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Home Town: Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
Living In: Conway, Arkansas, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm a 23 year old Classics/Christianity major who loves video games, sci-fi/fantasy/horror, linguistics, herpetology, and of course cooking. I live with two dogs, three cats, and seven snakes, who do not appreciate my cooking particularly. I was raised by an excellent Southern cook, so soul food and simple things are definitely a part of my heritage, but I really love learning how to make new things too, especially Asian or Italian food. Despite joining this site, I almost never use recipes except in baking, which is my nemesis, cookingwise, since 'wingin it' does not yield the awesome results it does in other cooking arenas.
My favorite things to cook
Stir fry, baked salmon, beef stroganoff, pork chops, all kinds of soups, chicken alfredo, chicken parmesian, any type of sweet potatoes, manicotti, cheesecake, fajitas, steak, ribs, pot roast, beef with broccoli, making up new casseroles, Japanese-inspired cooking, sushi, chicken and rice casserole, squash of any kind. I just about never make anything the same way twice, always changing things depending on what's in the pantry and whom I'm feeding at the time. I don't like making things that require too many special one-time ingredients.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Lots of Southern influences, like cooking dark cruciferous veggies with a sweet flavour, like sweet collard/turnip greens or brussels sprouts. Cooking meat with fruit, like mandarin orange chicken or apple-sauce porkchops, a lot of people find this odd but I love it. Cooking EVERYTHING with garlic, cooking EVERYTHING with cream cheese, these ingredients make things better, I'm addicted to both.
My cooking triumphs
I made an amazing cheesecake, first try. I'm still ridiculously proud. I made up a recipe for baked pork chops using Chicken 'n' a Biscuit crackers and sliced fuji apples that was really good. My first roast chicken turned out delicious, and I made good stock from it too. I made ribs for my birthday with a marinade that included cola, and that worked out pretty well too.
My cooking tragedies
I just suck at making rice. I don't even know how that's possible, but as often as not it turns out strange. My chicken teriyaki rice casserole was bad, too. And my chocolate meringue pie never even happened; the pie crust is still in my fridge, I think. And my breaded cream cheese stuffed squash wasn't appealing to me, though others liked it. And of course I've had my share of burnt whatever, burgers that fell apart, etc.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Chantal's New York Cheesecake
Was excellent, first ever cheesecake I made, too. I didn't let it sit in the oven for the suggested cooling time, just an hour and then to the fridge, turned out perfect. Will definitely make again.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 26, 2008
Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie
Turned out amazingly well, and were well received by everyone who tried them. I used milk-chocolate chips instead, as I prefer them. Also, this recipe seems to make waaaaay more than expected, but these cookies are so awesome that's perfectly ok.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 26, 2008
No Bake Cookies I
Just like mom used to make, though in my house they were always "Alaskan Cookies" for some reason. I didn't time it exactly or use a candy thermometer, and they still turned out just perfect.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 26, 2008

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