Samara Profile - (13333552)

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Home Town: Indy, Indiana, USA
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Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Dessert
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Reading Books
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About this Cook
My husband and I are happily married for one year and enjoying life with our friends in the D.C. area. I enjoying cooking and baking in my free time, and I typically test all my new foods on our gamer group. They're honest and help me improve my recipes to make them all-around favorites.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is Iranian and I grew up on platters of rice and kabob. I have yet to be able to cook Middle Eastern food like my mom, but I'm working on it. Andrew's family, though American, mostly makes great all-around favorites with their own twist. They have ribs for Thanksgiving, Indian for Christmas, and so many yummy soups and sandwiches whenever I go over. I'm learning the soup business from my MIL.
My cooking triumphs
We took the pea soup recipe from the LONDON cookbook intending to take a large vat of warming soup over to a friend's house for dinner. We followed the directions perfectly, soaking the split peas and blending the other vegetables. My husband started on the soup while I was at work, and I came home to find that the recipe was terribly bland! My husband despaired that we would have to take over the "pea water" for dinner. I rushed to our spice cabinet and with the help of minced garlic, onion salt, white pepper and turmeric made a savory broth that went fantastic the loaf of french bread we grabbed on our way over.
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Cold Oven Pound Cake
I made this to design a friend's birthday cake. I thought the batter tasted chalky while I was making it, but thought perhaps just me worrying about the cake. Nope - the cake tasted terrible to me. People at the birthday said the cake was good, but my husband confided to me that if I hadn't slathered the cake in dark chocolate ganache, it was indeed dry and bland. Not sure how I could improve the recipe, but I am never making this again. Sorry.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 1, 2011
Soba with Toasted Sesame Seed Sauce
It didn't have the depth of flavor I was expecting from the sauce. Also - the sauce didn't really stick to the noodles, it went to the bottom of my bowl so that all I had were room-temp noodles and broccoli. I may try this again by heating the sauce on the stove top with some ginger and honey.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 1, 2010
Delicious Ham and Potato Soup
We overdid the salt by accident, but this was a fantastic soup even in the heat of the summer!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 31, 2010

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