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James Michalek

James Michalek
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Trevor, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: May 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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Route 66 State Park
Me in Titletown USA
About this Cook
I'm a frustrated engineer who was forced to drop out of school when the money ran out. I work in whatever job is stupid enough to hire me, and hope it offers me the free time to pursue my dreams of getting a degree from a tech school (I figure that college will take too long because I go part time).
My favorite things to cook
Anything I can dump in a slow cooker, and stuff that's easy but looks like it isn't
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dad's "Slop-In-The-Pot" and my brother in law's mastery of several slow cookers for a party. Both of these MEN taught me a lot!
My cooking triumphs
How to prepare dry beans: Fill a GLASS jar about a quarter full of beans. Boil some water until it's going gonzo in the pot. Fill the jar with the beans full of the boiling water. Put the lid on the jar (obviously, you're going to have to be careful). Put the jar in the sink in case it doesn't seal. If that's the case, use the beans the next day. If it does, the beans will keep for a while, but I've never kept a jar until it spoiled.
My cooking tragedies
I made stuff other people wouldn't eat, but never anything I couldn't eat myself, so there have been NO tragedies.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Chicago-Style Hot Dog
Not being a pickle or pepper fanatic, I like mine with cucumber wedges instead of the pickles and peppers. For the record, I got a dog this way from a pushcart in Chicago.

22 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 8, 2008
Hamburger Hash
Good stuff quick, which is my favorite sort of recipe. I also liked this little trick I pulled. Instead of potatoes, I added carrots and turnips, so it took longer to cook and I had to add water during the simmer process. After that, I added about a tablespoon of whole wheat flour (for the fiber) and mixed it so it got real thick. That's how I get the ankle biters to eat their vegetables!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2006

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