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Home Town: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Living In: Austin, Texas, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Photography, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
It's difficult for me to follow a single recipe. I either combine several different recipes or don't follow one at all and create recipes on my own. That's just the way I cook. I've NEVER written down the exact ingredients for the meals I've created and this can be quite frustrating at potlucks, etc...when someone asks for the recipe. For me, cookbooks (and I have a ton of them!) are used solely for reference or in the case of my older cookbooks of the late 1800's/early 1900's for humor and a good read. And finally, I'm a sauce girl. Love sauces of all kinds.
My favorite things to cook
Vegetables. Always looking for new veggie recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking was always a big event in my family and would usually take hours to create a meal. My family was heavy on the meat (2+ times per day), along with the traditional starch, usually potatoes, and a vegetable. Always had a huge Sunday dinner - Fried Chicken, Beef Roast, or Ham. My favorite dinner growing up was Beef Stroganoff -- loved the smell of simmering onions, mushrooms, beef, and WINE. My mother worked as a Banquet waitress and this made quite the impression on me. She would bring home the most decadent, the most odd, the most flavorful foods for me to try. It stuck with me when I moved out at the age of 18 and started to cook on my own. I absolutely love food and seriously take the time to enjoy it. Off the top of my head there are only two things that I don't like; bamboo shoots and water chesnuts. Can't stand them. To me, they offer nothing else but crunch -- no flavor whatsoever. Also had plenty of tomatoey-type casseroles while growing up - so not a big fan.
My cooking triumphs
I can throw anything together and it turns out fantastic!
My cooking tragedies
Haven't had many of these -- maybe five?
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Quinoa Chard Pilaf
Simple and flavorful. Those who thought it to be bland...?? have lost their tastebuds. I used Rapunzel vegan bouillon with herbs and it was a near perfect meal. The rainbow chard bleeds throughout the dish by the next day though.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 10, 2009
Beer Batter Crepes I
I followed the exact recipe, added a little cream to thin, and they turned out fantastic. Best crepe ever and the subtle beer flavor added a very nice touch! Filled with fruit filling of apples, peaches, and strawberries that I cooked on the stovetop while the batter fermented.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 2, 2009
Banana Cream Pie I
This is THE very best filling ratio/mix for banana yummy. When cooking though, ~1/2 hr, you must have patience or the filling will not set up for you. I used skim milk, arrowroot, a bit of pure vanilla, and eliminated cooking. It was absolutely perfect atop a simple graham cracker crust.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 16, 2008

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