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eclectique cook

eclectique cook
Home Town: At The Shore, New Jersey, USA
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Member Since: Jan. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hours were spent in the kitchen with my Russian grandmother making vareniki, borsht, halupsi, cakes, kruschiki, so I developed my love of cooking from her and the vast meals she served. "Embrace your local pigs feet" I come from a background where you don't waste food, but also grew to cook as an adult during the novelle cuisine era. Interesting combination. Soups are a passion and tradition! When I met my husband, he was able to cook the basics I never perfected, and he <3d to bake. We spent a good amount of time having cooking evenings (making foods that would be burdensome to a single cook ~ but were hugely rewarding together!) and we continue to do this with our boys when our schedule allows.
My cooking triumphs
Creative breakfasts, original ingredient quickbreads, scratch stocks, mastering many multicultural cooking techniques, studying the vast world of cheeses, growing herbs, and ...necessary gluten free cooking. It's delicious!
My cooking tragedies
I am attention deficit. Anyone who tells me it's not real, well just see me try to cook a multiple-step multiple-item meal solo. Ah... at the smell of burned food! Oh the delicious texture to mushy noodles! All while I am IN the kitchen doing other tasks...
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Open Faced Egg Sandwiches with Arugula Salad
Deelish! Quick for Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch or Dinner! Add some fruit afterward, and you'll be satisfied. Wine required for brunch and dinner.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 21, 2014
Cauliflower Salad
Delish! I preferred mine less rich, no eggs, less mayo, less dill pickles. I have to say that yes I improvised with what I had...used no peas, added fresh parsley and used red onion for color, and we ate it immediately, no marination. This a great base idea for a potatoless salad. My teens said "Mom made cauliflower taste good. It's magic! Nuff said. Thanks for the recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2013
Turkey Garbanzo Bean and Kale Soup with Pasta
This is a wonderful, delicious, healthy, and easy to make soup. I haven't tasted anything like it before...both the 11 year old and the 50 year old boys loved it. I didn't have beans (a usual staple here) and it was fine. I used gluten free pasta al dente. Adding extra kale is good! Fresh herb made the flavor sing. My sage and rosemary are overwintering on the south side of my house in NJ. Yummy.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 8, 2011

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