maryyyy Profile - (13022093)

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Home Town: La, California, USA
Living In: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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fried chicken
About this Cook
I absolutely adore spending all day in the kitchen and trying out new recipes. I feel pretty confident with most Italian and Mexican food, and am now leaning towards learning more traditional French cuisine. I love making things from scratch- I figure if someone's grandmother had to do it, I should do it too!
My favorite things to cook
my grandmother's sunday gravy, various breads, most desserts, lasagna bolognese, short ribs and aligot potatoes, mexican food! reductions and sauces, homemade ketchup.
My cooking triumphs
i successfully rendered my own duck fat! also, i killed a lobster once.
My cooking tragedies
the cheesecake with so much zest in it it tasted like eating burnt hair.
Recipe Reviews 28 reviews
Beef and Guinness(R) Stew
Had to change some measurements because I didn't have correct amounts on hand: I didn't quite cover my veggies (added turnips) with chicken broth, so used 2 11 ounce bottles of Guinness, didn't have fresh thyme so I used a teaspoon of ground instead, added a full 6 oz can of tomato paste (what am I going to do with a leftover 4 oz?) and then added a teaspoon of turmeric for good measure. It all cooked down quite nicely, no need to add flour to thicken, I'm guessing maybe from some of the starches released from the turnips? Served it with cheesy green onion mashed potatoes. My husband doesn't like beef stew in general and says he really liked this, so this recipe is a keeper.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 12, 2014
Mmm-Mmm Better Brownies
surprisingly good. i used olive oil as it's all i had on hand and it turned out fine. i think a smaller pan would definitely suffice as the brownies turned out a bit thin, but there was no sacrifice on taste. will make again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 8, 2011
Tiramisu II
Somehow tasted a bit bland to me, even after spending the night in the fridge, but it is probably because I omitted the rum. I will definitely make it again, using rum, or marsala wine. Make sure you whisk the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until they are light yellow before you boil them. Also, double your espresso mixture! Had I only made the 1/4 cup I don't think it would have been enough. Update: After two days in the fridge the taste improved considerably and got rave reviews- people were telling me i need to open a bakery!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 23, 2011
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