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Home Town: Buffalo, New York, USA
Living In: Boulder, Colorado, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I always like to cook new recipes; new ingredients, styles, techniques and cuisines keep me going. I can appreciate the skill it takes to make the perfect bolognese sauce but I really enjoy a new challenge, like how to use a celeriac for example. I always strive to be a better cook with each meal that I make and hope to continue that for a long time to come.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a town that is very proud of it's traditions, food topping the list. It brings me great joy to be able to replicate my Grandmother's Croatian recipes, some of which I can't even pronounce properly. Her plum dumplings and crepes are delicious, I strive to make them yearly. On my maternal grandmother's side, I learned to make the best galumpkis and pierogis. I am now learning to cook other traditional foods from my boyrfriends Mother and grandmother, I love their matzo ball soup.
My cooking triumphs
Last nights dinner: Mushroom and Mazto Meal Stuffed Cornish Hens, Pumpkin gnocchi and Roasted Green Beans with garlic and shallots
My cooking tragedies
Making a baked chocolate dessert, I forgot to beat the sugar into the eggs before adding the eggs to the dry ingredients, it became a solid rock that was un-salvagable. It was really expensive dutch cocoa, what a waste!
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Spinach Appetizers
These were great, everyone loved them and they were fairly easy. I did bake them a little longer than recommended and did roll them around to get a crust on the outside while they baked. Otherwise perfect, easy appetizer and a great way to use up spinach from the garden!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 16, 2013
Green Chile Spinach Quiche
Awesome quiche recipe just as is! The texture is light a fluffly, the flavor excellent and it looks so nice with a little browning on the top. Even better is that the eggs and cottage cheese mixed with the flour mixture are an awesome base for whatever you want to add. I omitted the butter with little impact on the overall taste and texture. I have made several other quiches using the basic mixture, but adding different cheeses and other ingredients; bacon, ham, brocoli, etc. In order to cut back on some of the crust I have made this recipe with phyllo dough for a crust, 4-5 sheets per pan with a little olive oil brushed on between the layers. YUMMY!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 8, 2012
Gourmet Mushroom Risotto
Meh, nothing special. The ratio of rice to liquid was perfect and the recipe did make a creamy, lovely textured risotto. However, it lacked flavor. I tried adding extra cheese, a little more salt, some garlic and then even some caramelized onion by the end it was better but still bland. I would love to say I would know what to add to make it better but I am at a loss. Thank you for submitting and I will use this as a basis again but next time I will experiment more with additional ingredients to spice it up.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 17, 2012

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