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Bob McD

Bob McD
Home Town: Corona, California, USA
Living In: Hillsboro, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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About this Cook
My partner and I both work in the retail pharmacy industry in the Portland area having moved from Southern California, where we were both born and raised. While there was a lot to love about SoCal we have found Oregon to be a much better place to live and enjoy nature and have found that this is the best foodie world to be in!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook most everything! My idea of heaven is to stop by the farmer's markets, the little out of the way specialty markets and farms and plan and put together a meal based on whatever I find. For dietary reasons, I tend to, and love to, cook Mediterranean and especially Italian. I have learned to enjoy meat as a part of a meal rather than the center of the meal. I'm getting more comfortable with preparing fish and, recently baking. Would the new standing mixer have anything to do with this? Now here in Oregon, with farms around the corner, canning and bottling fresh produce is a new mania! I really enjoy nosing around All! I enjoy trying the dishes that everyone has developed, and feel guilty when I add comments about what I have or would do differently with them, as I know creating the recipe is much harder than improving on it. So thanks to all those that have shared!
My favorite family cooking traditions
"Putting up” bottles of fruit and vegetables was something that my Grandmother always did when I was a child, and now that is back in my life. I am involved in genealogy and in that area I have come across hers and my aunt's recipes which I am saving for all of my family. Collecting family recipes from all of my family is an on going project for me—these recipes are memories and a way of keeping all of these dear, departed family members with us and something that can and should be saved for the next generations. And it is makes for some darn fine eatin' too!
My cooking triumphs
Isn't this on going? My latest triumph—well let's call it a pleasant surprise—was bottling dilly beans for my best friend who used to live in Seattle and bemoaned not being able to find them in Southern California. She absolutely loved them and wants to know how they are made—found the recipe here, I might add. Problem is she lives in the high desert there and that is just not the best climate to bottle in! That makes me her sole supplier—so my triumph will now be a regular project summer project, and she has a good sized family, so there will be quite a few bottles to be made. Does anyone here have any connections with UPS?
My cooking tragedies
Well, isn't this ongoing too, when you are trying new things? One that stands out was when D and I spent our first year together and I tried to make corned beef hash for him the day after our first St. Patty's Day together. How hard could it be to make a hash I thought...bless his head he tried to eat it, but I couldn't bear to watch his face in that forced smile. Especially after I had a taste! The cats wouldn't touch it! I went and picked up some take-out Thai...I have since mastered the art...he is Irish, I had to...
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Crispy Herb Baked Chicken
Oh, this is quite good! I have miserable luck with breadings and the like on chicken that I cook so I was surprised just that it came out intact. Add my vote for getting the chicken off the pan onto a cooling rack or the like as it cooks in the oven; I would think it would really be disappointing without. I’m like most folks here, you just know the next time I am going to fool with DCANTER’s recipe some: I would not be afraid to really punch up the seasonings. I added a little Italian seasoning this time, which I would think more of that, more good cheese, more garlic salt and some ground pepper would add to this. The recipe is fine as it is, though and thank you DCANTER! I was really just looking for a way to use up a little potato flakes but because of your recipe I have a whole new direction to take chicken. And isn’t that something that we are looking for?

21 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 24, 2011
Buttermilk Syrup
Oh, this is good stuff!! Intructions are straight forward and easy to follow. All the warnings about the expansion of the syrup as it cooks absolutely needs to be heeded. If "buttermilk" in the name is confusing you, forget it, just think Wonderful Carmel Sauce and you have exactly what this is. Thank you Alissasmom!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 10, 2010
Chicken Something
I'm afraid I had bad results for this. I took the advice of some and eliminated the butter, other's advice to combine the ingredients before cooking--both seemed sensible. I had the same problem others have mentioned that the rice did not cook properly. Possibly using instant or minute rice would be the answer. I can vouch that flavor was excellent--I used Campbell's soup and Knorr Onion soup mix, and it was seasoned very nicely. I would suggest others try my suggestion of the type of rice to use and give this a go, but as written, I think they might be disappointed.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 15, 2009
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