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Living In: Ohio, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2009
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Italian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books
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Basil chicken
About this Cook
I'm a college graduate, learning how to cook for myself and for others.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking chicken and pork dishes. Chicken is versatile, and pork can be manipulated into a palette of flavors depending on what spices you use. I must admit though, discovering brining has really done the most to convince me of pork's virtues.
My favorite family cooking traditions
One classic dish is skinless smoked sausage and mashed potatoes. We cut the sausage up into pieces and use them to make a face on the surface of the bowl of potatoes. Pasta shells stuffed with manicotti, and cabbage leaves stuffed with a mixture of ground beef and rice are another two family traditions.
My cooking triumphs
Cooking a pork loin that fell apart when you tried to carve it, and tasted delicious? Definitely a triumph, for a food that I'm used to being very dry.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I brined pork chops, I forgot to rinse them after removing them from the brine. They were...very salty. A cake I made recently used gel food coloring to achieve a rainbow effect; it turns out that using too much food coloring can make your cake resistant to baking.
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Black Magic Cake
This is an excellent, super-moist, coffee-ish chocolate cake. I made a simple topping for it by combining honey, Redi-whip, and cinnamon and spooning it over individual portions. Don't overdo the honey or cinnamon; you want to complement the cake's flavor, not overwhelm or mask it.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 5, 2014
Garlic Mashed Potatoes Secret Recipe
I love this recipe, and use it as a base for pretty much all my mashed potato ventures. I contest the cooking method: start with cold water, once it reaches a boil drop it to a simmer, cook for ~20 minutes, or until you can easily crush a piece of potato with tongs or a fork against the side of the pot.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 5, 2014
Souper Skillet Pasta
Not at all a healthy dish, but very tasty. You can add leftovers or veggies to this kind of template to make all sorts of things.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 5, 2014

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