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Home Town: Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Living In: Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Boating, Fishing, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I love ethnic cooking as well as traditional American comfort foods. Love to travel, been to over 75 countries. Sampling the food abroad is the highlight.
My favorite things to cook
I'm best with Italian, Greek, French, Turkish and other Med cuisines. I mastered the South & Central American ceviche having traveled thru Columbia, Ecuador, Chile, Panama.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family did the traditional Betty Crocker cooking in the 60s and 70s but now is far more gourmet. Much better awareness of using fresh ingredients and aware of international foods. Night and day between 1971 and 2011 :)
My cooking triumphs
Best is probably my unusual Italian lasagne, an all white bolognese and a meatball one with red and white sauce. Having traveled the Middle East I've also mastered proper kabobs and a really great yoghurt sauce with cucumber. Curries and spiced fragrent rice dishes. I've mastered MD crabcakes though never living there but on both sides DE and VA. I do great fried steak, the real southern way with the rich creamy country gravy. I also make a really great traditional Spanish paella. I've made escargot in the past, comes out good but not as appetizing actually making it, its better to order in a restaurant :) I do make some great hand shredded beef enchiladas and mexican rice.
My cooking tragedies
Way too many to list. But to come to mind first was trying to impress in-laws visiting when first married. The meal was a disaster, fish overcooked and veggies came out rock hard, trying to achieve that cooked but still firm effect, terrible. I'm extremely bad at any Asian cooking but love Asian cuisine, I don't know I think I'm just a failure there.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Zucchini Lasagna
This was ok, nothing to rave about. I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand and made today. I was a bit hesitant to try something with cottage cheese vs. ricotta and a white sauce with chicken bullion/milk mixture instead of all milk and the cream cheese though sounds great didn't work. It had an ok flavor. Next time I will do the standard white sauce with parmesan and not cream cheese and do a traditional ricotta cheese filling. The zucchini concept is great, carrots are always wonderful too and if one isn't crazy about zucchini you could easily substitute that with spinach.

14 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 15, 2011
Garithes Yiouvetsi
Excellent Recipe. You must follow the directions, you can't use dried herbs, you have to include all what seems to be an incredible amount of onions (scallions). If using fresh tomatoes you have to cook them down otherwise too soupy as others have mentioned. The sauce needs to be thick, really sticking to the spoon. Remembering you are putting in raw shrimp that will exude juice. I found worked for quick fix is Hunts diced tomatoes in sauce. Great recipe if made right!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 11, 2011

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