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Home Town: Tournai, Hainaut, Belgium
Living In: Tournai, Hainaut, Belgium
Member Since: Sep. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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About this Cook
I feel like a kid in science class playing with the fun colorful, bubbling bottles when I cook. I'm still quite new to it so the novelty and the results are very rewarding and fun.
My favorite things to cook
As an expat American living in Belgium, I'm trying to adjust my thinking to ingredients. In today's world, you have to buy locally and do your part, so I'm learning how to work with new ingredients. There are more types of cheese here than you can fit in one store. The meats seem to me to be cut differently, with an abundance of local specialist butchers and bakers and fishmongers and the like. It's a whole new world for me and I'm happy to explore it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma gave me this cookbook for my 18th birthday. It was a hand-written recipe book for all of our family recipes and the names of the women, in the upper lefthand corner, who created these recipes. It is a family tree and a cookbook written by hand.
My cooking triumphs
Making someone (including me) smile at a bite.
My cooking tragedies
In my young ideological phase, I thought I'd cook some pasta sauce for my future mother in law. Only, she's Italian and I'm from Texas. You can guess how it went.
Recipe Reviews 21 reviews
Slow Cooker Chili II
It's not bad, but I found it didn't taste much like chili. It was very vegetably and not very chili-like. I think next time I'd use less celery, less tomato and less liquid. All in all, not bad for easiness.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 30, 2012
Carrot Recipe
I like this very much, but it took nearly an hour for the milk to absorb. There must be an easier way. Who has time on Thanksgiving to stir for an hour?

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2010
Pumpkin Soup
Sieve your soups, people. I found this to be stock heavy, so on the second try I halved the stock and got a much better consistency. Also, rather than small blending portions, I threw the whole thing in a large blender and then poured it through a sieve. It was perfect consistency after that.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2010

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