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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 13 reviews
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
Tempeh Fajitas
A good basic dish, but I definitely made some modifications. As many recommended, I marinated the tempeh beforehand, which made it very flavorful. Instead of using green bell peppers (neither my significant other nor I are fans), I used red and yellow bell peppers, nixed the mushrooms and spinach, and used 1 clove of garlic and 3/4 of a white onion instead of using onion powder. Since I didn't have corn oil on hand, I used canola oil, which worked out wonderfully. I added the cilantro after cooking the dish (since I think raw cilantro looks prettier and imparts a more distinct flavor than cooked cilantro) along with a scallion that I had in the fridge. I served the dish with sliced avocado atop, fresh salsa, Mexican rice, and corn tortillas. My boyfriend said it was better than our favorite local Mexican restaurant's fajitas!

22 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 17, 2011

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