Crystal Profile - (13349313)

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Home Town: Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
Living In: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Boating, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Cooking relaxes me. I like watching ingredients evolve into a delicious meal. I like being experimental and imaginative. I often look at existing recipes for fundamental cooking principles on a new dish, and then add or alter them to my taste or to make them my own. I often overseason when I cook for myself, so that I can become familiar with the tastes of the spices. I love an attractive presentation and plate arrangement-it's all in the details!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook using ingredients from the local farmers market. Italian food is my favorite to cook; I LOVE to chop tomatoes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandpa makes the best homemade scalloped potatoes on the planet.
My cooking triumphs
I cooked dinner for 30 people for a housewarming party for my Mom, and everything turned out perfectly! I also created a pumpkin cookie recipe last fall that is to die for-my roommates couldn't get enough!
My cooking tragedies
I accidentally mis-measured for a spinach dip once and used more than triple the ingredient-it was potent (and really gross)!
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Chicken Breasts with Lime Sauce
I made this last night and loved it, but I made it a little differently. Instead of using the ingredients to make a sauce to go on top, I mixed the egg, olive oil, 3 tbsp butter, 3 tbsp chicken broth, chives, 1/2 tsp ginger (as recommended below), and fresh juice from two limes to make a marinade. I cut the breasts in half and pounded them down to make cutlets, then marinated them for an hour before breading them and cooking them in the skillet. I also mixed in a little salt (made them really flavorful!) and flour with the bread crumbs -- they turned out fantastically!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 15, 2010

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