CharlotteMay Profile - (13570755)

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Home Town: Ohio, USA
Living In: Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Charlotte Carpenter (that's me!), as she appears in "The Sims 3."
About this Cook
I love cookbooks. It is very hard for me to pass by the bargain bin in book stores, but that's getting easier now that I've found this site. It's the ultimate cookbook. I like to cook but HATE to clean up the kitchen afterwards. I also enjoy trying new things.
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE Japanese food, and I'm learning to cook more and more of it myself. I LOVE oven-fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. It's my ultimate comfort food. I also enjoy cooking spaghetti and chili. They're very versatile and you can make endless variations with only minor ingredient changes, which I like.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family always has a Christmas Pudding with Christmas Dinner. I do not like Christmas Pudding, but it is still one of my favorite traditions. I'm weird like that.
My cooking triumphs
I consider any food I prepare that does not end up burned, undercooked, hideous, flavorless, or otherwise unappetizing to be a triumph. I am, however, particularly proud of my first successful attempt at making Onigiri (Japanese rice balls), since I had so many failed attempts at them before.
My cooking tragedies
I can't think of any specific examples, but I know that a big problem I have is that I underestimate how long something will take to cook (sometimes it isn't my fault, but the fault of questionable directions in a recipe). Excessively late meals are the result... and when I'm on a strict time schedule, it has meant I had to find alternate meal plans, and the meal I was preparing had to be abandoned. Sometimes the abandoned dinner would be ruined utterly, depending on how far along in the cooking/prep process it was when I had to give up on it. Rest in peace, failed dinners. Rest in peace.
Recipe Reviews 26 reviews
Grandma Ople's Apple Pie
Best. Apple. Pie. EVER. Made the sauce as-written, but had to cut back on the amount of apples, as I apparently do not own a deep-dish pie plate. This will be remedied, because this pie deserves a deep dish! The sauce needed no tampering--no cinnamon or other spices necessary, really. The apples I used were Stayman Winesap, not G.S. but they are similar in that they are firm, somewhat tart apples that hold up nicely in a pie.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2014
Dashi Stock (Konbudashi)
Very easy recipe, yielded perfect dashi. Wouldn't change a thing.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 9, 2014
Sweet Restaurant Slaw
My absolute favorite coleslaw recipe.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2014
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