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Home Town: Flint, Michigan, USA
Living In: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm a 23-year-old stay-at-home girlfriend who's working to make good food for the person I care about most and my family while still producing art to sell in the local shops. I enjoy expanding my horizons culturally - especially when it comes to that Japanese culture.
My favorite things to cook
My personal favorite dish of mine is my Hibachi Chicken Teriyaki with Hibachi Vegetables and home made fried rice. After that, I'd have to say Egg Udon (Japanese noodles). There's just something fun about making all the sauces myself and rolling the noodles.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was growing up, we primarily ate what I call "Boxed Food". (Probably why I like to cook home made stuff now . . .) But my mom makes a wonderful "Boo Cake" for Halloween (it's horrible for you, but tastes oh so good) and Seven Layer Cookies to die for during the Christmas season. Though her meatloaf recipe is very simple, it's been passed down many many years and I crave it frequently.
My cooking triumphs
Triumphs? I can think of a few. . . the day I called in sick from work to spend 6 hours rolling Udon noodles for Golden Week (Japanese Holiday) was quite an accomplishment. It was nice to see smiles on my friend's faces when they started eating the meal I had slaved for 10+ hours over. After that, probably the first time I made cookies, even though they tasted like crackers!
My cooking tragedies
I wanted to make cookies for some special occasion that I can't remember and I wanted to make them from scratch. So, I found a recipe somewhere and, no matter what I tried, I couldn't get the dough to stick together. It kept crumbling. I tried adding this and that but nothing helped. So I persevered and cooked them anyways. They tasted like unsalted, lumpy crackers. Even then, I was still proud. ^_^;
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Pecan Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Cream Cheese and Broccoli
WOW! This was awesome! Unfortunately, I feel like I only ate half of the recipe as my boyfriend has simple tastes and doesn't like peppers or pecans (so picky!). Even so, I just added some more bread crumbs and seasoned them a little. This was definitely worth having. I was a little skeptical when I saw what kind of cheeses were used (I was originally looking for a Chicken and Broccoli with Cheddar recipe) but it was well worth the time and effort! Thanks so much for posting this! I'm going to prepare a few of them as an appetizer at Christmas dinner this year. Thanks so much! ^_^

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 10, 2008
Chicken Marsala with Portobello Mushrooms
I thought this recipe was awesome! I'm new to cooking with red and white wines so this was a nice springboard for me. Sadly, the man I cook for isn't into mushrooms (he has simple taste buds) so I ended up swapping them out for broccoli (his favorite) and it still tasted great. I did take a few suggestions from other people who suggested adding seasonings and more Marsala wine. I sprinkled some Oregano and added a dash of Basil to the sauce after adding the broccoli. I served it on top of thin spaghetti noodles which were soaked and boiled in water with basil, oregano, pepper, a little salt, onion powder, olive oil, small slice of butter, and some Thyme. I think the seasoned noodles complimented the dish well. Like most of my sauces, I still had difficulty making it thicken. But that's me, not the recipe. ^_^ Thanks for posting this! I really appreciate it! My boyfriend loved it and I can't wait to share it with his family. Thanks again!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 10, 2008

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