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Home Town: Binghamton, New York, USA
Living In: Lake Worth, Florida, USA
Member Since: May 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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About this Cook is a blog based in South Florida containing recipes, restaurant reviews, and anything related to food. You can also follow me on Twitter @FriendlyFork.
My favorite things to cook
Ethnic peasant food and homey foods that remind me of my New England childhood. I especially love asian and latin american foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas I make Peanut Brittle and Date Nut Chews from my mom's old recipes. Those oldies always get the best reviews. My mom makes the most incredible apple strudel EVER. You can't buy anything like it. I hope to have the patience and skill to do that myself one day. I still cook a version of slovak "kluskis", which has been passed down for several generations. Its basically potato dumplings in fried cabbage and onions. It's my comfort food now.
My cooking tragedies
I grew up making cream puffs, but when I tried to make them in South Florida they came out soggy and "flat" somehow. I made them for a party of Cubans that I was trying to impress. Oh well. I blame the humidity here. I haven't tried to make them again.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Simply the Easiest Beef Brisket
I originally rated this 4 stars, but upgraded to 4 after eating the leftovers in sandwiches. The leftovers were incredibly delicious simply heated and heaped onto potato rolls. I originally said that the sauce was delicious although a bit soupy. The meat itself was disappointing. It was tender but it tasted as if the flavor had been boiled out of it. I wanted it to be tender and juicy, but it was "dry" flavorless meat in a soupy sauce. I cooked it on 300 since my oven runs hot. After 3 hours it was still very firm. It was 4 lbs so I figured it needed more time. After another hour it was tender. I took it out and let it sit for about 30 minutes before serving. I think the brisket I am looking for is cooked with the fat and is moist and tender. I'll keep looking for that recipe. In the meantime, this recipe is a keeper for sandwiches. I think it would probably work well in a crockpot for that purpose with a bit less juice.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2014
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Fabulous Beef Tenderloin
the best thing I have ever made or eaten. anywhere. LOVED it!.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2012
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