Alisha Profile - (13756989)

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Living In: Houston, Texas, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
Although I've been cooking since I was a child, I only discovered my passion for food and cooking in the last few years. Now I love challenging myself in the kitchen so that I can grow as a cook even more. Successfully learning to incorporate new ingredients that I've never used before, remaking leftovers into new delicious meals, and converting fattening comfort foods into healthier alternative recipes make me very happy. Thus far it has been one very tasty journey, and one I have no plans to conclude anytime soon. We are all eating healthier these days, but always looking for recipes that have the whole package: taste, presentation, and nutrition.
My favorite things to cook
I don't think I have a favorite. My go to meals are usually Asian or Mexican, depending on my mood, but I adore trying new cuisines and foods I've never tried before. Whichever direction I take, my absolute favorite creation will always be one I make from leftovers. I despise throwing food out, but also hate leftovers so when I think I can transform them into something spectacular, I usually give it a go. Once before, I served breakfast for four out of a leftover beef fajita taco & about a cup of Spanish rice. I made them into a great scramble with a few eggs, fresh cilantro, and onion and served it with toast and some orange wedges. Everybody loved the meal and thought I'd slaved for hours. I love that!
My favorite family cooking traditions
The traditions that really come to mind are the holiday ones. As far back as I can remember, we've always made homemade pies at Christmas and a special stuffing recipe that was handed down at least four generations ago. The one tradition that I've broken is that the cooks in my family are incessant measurers. I no longer do except when baking pastries, preferring to follow my instincts and taste buds instead.
My cooking triumphs
I've had lots that I was proud of, but one that stands out is the first time I made Vietnamese spring rolls. The rice wrappers are very delicate, but my first batch looked and tasted as good as the restaurant where I first tried them.
My cooking tragedies
Honestly I can't think of many because I'm usually able to turn near misses into something edible. I do remember throwing out some baked fish fillets that turned to mush and some rather flat Yorkshire pudding, though.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Wonton Wrappers
My son and I made this recipe yesterday and followed it exactly. We found the dough easy to work with and had no trouble at all except with the sheets sticking together. I suggest letting them cure a little individually before dusting with flour and stacking. Instead of making squares, we used a 3 1/2" circle cutter to make rounds and made potato, onion, and cheddar perogies. Any scraps I deep-fried and drizzled with honey and sprinkled with powdered sugar for a sweet snack. I had no wasted dough. Personally this is the recipe I'll use to make ravioli, dumplings, eggrolls, and perogies from now on. It is very versatile and easy to make.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 27, 2012
Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers
I didn't follow the recipe, but used it as a springboard for inspiration. It was lunchtime, I had about two hours before class and still had homework to do before I got there. I had ground turkey thawed and after a quick search, I found this recipe. I threw together 1 lb ground turkey, spinach and feta (which I had leftover from other dishes). Then I added sprinkle kosher salt, blk pepper, garlic powder and mixed well. Formed the mixture into patties and cooked over a stovetop grill, low and slow. Here's my twist: I sliced green apple very thinly and layered on bottom bun before placing burger on top of the apple. A smear of mayo on the top bun finished the burger. How'd it turn out you ask? The apple added a little sweetness and some crunch that was otherwise missing (I forgot to pick up lettuce at the grocery). They were the most delicious burgers I've ever eaten, and dear son asked for a second one! Thanks so much for inspiring me and making by day a little easier!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 14, 2009
Simple Grilled Lamb Chops
Absolutely delicious! Followed the recipe exactly except I pan-seared before before finishing in the oven. Served chop with sauteed onion, from marinade, over thinly sliced sauteed zucchini with a pomegranate sauce. Beautiful presentation and tasted as good as it looked. All of the flavors complemented each other perfectly.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 1, 2008
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