Tommy Profile - (13148452)

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Home Town: Philly, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Philly, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Boating, Biking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Cooking is something I consider to be therapy. . I love to cook for someone. I feel it is the ultimate gesture. Without food we are dead. The key is moderation and healthy home cooked meals. I dont eat fast food EVER!! My mother and Grandmother have always been my inspiration in the kitchen. They arent quite as adventurous as me when it comes to food. I love sushi, indian,ethiopian, carribean and morroccan cuisine,fish and chips with malt vinegar, and a REAL Irish breakfast, among a just a few.I also love a good pizza of course.
My favorite things to cook
Eggplant Parm, Chicken Curry,Home made pizza, Chilli, Fish tacos, Guacamole, Salsa's, Turkey tacos, Chicken Tortilla soup,fish,chicken pot pie, stuffed peppers, jalapeño poppers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sundays at my Moms.
My cooking triumphs
Numerous dishes out of the "Joy of Cooking"
My cooking tragedies
Numerous mistakes have made me much better. I've made the mistake of over seasoning sometimes.
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Hearty Vegetable Lasagna
This was great! Omit the broth and change out artichokes with green bell peppers. Cook everything al dente!!!! Came out great! FRESH BASIL!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 26, 2014
Fried Plantains
Fried Plantains are really a great alternative to french fries and if prepared in the right oil they can be a lot healthier!!! My kids love them as a snack or with a meal. You have to be really careful that they do not burn. The amount of sugars in the plantains can cause them to caramelize really fast and they will totally burn if you don't stay right on top of them. I salt them AFTER I fry but right before they hit the paper towel to absorb the excess grease/salt... A little pepper and a few minutes to cool and BAM you are eating a healthy alternative to french fries!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 9, 2014
Spinach-Stuffed Flounder with Mushrooms and Feta
This was absolutely delicious! Now the end result will depend on where you get your fish and how fresh it is. I was lucky enough to pick up some very fresh local flounder from my local farmers market and it made this dish spectacular. Remember, if it smells like fish don't eat it. Fish is meant to smell like salt water if you can imagine that. It should have a very clean almost fresh scent that doesn't make you pull back or scrunch your nose upon taking a good whiff. I also recommend getting your hands on local spinach and mushrooms. I sautéed the sliced mushrooms for about five minutes with a tablespoon of butter and a nice sized garlic clove mined. I added the spinach,salt and fresh cracked pepper to the mushrooms and finished cooking it down. Afterward I drained the liquid from the pan and set it aside. I took the fish and soaked it in cold water for about five minutes. I took it out of the water and patted the filets down then rolled them over the mushroom spinach mixture. I used two toothpicks and actually baked the filets seam up. I couldn't fit all my veg in the filets so I stuffed the remaining mixture into the filets from each side making sure to pack the fish with the mushrooms and spinach mix. I saved a little of the butter from the sautéed pan and I poured that over each filet and then baked it following the recipe above. I served it with baked/broiled red potatoes and it was one of the best meals I've ever made. You'd pay a fortune for this at the beach. Great!!!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 13, 2012

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