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Alicia Knight

Alicia Knight
Living In: Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
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That's me!
About this Cook
I learned to cook from working in restaurants. I used to be quite the gourmet, digging into complicated recipes, trying tricky techniques and searching for special ingredients, but after decades of cooking for kids, I've gotten away from such fussy cooking. But...every once in a while I like to get crazy the kitchen -- and I've been known to mix a mean cocktail too.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make simple foods that are tasty, easy, and healthy. The Slow Cooker is my friend. In fact, I have more than one! Grilling and roasting are the next favorite. I love world foods and learning how to make them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite times have been cooking with my sister. Just leave us be in the kitchen and don't expect anything to be done at a certain time. Eat a snack, have a drink and relax -- good things take some time to complete. We haven't had that opportunity in the last several years since she's moved to the west coast.:-(
My cooking triumphs
Cooking three meals and two snacks for 12 children five days a week for 12 years. Making the entire Gourmet Magazine Thanksgiving menu once. Catering my own wedding with Mexican and Spanish cuisine. Catering a huge New Years Party with my sister using the entire Martha Stewart Party book as a reference. Simultaneously impressing and frightening my future husband by flambe-ing cornish game hens for Valentines Dinner.
My cooking tragedies
See all of the above -- there are tragedies inherent in each culinary triumph! A lunch for kids that was all beige foods -- chicken nuggets, potatoes, applesauce, mac and cheese. (They loved it though.) The Gourmet Thanksgiving Dinner was served at 11:00 pm. The Spanish cuisine wedding reception put me at the church one hour late for my own wedding. The New Years Party catering adventure had my sis and I spending more time sweating in the kitchen than having fun at the party. Flambed cornish hens turned out well, but the marriage flamed out early too. (See self-catered wedding.)
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Beer Margarita
Well -- we meant to make this recipe -- but accidently dumped a can of frozen orange juice instead of the lemonade. We were committed because the beer was already in the pitcher, so we added the vodka and hoped for the best. How bad could it be? Not bad at all -- actually really good! A happy mistake. We will make the regular recipe with the lemonade next -- which we've made before with tequila instead of vodka. We also did a little drizzle of grenadine to see what happened - and it made it look even prettier -- just a bit sweeter, but I like it without the grenadine just as much. Fun recipe.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 2, 2014
Oysters Rockefeller
This is a very good recipe. I like the touch of anise liquor -- it adds an extra little zing to the flavor. One note about the 4 cups of kosher salt. The salt is not to put *on* the oysters -- it's to put in the pan as a bed for the oysters. Place the oysters on top of the salt. The salt keeps the oysters upright in the pan. You can also use a high-quality rock salt for this purpose. It is the classic way to serve this dish. The recipe is clear about this but if you haven't had oysters served this way it might be confusing. Photos #3 and #4 show the presentation with the bed of salt.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 13, 2013
Pineapple Cheese Casserole
I made this recipe for Thanksgiving at my inlaws last year. People raved about it so much they requested that I make it every year. The creamy/saltiness of the cheese is the perfect counterpart to the tangy/sweetness of the pineapple. I cut the sugar in half because I was afraid it would be too sweet -- and the dish came out great.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2008

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