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Home Town: New Jersey, New Jersey, USA
Living In: New Jersey, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a grad student who discovered that the kitchen is not a place to be afraid of after getting married in 2010. My husband is a wonderful cook, and has passed his love of food on to me. It's great to share that with each other. Unfortunately my schoolwork keeps me away from home quite often, and I don't get to enjoy cooking as much as I'd like; however I make the most of what little time I have in my kitchen. I'm a pesco-vegetarian, or pescetarian (I eat seafood but no meat) while my husband is a regular ol' omnivore. This creates some challenges for our meal planning, but I think we compromise pretty well. :)
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my slow-cooker!!! So I love to cook anything in my slow-cooker. I'm especially fond of cooking Indian, Mediterranean and Asian dishes, but also enjoy things a bit more tame once and a while.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is a great baker, and each year for New Year's she makes a Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry Cake). Delicious! I'm also a big fan of her potato pancakes, which are made every year as a special treat for supper on Good Friday. My grandma's Rainbow Cookies (which everyone calls Petite Fours, even though they're not petite fours...) that are made every Easter are also a treat for me. I'm really happy to have found a recipe (actually, on this website!) for Spaetzle, a German noodle that my family has always loved but for some weird reason has always bought frozen. I can't wait to try the recipe and hopefully start a new tradition in our German family! :)
My cooking triumphs
I'm so lucky to have my husband, who has patiently taught me to cook ever since our marriage in August 2010. Since then, some of the best things I've made have been (in my opinion): Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Satay, Creamy Summer Squash Soup, Vegan Potato Curry, Baked Apricot Chicken, Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie, and a Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Cake for my husband's birthday this summer.
My cooking tragedies
*sigh* Sadly, I have had many cooking tragedies. I have burnt everything under the sun - eggs, chicken, vegetables (on the stove), rice (in the microwave), oven mitts, water (yep.), tofu, chocolate... everything. I have also made less-than-tasty dishes. The worst one that comes to mind is when I attempted to make mini pot pies in ramekins using crescent roll dough, cream of celery soup and canned veggies... The dough did not cook, the filling was... *shudder* It was just bad. I'm glad I know better now.
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Baked Tofu Bites
This is really delicious, although a bit salty. When making the marinade, I followed the advice of some of the previous reviews, and used half the proper amount of liquid smoke. To cut the saltiness, next time I think I'll use half the amount of soy sauce. I marinated the tofu for about an hour, setting aside the leftover marinade while baking. (Oh, I doubled the amount of sauce in order to have a good amount of marinade with which to work.) After baking, I added the tofu to the remainder of the sauce and warmed it all in a saucepan on the stove until the sauce was simmering and had coated the tofu. It was super tasty - even my husband, who is not a vegetarian, loved it!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 7, 2013
Cranberry Orange Loaf
Only added 1 tsp. of cinnamon. Otherwise I followed the directions exactly. Such a good way of using up leftover fresh cranberries from Thanksgiving! Yum!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 7, 2013
Raspberry Oat Bars
These were delicious! The only thing I added was 1 tsp. of cinnamon to the crumble mixture. I advise cutting these into small-ish-sized cookies, because they're a little heavy in a larger size. However, these were my favorite holiday cookies that I made this year!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 7, 2013

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