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Home Town: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Living In: East Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a mother of four kids. They love my cooking and beg me to teach them how to cook. They help out with breakfast. I work fulltime and sometimes I cook in a hurry but on the weekends I go all out and make great dishes. My thrill is going out to eat with friends and trying new dishes. I try to copy the recipes. I love music and dancing. I live in the city and love it.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook. I learned from my mom. She cooks everything and she is the queen of left-overs. I cook a lot of chicken dishes and I love to make spanish rice. I mainly cook spanish recipes but I give them an american spin. Quick and easy eats are the tacos, burritos and quesadillas.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When my family gets together we always cook tamales or pupusas. Tamales are corn flour masa stuffed with meat and veggies wraped in a green banana leaf. The kitchen would look like an assembly line, one person stirring the masa on the stove, another cutting up the veggies, another stuffing and wrapping. It's fun because we get to talk and catch up. The pupusas are corn flour tortillas stuffed with meat, chees or refried beans. I make them but not as good as the ones the women in my family make. Even if you have the ingredients, the trick is learning the technique. I still haven't perfected the pupusa, but I haven't given up.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made tamales all by myself and they turned out great. They are not hard to make but it takes a long process and time.
My cooking tragedies
I can't bake even if my life depended on it. Once I made carrot cookies and added too much baking powder, they went to the trash. Another time I made brownies for work and they were hard as a rock. I guess I cooked them too long. To this day my co-workers still tease me about them. They called them killer brownies.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Chicken Marsala
I loved this recipe. I didn't have any sherry so I added more marsala wine and a lot of mushrooms. I took others advice and added extra seasonings to the flour. I added garlic powder, onion powder and oregano. I did pound the chicken to cut cooking time. I used some flour to the end with the wine to thicken the sauce. Everyone asked for seconds, we had no left-overs.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 11, 2007
Simple Southwestern Chicken Salad
Very good, I served it on wheat pita pockets. One change I did do, I added the seasoning and a bit of oil to the raw chicken and then grilled it in my George Forman grill. It was the best.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 15, 2007
Chicken Chimichangas with Green Sauce
I found this recipe by mistake. I never thought of making them myself at home. They turned out good. I did make a couple of changes. I suggest cooking the chicken with the seasoning, using 1/2 of the cream cheese and 1/2 of the sour cream. I found them easy to wrap if you warm up the tortillas first. I will make them again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 26, 2007

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