vail0022 Profile - (13683398)

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Home Town: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Ice Cream...Yum!
About this Cook
Hello all! I'm 26 and live in Duluth, Minnesota. I love the outdoors and, of course, gazing out the window endlessly at Lake Superior. Music, the outdoors and cooking are my greatest passions. Being recently out of work I plan on trying out new recipes!
My favorite things to cook
In the summer I love participating in any sort of grilling...especially fish, kabobs and vegetables. In the winter I love using my crockpot and cooking unique soups that warm the soul! I don't often make the same recipes...I love the challenge of trying to cook new things!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I currently have my own apartment with family being 5 hours away. So for myself I love cranking some jazz music or rhythm and blues, cracking open a bottle of wine, and chopping fresh ingredients like crazy in anticipation of cooking!
My cooking triumphs
I think my best triumph was when I made a German Bee-Sting cake. My critic was from Germany. I used a very old recipe that turned out to be quite tedious! But hey, I got raving reviews!
My cooking tragedies
I think my most recent tragedy occurred last week. I was preparing a watercress and orange soup. I put it in the blender, turned it on high, and THEN realized the lid wasn't on tight. My boyfriend dipped his finger into the soup on the cupboard and tried it...apparently it was "probably going to be pretty good!" *sigh* :)
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Primavera Noodles
Realized I was out of potatoes and wanted something starchy in a pinch. WOW! The simplicity and flavor was just what I was looking for. Very fitting for me as I'm always trying to get rid of veggies in a pinch. YUM...thank you! My boyfriend said this side was the "star of the meal"... Go figure :)

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2013
Bordelaise Sauce with Mushrooms
I was beyond impressed. WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! Was SO easy to make and had such a wonderful flavor! After reading other reviews I did double it...and that was perfect for my boyfriend and I. I served it over venison steaks, with a side of mashed potatoes and a blue cheese wedge salad. Thank you for this amazing sauce!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 19, 2012
Chi Tan T'ang (Egg Drop Soup)
I would not change anything! This was absolutely perfect! Great after a long day at work when you really don't feel like cooking anything but want something to warm you to the soul. Thank you so much Brian! I can't wait to have some with lunch tomorrow!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2011

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