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Right on!, Rachel

Right on!, Rachel
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Member Since: Apr. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Photography, Music, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing
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Greek Pasta Salad
About this Cook
29 yr old food lover, movie lover, art lover, outdoors lover, travel lover, music lover, family lover, dancing lover...ect ect ect... My nana, who is my 'other-mother', is dutch-russian, and my grandfather is from Spain .. they reside in Mexico for half of the year and my nana makes the most **amazing** european/spanish food .. my ex-husband's family was polish, they made great things too .. (perrogies..homemade sausage..ect).. my cooking influences came from my nana, and my mother, and my ex's family...
My favorite things to cook
I like world cuisine and ethnic food.. I love east indian food, mexican food, asian food...I love bold flavors and I love spicy anything... I also like to cook family favorites, things my kids, family, friends like.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Nana makes the most wonderful food in the world .. she is in her mid 70's and she still cooks family dinners for 20+ people, all by hand. her recipes and meals are legendary. We have family dinners often, and she cooks for days beforehand .. other than that, I am a mother myself, and I put effort into our mealtimes.. dinner is the most important one.. usually when the kids come home from school, I am already working on dinner. We all sit at the table, and we put on dinner music every night .. sometimes it's Miles Davis or Adele, sometimes it's classical or swing jazz, or sometimes it's Lady Gaga or top 40 (for the kids) .. we also light candles, every night... it's the perfect way to bring the family together and talk about the day over a great meal..
My cooking triumphs
homemade samosa's with dough made by hand.. homemade perrogies... that was an all-day affair, I think it took 7 hours! I made 3 different kinds of filling and had to re-make more dough a few times...learned a 'good' way to make ribs... cooked my first turkey a few years ago... homemade bread (without a bread-maker)(lots of kneading! ..and patience)
My cooking tragedies
I haven't had anything too horrible turn out ... when I first started cooking when I was 15/16 I just did the usual over-cooking of the roast, or not enough seasoning thing .. I quickly learned that using quality fresh herbs/spices, and really knowing your temperture gauges and the proper heat to use (i.e. the stove control knob dosn't *always* have to be on 'high'), and you can't go wrong with whatever you make :)
Recipe Reviews 73 reviews
Fruity Curry Chicken Salad
This is my fav chicken salad recipe, and it's very easy to modify to your taste/what you have on hand. I use this chicken salad as a lunch option for my kids at school, so they aren't always eating sodium-packed deli meat everyday.. For use at school, I omit the nuts and use sunflower seeds. If I happen to make it on a weekend for eating at home, I usually use walnuts (for the omega-3's/our own preference). I follow the recipe exact, but I use a little less mayo, and at the end I squeeze some fresh lemon juice on it, throw in a bit of fresh chopped parsley, and mix well. I make it the night before, so the flavours marry overnight. I usually stuff it into a pita, sometimes with some chopped romaine.. or make a wrap out of it with a whole wheat tortilla.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 10, 2013
Curried Cashew, Pear, and Grape Salad
This salad is AMAZING! I followed the recipe exact, with the exception of adding *more bacon* (I used a maple bacon, about hlaf of the pkg)... for convenience I toasted the cashews in the oven at 350 for just over 10 minutes while I cooked the bacon. The dressing is very good! it would also be a great basting sauce for chicken or pork on the grill... It is a impressive salad, with a bit of a spicy kick. I tossed the salad with the nuts/dressing, but left the pears out. I put the salad on each plate, then added the pears in slices ontop of each serving.. about 3 fanned-out slices. makes for a nice presentation. Served the salad with 'Savory Garlic Marinated Steaks' from this site and mini roasted potatoes. the salad went FAST.. people were squabbeling over who got the last bit.. excellent, thanks so much!! definite keeper :))

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 25, 2012
Missy's Candied Walnut Gorgonzola Salad
this is one of my favorite salads now.. fruit can easily be mixed in as well. Chunks of pear works very well (paired with pork).. blackberries work well, too... love the candied walnuts! this is one of the few salads my kids actually eat

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 30, 2012
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