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Member Since: Jan. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm in college getting my second undergrad degree in Family and Consumer Science. I love all that the major covers from cooking, sewing, interior design, child development, nutrition, fashion, and much more. Right now I'm trying to build my own recipe file of tried and true recipes that I can keep on making because they're awesome.
My favorite things to cook
I like making up my own creations and versions of recipes using whatever I have on hand. I like making desserts, pasta dishes, dips, and lots of other things too. I love experimenting, I'll just make up stuff all the time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes the best homemade bread, only she doesn't make it anymore--why is that? I've got to get her to pass her technique to me sometime. Family cooking tradition I hate: stolen (pronounced schtolen) bread. Disgusting. Gots green cherries and other disgusting candied fruit in it. Why must we keep making this? Nobody likes it and giving it to the neighbors just makes them enemies.
My cooking triumphs
I'm taking a cooking class right now and I love it! So far I've made eggplant parmesean, coconut mound balls, a cake, and cranberry scones with orange frosting--everything has turned out great! Some other things I've made in the past that were good were hot spinach artichoke dip and tuna cassarole (both recipies from this site.) Update: I also made pumpkin pie, bread sticks, and mustard pork chops in that class. Loved that class. NEXT SEMESTER: Meal management.
My cooking tragedies
Well, hmm... I've made some pretty tragic cookies. (the oven has problems) There was this one cookie, I think I tried substituting cocoa for chocolate or something--it tasted horrible. No one would touch them so we threw them out. Recently I tried carmelizing sugar. Third times the charm I guess. First two tries got poured into the sink, they both seized and got all crystalized yucky.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Tzatziki Sauce
Good recipe, this is a keeper. Changes: I used 1 cucumber, and 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tsp. dried dill, and chopped it all by hand. Good stuff!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 1, 2012
Caramel Apple Dip
I like to bring this dip to parties and pair it up with green grapes, green apples, and animal crackers. Everybody loves it!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 1, 2012
Mediterranean Greek Salad
I enjoyed this salad, and found myself going back for more. I used about a 1/3 cup finely chopped kalamata olives because I not really an olive fan, but I didn't mind this amount at all. Dash of pepper was good too. I plan to make this again!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 1, 2012

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