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Danielle


Danielle
 
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2009
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I didn't really start learning how to cook until about 3 years ago, when I was 31. And I only started cooking pretty often and trying a lot of new things in the last year, since I've had a baby. Now that she's eating food I'm really motivated to cook healthy, delicious food. There's nothing more gratifying than seeing my one-year old daughter nomming away at something I cooked! I still make lots of basic mistakes, but I'm learning from them and I'm going to keep going.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking stews in the slow cooker. Tomatoes and beans and spices are my favorite recipes- I also like recipes that use meat as an ingredient, but don't rely too heavily on it. I used to be a vegetarian and I still prefer things that are mostly vegetables.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I did not learn how to cook from my family. I suspect that is because my mother was never comfortable in the kitchen, even though she cooked for the family every night. She taught me how to cook pasta, boiled eggs, and scrambled eggs. Other than that she taught me to heat up food. I'm not kidding. My dad makes a few good dishes but he lacks communication skills so he didn't teach me anything. This is partly why I never learned how to cook until now!
My cooking triumphs
Anytime something I cook comes out well it is a triumph, especially if it's something that my husband would never have thought to try- he is much more of a cook than I, but his range is somewhat narrow. I think my best triumph was cooking delicious marinated chicken breasts, and I believe I got the recipe from this site.
My cooking tragedies
I have undercooked chicken on far more occasions than I care to admit- I think I'm getting the hang of it now though.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Easy Baked Chicken
I followed the recipe exactly (with "homemade" French dressing) and it came out great. My picky 4 year old ate a TON and my husband really liked it too. And I'm not really much of a cook so you know it had to be easy. Yay!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 29, 2013
Banana Raisin Cake
I have now made this cake several times, and it is always a big hit in my house. I agree that it is really banana bread, not so much cake- but as long as you know to expect that it's REALLY good banana bread. One major recipe change: it only takes 45 minutes to an hour to bake, I can't imagine how dry it would be after 1 1/2 hours! Also, I don't have a bundt pan, so I use a baking tray.. a little smaller than 9 X 13. The first time I made it I couldn't find the raisins so I used "fruit bits" instead (little pieces of dried fruit by Sun Maid), and it was incredible, so I've repeated that variation. Once I made it with raisins and it was also good. I think I've always used about half white and half brown sugar. Last time I made it with half the sugar overall so that I could give it to my one-year old- it was less sweet, but still good. The baby loved it and my husband actually liked it that way, but I prefer the sweeter version. And I usually add some nutmeg, because my husband thinks everything with cinnamon should also have nutmeg, and he's the chef around here. I really love this recipe, it is so easy!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 18, 2010
Lebanese Baked Eggplant
This is an easy and delicious recipe. We ate the leftovers for a few days, and I have to say that it was even better after being reheated! I agree with some of the other reviewers that it could have more flavor. But it wasn't bad- next time I'll play with some more herbs and spices. I left out the walnuts because I wanted to serve it to my one-year old daughter without worrying about choking. She loved it! This was her first time having eggplant, and it was a big hit.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 18, 2010
 
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