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Home Town: Naples, Florida, USA
Living In: Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Just me.
Me at my not-so-fine
About this Cook
My name is Sara. I am a college student and vegetarian who finds cooking and baking to be super relaxing.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook and eat desserts, and share them with friends (after all, friends who gain weight together, stay together).
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom's southern cooking is second to none; sweet potato casserole and pecan pie are my favorites.
My cooking triumphs
Every time I get a thumbs up from my friends.
My cooking tragedies
The one time I tried to make pommes frittes for my mom for breakfast when I was 16. Used WAY too high heat on the stove and ended up making the smoke alarm go off (thus waking everyone in the house).
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Baked Spaghetti
Very good - wish that I had non-stick foil, but c'est la vie. I ended up just baking it in the pan. I made a few modifications to the recipe: I used Boca crumbles instead of ground beef, I nixed the ricotta cheese (not a huge fan), and I added lightly sauteed eggplant and onions to the ground beef/sauce mix, which ended up being an excellent decision. Some of it stuck to the bottom (as I knew it would), but it was still utterly delicious. As someone else mentioned, though, I think it would be much improved if there was a layer of sauce directly on the pasta. The pasta became a bit dry without the sauce directly on top. Overall, though, I would definitely make this recipe again!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 25, 2011
Chicken with Couscous
Very flavorful. I made the prescribed 4 servings, and my boyfriend ate 3 of those servings! The one change that I made was that I boiled the carrots in water for about 5 minutes before adding them to the sauté pan. I really don't like having carrots in a cooked dish that are anything short of fully cooked. I also majorly cut down on the jalapeños - I added a few to the oil, cooked them, and then removed the jalapeños. The oil retained just enough of the heat to give the dish flavor without killing your sinuses. I'd definitely make this dish again!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 22, 2011
Fabulous Zucchini Grinders
Delicious! I sauteed diced eggplant along with the zucchini, and it was absolutely fantastic! Really easy to make and very tasty; I will definitely be making these again.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 7, 2011

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