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K.Jean


K.Jean
 
Home Town: Washingtonville, New York, USA
Living In: Middletown, New York, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Walking, Photography, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I live in beautiful New York State and love every season. I love the art of cooking, love to watch people cook, love to read recipes and when I finally have the time to cook, it is exciting to try something new. For years I only prepared basic meals, like spaghetti and meatballs, roasted chicken and potatoes until I caught a few shows on the Food Network. I became inspired by many of the chef's techniques and cooking styles. I have discovered a great appreciation for fresh herbs, interesting flavor combinations and quality produce. I look forward to learning everything I can about cooking.
My favorite things to cook
Steak or chicken fajitas. I love the whole process of slicing the red and cubanelle peppers, sweet onions, chopping a little cilantro and garlic, and blending these with wonderful flavors of lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, chili powder, salt & pepper, and once cooked, rolling everything in a warm flour tortilla. Fun! Also enjoy the process of making basil pesto, stuffed peppers, manicotti, and meatsauce.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite cooking tradition is spending a day with family and friends every year in early December to bake cookies. It is always a surprise as to what type of cookies everyone will bake and what new friend or neighbor will join us that year.
My cooking triumphs
A triumph to me is any dish or dessert that I'm confident I could serve to someone I don't know. (As family is usually very forgiving!) Among the triumphant is a great recipe I have for New York Style Cheesecake, my own lasagna recipe, a slow simmered pork recipe by Bill Telepan and those amazing chocolate chip cookies on this site.
My cooking tragedies
My cooking tragedies all involve over-estimating cooking time when I'm making my own dishes, especially chicken.
Recipe Reviews 23 reviews
Chicken Florentine Casserole
My husband made this over the weekend and it turned out fantastic. The cooking times were exact. Only changes were to substitute 2% milk for half&half and Smartbalance instead of butter. Delicious! Thank you for a great recipe.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 26, 2008
Salsa Chicken
I modified slightly by using 2 jars of my favorite salsa (Desert Pepper Trading Co.© salsa -medium) and 3 chicken breasts (6 halves) and homemade taco seasoning. I loved this recipe. Served with basmati rice and fresh spinach cooked in olive oil and garlic. Thank you Faye.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 19, 2008
Fiesta Stuffed Peppers
This was excellent. I used a mild jarred salsa (whole jar) and a cup of cooked rice. I was able to fill the 6 pepper halfs and make a small loaf which I served with the peppers. (I cooked loaf 15 minutes longer). I plan to make this a lot this summer. Thank you!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 14, 2008
 
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