Cyndi Profile - (1346856)

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Home Town: Hollywood, California, USA
Living In: Lake Balboa, California, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
Recipe Box 3 recipes
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About this Cook
My parents had one of the first Chinese restaurants near the Chasidic Fairfax District years ago. I grew up in their kitchen. Our family would close up shop and head out to Canter's Deli, Tommy's, Fiddler's Cafe, Falafel King, or Micelli's afterwards... anything but more Chinese food! I'd still rather cook anything but Asian food at home, although I can make crazy Japanese and Korean food when in the mood. Today, I am fat and happy, but trying to bento-box lunch and do portion control.
My favorite things to cook
I love comfort foods: salads, casseroles, pastas, seafood.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Ugh, my EX-husband's family likes 50's stuff like green bean casserole, Watergate salads, and all these other things I had never heard of. He still craves junk food once in a while. So I had to look here to figure out what the heck Mock Apple Pie and Boloney Spread were.
My cooking triumphs
Recently converted to vegan lifestyle. I make a really good tofu lasagna that tastes better than the ricotta version.
My cooking tragedies
I get impatient with the low power output of home woks which make soupy messes instead of good stirfry. Smoky hot oil sets off the fire alarm too often and scares the cat.
Recipe Reviews 87 reviews
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Pork Chops
I am the original poster of the recipe. The sweetness and sourness depends on the kind of pineapple and kind of vinegar used. Please add more sugar or vinegar to taste just before serving. Also, really lean pork cooks very quickly, so check at half time if you've scaled down the recipe. Thanks.

45 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2008
Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
Fantastic for my husband, who eats fish because he should, not because he actually likes it. I made this, a side of steamed broccoli, and some buttered egg noodles and it looked really pretty and fancy for all the ease of preparation. I used really fresh Parmesan and basil, used celery seed instead of celery salt because the cheese is salty enough. I sprinkled a bit of paprika at the end for color, but that was totally unnecessary as the fish was really tangy and flavorful as is.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2008
Best Fried Green Tomatoes
My husband had never heard of them, but he ate three or four fried slices before I had to pull them away from him. The greeness is important, the tomatoes must be almost pinking up with the inside juicy already. Too unripe, and they are bitter and give you a tummyache!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 22, 2007
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