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Home Town: Akron, Ohio, USA
Living In: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
Rock and Roll afficionado, Former radio morning show host, now a manager for an international grocery chain. 29, Married. I just like to make sure we eat healthfully, at a good price. Fortunately, where I work makes that VERY possible!
My favorite things to cook
Just about anything as long as it doesn't involve dirtying every cooking utensil and piece of cookwear in the house. Creativity and inspiration in as few steps as possible! And spicy is always good :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
PAH! Cooking traditions?
My cooking triumphs
I am very proud of my meatloaf recipe, baked mac and cheese, and pumpkin cookie recipe. I've had a 7-year-old tell me my pumpkin cookies are the best cookies he's ever had! I'm also the queen on tossing some random veggies, rice, and who knows what together with just-as-random seasonings and having it come out great.
My cooking tragedies
Mostly cosmetic defects. Never had anything taste horrible. My philosophy on cooking is this: As long as it's cooked so as not to be health-hazardous, everything else is just flavor and prettiness. As long as I'm cooking for just me and my fiance, I don't mind if it's ugly or less-than-stellar.
Recipe Reviews 39 reviews
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
Pretty good recipe! I didn't have shortening so I just used salted butter and did not add the salt called for in the recipe. Also used all whole wheat flour (that's just how I roll). I also suddenly realized I had no eggs (oops!) So I made a flax seed egg (google it- it's amazing!) and everything turned out ok! Cookies were a little flat but I'll attribute that to the whole wheat flour and lack of real egg. Still delicious. Thanks!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 26, 2014
Cajun Cabbage with Rice
This is a nice change from a typical stuffed cabbage casserole, with the cajun touch. I used a 1/2 cup of frozen homemade recaito (a pureed Puerto Rican style sofrito cooking base) in place of the garlic, onion, and green pepper. I did add one chopped green pepper because I had it and it needed to be used. I'm pretty sure my casserole ended up with a much bolder flavor than the original recipe would have had, but it was really really yummy! Also, instead of the spices indicated, I used 3 teaspoons of a homemade creole seasoning blend I have in the pantry. I layered the cheese and cabbage on top because I didn't want a glob of cheese on top. I used brown rice and had to cook mine 15 min longer. Also, the sofrito added some extra liquid, plus I used lean beef and did not drain the pan so that helped make enough liquid for the brown rice and extra cook time. This was really good and I will definitely make it again!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 16, 2014
Five Ingredient Pasta Toss
Great recipe. Makes a nice lunch, side, or dinner (just add some grilled chicken or fish). Used basil-infused olive oil and skipped the fresh basil. used garbanzo beans and rotini whole wheat pasta since I had them on hand. Sliced up some spanish and kalamata olives and grated fresh pecorino romano. YUM! SO ridiculously easy.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 24, 2014

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