Gilletten Profile - (11691958)

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Home Town: Oakland, California, USA
Living In: Schofield Barracks (Wahiawa), Hawaii, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Military wife and mom. I love cooking and baking and apparently my husband's troop loves my cooking and baking too. I appreciate my husband and family, and they appreciate my cooking. My three year old tells me I am the best cooker ever. Ha ha ha. I am a perfectionist sometimes and I love to decorate because I am a little bit of an artist. I love all kinds of cuisine.
My favorite things to cook
Cakes and cupcakes and frostings and meringues. Pies, stews, pot roasts, fried chicken, vegetarian, cheesecakes, omelettes, spaghetti, beans, LOVE southern food! Macaroni and cheese, caramels, cookies, brownies, fudges. Variety is the spice of kitchens ;)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom's everything. She makes the best Japanese food. I love it when her and her friends get together cause then it's like Japanese buffet! My mom is also a good American food cook also. Her food always tastes light and not greasy greasy, but flavorful and rich. Kinda sounds contradictory, but her stews never have an oil slick on top and still taste rich and delicious and the potatoes don't melt into the sauce. She also has a super power and picks the best produce and meats. I don't know how she does it!!!
My cooking triumphs
I work very hard and dammit I am a perfectionist. A big thing I am guilty of is trying a recipe and then making it like twenty times in a row. I noticed I can't ever keep a recipe the same. I have done hours of decorating with frosting and I put my back into my work so it meets my expectations. I want my foods to be visually appealing as well as pleasing to the pallette.
My cooking tragedies
Biggest learning experience: TEMPERING EGGS! Once as a kid I tried to make divinity and even though I tried so hard to pour the hot sugar syrup into the eggs slowly as I beat the mixture in, I still ended up with scrambled eggs in my candy. I liked to mock cooking shows even though I never really had the right ingredients. I was like 9. Instead of a splash of milk when I scrambled my eggs I would use like a half cup and my pan would always have a ton of liquid left over in it. Now I know eggs don't need more than a splash of milk to help keep them moist. I made up a lot of stuff when I was a kid and a lot of it ended up in the trash. But everything take practice!!!
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken
Perfect as is! Make extra sauce, my husband and kids loved this recipe, even my picky daughter who is singling out and despising all foods that are not from a drive thru, she asked me to make more. I will be making this a lot. Thanks!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 1, 2012
Quick Yeast Rolls
I followed the recipe and I got muffin-y rolls. I thought it was way too liquidy but figured I would follow the recipe to the T. I will give it a try again. BUT I did follow the recipe exactly and was not super happy with my burnt muffin rolls.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 12, 2010
PHILADELPHIA New York Cheesecake III
My cheesecake is horribly cracked in the middle!!! Like a huge Grand Canyon split going in several directions. What did I do wrong? I'm not blaming the recipe or giving it a bad review cause I know it can't be the recipe. Any big tips for this?

305 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 2, 2010

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