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Home Town: Dallas, Texas, USA
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Member Since: Aug. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Music
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About this Cook
I grew up in a house where Kraft EZ Mac and TV Dinners were king. My step-mother eventually came into the picture and introduced us to real food, as it were. I still have an addiction to those junky things of the past, but as I get older, I discover that I love the concept of fresh food cooked by me at a cost I can afford on a scale of a place that may offer that same type of food at a cost I cannot afford. I fear one day that fast food and TV dinners will no longer be an option, and I wish to save humanity from these foods and their horrible effects, while limiting the disaster of a Great McDonald's Depression that may leave many homes hungry, just because people may not have an idea of what to do when the "convenience" is gone.
My favorite things to cook
I am an odd one. I rarely follow recipes. I live and learn, fail to succeed. By that, I mean, I observe how food mingles and what does when when cooking how to discover the mechanics. From there, it is all taste and obsessive compulsive. I have been known to splurge 50 bucks on a wild cooking idea I had in which I had no ingredients.... I justify it all out though, 90% of the cost of cooking is establishing the ingredients you don't have yet. For the most part, I am an experimental type, I like to throw things together and see what happens.
My favorite family cooking traditions
McDonald's and TV Dinners? Does it count if we use a microwave?
My cooking triumphs
Not catching myself on fire. Still learning how to avoid cuts though.
My cooking tragedies
I have had many, but as life is an experience, so is cooking. Thinking outside the box is bound to offer upset in defeat, but that one diamond in the rough I think will prove more valuable than just sticking to the routine and doing what I am told. I fail to succeed.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
The chili base is so amazing. Do not omit the cocoa as it is magic. Great dish all around. The sweet potatoes not only make an interesting addition, but they turn this into a complete protein meal. I will admit that they contrasted too much with the base, but it really works well. My mods... used Italian seasoning due to no oregano, added some paprika, used brown sugar instead of white. if it seems like too much heat reduce or omit the ancho chili, and you can remove jalapeno seeds. I would not limit Chipotle because it adds its own flavor and does not contribute much to the heat.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 10, 2013
African Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup
Interesting concept. Note that in my version I omitted the peanut for cashews and the peanut butter for more cashews. I did not add salt, but rather added sea salt roasted cashews. Still needed salt. The texture is weird, the water called for is too much (and in my version I had about 20% more sweet potato and tomato than called for, but kept the water cited). This dish is rich, but lacking in something I can't quite figure out what. Cilantro is a must. Without cilantro, the taste is flat and earthy. Cilantro compliments and enhances it well. I think next time I will try it with vegetable broth over plain water. I think that is the missing dimension here.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 13, 2012
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