Stephicus Profile - (12325257)

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Living In: Oak Grove, Missouri, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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Handsome & Me
It's just me...
About this Cook
I love to cook for the joy of cooking. I know my cooking makes people happy. I know they enjoy it. That makes me extremely happy. The satisfaction of seeing friends and family enjoy what I put so much effort into is immensely gratifying, and I just love knowing my loved ones are happy no matter what it is making them so. It's truly enjoyable to see how I make my friends and family happy through one of my passions. :) I'm a country girl at heart with a chic city streak hiding beneath. My tastes in everything are ecclectic and ever changing. I have many other joys and passions besides cooking, including: horseback riding, drawing, painting, writing poetry and short stories, reading, music, visiting museums, road trips with roadside attractions, fishing, camping and many other "country girl" outdoor activities.
My favorite things to cook
I absolutely love cooking just about anything, but my favorite things to cook would be the things that my friends and family enjoy the most (the things they ask me to cook repeatedly). Anything I can use as a base recipe then turn into my own with little variations here and there is always a plus in my book! I am also an adventurous cook and LOVE trying new recipes! So, any new recipe is a favorite until I find out if it's a flop! LOL
My favorite family cooking traditions
Whoopie Pies. My Nana made these when I was little, before they were a "new" food on the scene. People who are into the whoopie pie fad these days don't understand that these were a baking tradition for many families starting generations ago. I always think of them as a New England recipe as that is where my Nana was from, and the only place that I knew people knew they existed when I was a kid. I shouldn't dwindle the traditions down to just one. I loved baking with my Nana. She made everything from fresh bread to from scratch cake donughts and more. No mixes ever started her baking recipes. Baking with my Nana was always a special event and I still enjoy using her recipes to this day. She is the one who imparted my love of baking.
My cooking triumphs
I have many personal cooking triumphs, and I'm not ashamed to say that. Why? Because what I consider a triumph is creating a dish I've never made before perfectly the first time I make it. One of my most recent personal triumphs would be roasting a delicious leg of lamb successfully on my first attempt! Amazing! I also recently found a Tikka Masala recipe on the site that I was thrilled turned out tasting just like the dish at my husband's and my favorite Indian restaurant! YUM!
My cooking tragedies
For some reason my first ever attempt at crockpot chicken noodles was a complete failure. I followed the recipe as indicated, but the noodles were overdone and became mushy creating a glue like texture that was very unpleasing. My second attempt at chicken and noodles was on the stove without a recipe, just "winging it" and THAT was a much more successful result. So, maybe it was the fault of the crockpot recipe with my first attempt. ;) One other "tragedy" that sticks out in my mind was my failed homemade cornbread when I was about 13. It came out as flat as can be without a single hint of levening... which I swore I had to have put in... but being 13 and new to cooking and baking I am now sure that is exactly what was missing lol.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Curried Cumin Potatoes
Needs more curry (more like 2 TBS), a little chicken broth and cream or coconut milk. That's what I did, because as written this recipe is destined to fail.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 11, 2014
Easy Tuna Patties
I absolutely love tuna patties. They are easy to make and always so tasty. I enjoy adding a small dash of Ol Bay seasoning to my patties to give them a little exta zip. Always very tasty! :)

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Reviewed On: Jan. 8, 2014
Curry Stand Chicken Tikka Masala Sauce
Absolutely loved this!!! It tastes just like the Tikka Masala from our favorite Indian restaurant, we are in love! And it really is surprisingly simple! Because there are so many; the ingredient list may look daunting to the novice, but the directions are so simple and direct that it should be no problem for even said novice! One good cooking trick I like, when so many ingredients - especially spices - need to be added at once, is to measure them all out ahead of time in a separate bowl. I like to dumb each measurement into a nice neat pile in the bowl so I can keep track of what I've already measured out. Then when the time comes to add the spices I can just dump them all in at once and don't run the risk of burning any of the spices while I'm still measuring and dumping others. I also started the chicken (and upped the curry to 3/4tsp) while the sauce was simmering for 10-15 min after adding the cream (side note: YES you MUST use heavy cream if you want this to be the real deal!). You could also start the chicken while sauce is simmering for the first 10 min before adding cream and set it aside to wait for later. Either way, start the chicken while your sauce is simmering to help cut down on time. One last thing, I used a sauce pan for the sauce part instead of a skillet. The higher sides make it so much easier to stir quickly and continuously. ;)

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Reviewed On: Sep. 16, 2013

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