Denise Profile - (13642292)

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Living In: San Jose, California, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am a 55 year old mom and grandmom. I've been married since 1977 and I love my husband like I just met him yesterday. I love to write and cook or bake new recipes as much as I can. I also love to read and watch romantic comedies. I love jazz and old RB as well as funky disco music. I am from an all girl family and grew up happy and very sheltered by two very wonderful parents who are still living. I have studied many things ,including home economics,modeling,dental assisting,sewing,electronics and electricity,algebra, English,speech,political science and have won recipe contests but I have not studied cooking. I learned to cook from my mother and from listening to all the women I know who love to cook too, including my late mother in law. I think my next venture in life will be to take a culinary course before I get too old... The year is now 2013 and I applied to take online courses at my local Jr College. I will major in English this year and hopefully get a degree b4 my 3grandkids
My favorite things to cook
goodies in all forms...breads,cakes,cookies,pies, crisps,candy, ice cream , sherberts and sorbets. I am about to start making Pan Dulce (Mexican sweetbread) since there are no Panaderias (bakeries) where I can find my old favorites. I also love Island foods and tropical fruit so I am collecting recipes from Hawaii.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Chicken enchiladas, chile rellenos, Spanish rice, lobster ceviche, tri tip tacos with bbq cactus, anything with a Mexican flavor or flare..especially homemade salsa and tortillas and tamales
My cooking triumphs
I created an award winning (1st place amateur division)recipe in 2003 at the Maui Onion festival in Lahaina ,Hawaii. It was called a "Stuffed Maui Onion" and it was judged not only on presentation but also on taste. I was flown to Honolulu Hawaii to be taped for the Electric Kitchen show to demonstrate my recipe and method in September 2003.
My cooking tragedies
I made Portuguese sweet bread one year for Thanksgiving and the yeast would not rise so my bread loaves were like bricks!
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Beef Tamales
This recipe is a good one but two other things should be mentioned when making Tamales, the corn husks must be very clean from the corn silk and when the Tamales are ready to be steamed they should not be standing in water or the water level should be just below the steamer rack. Also the tamales should be covered with a clean dry dish towel before the steamer lid is added. This helps keep the moisture from steeping out. I have made tamales my whole life with my mother ,grandmothers, aunts and sisters and when the steamer needs more water added we add boiling water.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2010

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