with her wonderful meals, which has resulted in me having a rather refined palette...haha ! I have fortunately found a wonderful man who loves to cook and is very skilled in the kitchen, but I am eager to learn how to cook as well. I am really looking forward to perusing for ideas and helpful cooking hints. When I am not in the kitchen (which I have to admit is most of the time), you can find me lost in my books. I just finished my Master's in the United Kingdom and am currently working towards a doctorate in the history of art. My passion in life is travel. I love experiencing different cultures, seeing the world's art and sampling cuisines from world's many kitchens.
My favorite things to cook
I am not a very experienced cook, however, my boyfriend is and I love helping him in the kitchen. I am always in search of a great recipe for us to prepare together. I am the "designer" who selects recipes and provides assistance in the kitchen, but he is definitely the one with the culinary skills! I am from Texas and am always trying to satisfy my cravings for Tex-Mex and he is from England and like most Brits, loves a good curry. We are always in search of tastes that remind us of home and are also huge fans of Italian and Thai food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother makes the BEST flautas de pollo that I have ever tasted. We only make them on special occasions like birthdays and New Year's Eve, but when we do the entire family is vey happy. Maybe I can convince my mother to share her recipe with the community--they are truly out of this world!
My cooking triumphs
I can't say I have had too many triumphs, although my boyfriend and I have now mastered a recipe found in a Williams Sonoma cookbook for a delicious Malaysian coconut curry soup. Some of my favorite cooking memories are from my time in Florence, where I was living and studying for a semester. My roommates and I went to the local market every week and brought home handmade pasta and big blocks of parmesan for some of the most authentic Italian food I have ever enjoyed!
My cooking tragedies
Growing up, I once tried to make a batch of cookies for a charitable event and somehow managed to add twice the required butter. Needless to say the "cookie" dough spread into a pool that quickly burned in the oven. Smoke filled the kitchen and I had to take the baking sheet outside and bang it against a tree to get the blackened burnt dough off my mother's now ruined pan!
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce
A good base for a delicious sauce! I used an entire block of Gorgonzola when I made it, nearly tripling the original quantity of the cheese but I do like the taste of Gorgonzola. As another reviewer has advised, do not add too much cheese to start if you are not accustomed to the strong flavor of this cheese. I also added five cloves of garlic for added flavor. I didn't have walnuts on hand, but would have added them if I did. I am a huge fan of strong cheeses and have missed the strong Gorgonzola pasta dishes I ate when I was living in Italy. I recommend pouring this sauce over medium-sized Conchiglie (shell pasta), Gnocchi (soft Italian dumplings filled with potato), or, ideally Trofiette (twisted rag-looking pasta) if you can find it, which is how I usually saw it prepared in Italy!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 15, 2010

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