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Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Living In: Indiana, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Indian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books
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Blog...  4 posts
Jan. 21, 2012 2:09 pm 
Updated: Jan. 22, 2012 1:21 pm
Time today for some serious food safety as we gear up for the Big Game! (can I say Super Bowl without getting sued?) Even if you're┬ánot much of a football fan, stick with me. Everyone loves a party, but no one wants to go home with leftovers - if they include a nice helping of Staph bacteria.… MORE
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From The Blog:  The FoodNazi to the Rescue
About this Cook
I got my first cookbook when I was about 7, it was a Betty Crocker for kids. I started cooking and never looked back. I also like to decorate cakes and cookies as a hobby. My job is a food safety specialist; I have worked mostly in the regulatory field but some in industry as well. Because of my background I'm well versed in foodborne disease and personal and kitchen hygiene and my family thinks I'm a germaphobe! I love food; I love to cook it, eat it, and critique it. I also am very particular about which restaurants I'll eat at...that's the hazard of my job!
My favorite things to cook
Mostly I like to cook for my family or friends. I like to do hors deouvres, desserts, and ethnic foods. I spend a lot of my day in kitchens, but I still like to come home and make dinner for my family.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas my mom and I have cookie day, where we make huge batches of cookies and treats for everyone. We also usually host Thanksgiving dinner and we try to make some new dishes every year. In our family it's taboo to open a can or warm up frozen foods! Everything is from scratch (mostly), especially for big holiday dinners. We even like to experiment with fancy cocktails and fun drinks for the kids.
My cooking triumphs
I made my brother's wedding cake, the first and only one I have done.
My cooking tragedies
Boy can I mess up candy! Sticky, lumpy, burned, you name it. Can't do candy to save my life. Another one was the first weekend we moved into our very first house when my husband and I were married. I got up early and decided to make a batch of muffins in my new gas oven to surprise him for breakfast. Unfortunately, during the unpacking process, someone helping us had decided to store some of my potholders in the "drawer" under the oven, which was actually the broiler of the gas stove. I had just slid the muffin pan into the oven, when the kitchen filled with black smoke. I didn't know where it was coming from but all the smoke detectors went off and I quickly opened all the windows. My husband ended up having to call the fire department. Since it was a Sunday and the firemen were bored, they sent 3 engines to our house and dragged my stove onto the front lawn, where it burned a big hole in the grass. I was so mortified I stood in the back yard and cried.
Recipe Reviews 26 reviews
Bolivian Saltenas
I had never made anything like this before, but my son requested it. They were fantastic! The dough for the bread is delicious - a little bit of sweetness to it. The only changes I made were to use Grillers, a meatless substitute for the ground beef. The filling is so flavorful, we didn't miss the meat at all. I also added a little garlic, and my family doesn't like olives (although I love them), so I omitted them. To speed things up a bit, I used shredded frozen hash brown potatoes, and these worked great. Those two substitutions did make the cooking go more quickly. We served them with a fruity salsa, a nice compliment to the flavors. Don't skip the egg wash either; the little pockets have a lovely shine and texture that you wouldn't get otherwise. The recipe is a little time-consuming, but the family asked me to put this in the regular rotation. Thanks for a great recipe!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2013
Pear Bread Pudding
I would give this 3 1/2 if I could...just not my favorite bread pudding recipe; a lot of expensive ingredients to buy and I agree with another reviewer this was a little bland. I changed the servings to 8 for my family, and it was still underdone at 30 minutes, so adjust your times accordingly. Also, I could barely squeeze my ingredients into a 9x13 pan. If you make the recipe as written be prepared to use a larger dish. I did not use a water bath although I did cover as directed and it seemed to bake fine. We just thought it was so-so; I wanted a dessert to use ripe pears so thought I would try something new. Next time I will go for a tart or pie.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 29, 2013
Sarson Ka Saag (Indian Mustard Greens)
I was a little afraid to try this, spinach mush didn't sound too appealing. But I needed a vegetable recipe to go with some Indian potatoes I was making for a vegetarian dinner so thought I would brave it. Wow this is wonderful! The only changes I made were to use kale instead of mustard greens, since the grocery didn't have them. I also used fresh ginger and garlic in place of the paste, but otherwise I stuck to the recipe as written. If you like spinach, this is a terrific side dish. Be sure to use real ghee; you can tell the difference. The tomatoes give the dish a light tanginess that perfectly offsets any bitterness. I highly recommend this with any Indian meal. Thanks for a lovely recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 27, 2013
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