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Monique A

Monique A
Home Town: San Carlos, California, USA
Living In: Austin, Texas, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
After too many years of fish sticks & tater tots, pizza & macaroni from a box: I finally learned how to COOK. Only a few short years later, I LOVE cooking and I find myself cooking to create, rather than just to eat. I often find myself cooking to relax. I sometimes get up early to prepare the days' lunches on the stove, put something in the crock pot and call the troops down for a hot breakfast before heading to work. I'll usually have a smile on my face when I arrive at the office after having pulled it all off.... something about cooking!
My favorite things to cook
One is an easy favorite that always make a hit. Pork morsels sautéed in garlic, shallot & white wine. Combined with a relish of fresh garlic, fresh basil, diced tomatoes and a hints of fresh jalapeño & red onion. Toss with olive oil, freshly cooked rotini & cracked black pepper. Heavy dusting of shredded mozzarella required...
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love my mothers' mother's lamb stew. I have found a very similar recipe here. It's such a comforting dish when it's cold outside. Just the smell, reminds me of being 10.
My cooking triumphs
Pulling off a delicious dutch oven dinner for 6, lakeside. My first attempt at cooking for the "public". Chicken breasts, garlic & basil over wide egg noodles. Hearty and perfectly seasoned after a long days' canoe...
My cooking tragedies
Lots can go here. I am not so good with bread. Pasta from scratch can be tricky, too. The disasters I can think of all revolve around incorrect measurements/ratios or over/under cooking..... I have been very lucky that there aren't too many that I am remembering immediately.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Easy Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
We eat this almost daily at the office. To keep calories at bay, omit the tahini altogether. We substitute lime juice for the lemon and find the basil isn't necessary at all. Thanks for the great starting point!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 24, 2012
Amazing 'Pizza' Pork Chops
I seasoned my pork medallions with steak seasoning; I didn't have a fresh tomato, so I used a can of "garlic & olive oil" diced tomatoes and covered the pork before baking in 350 oven. Afterwards, I covered with shredded mozzarella and garnished with fresh basil. We loved this and will make it again. I will adjust cooking time, as my pork was slightly dry. Easy and quick - can be made for company and will be sure to impress. I served with my own version of oven grilled vegetables. Thanks for the great recipe!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 6, 2012

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