Ingalyn Profile - (13757288)

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Home Town: San Leandro, California, USA
Living In: Discovery Bay, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I've just returned to the Bay Area (Discovery Bay) after living on Maui for the past 6 years. I'm from a large family and we didn't have a lot of money growing up so I learned at an early age to make things stretch food wise. You know that 101 things to do with Ground Beef? I think I've had most of them. Because of this when I can get my hands on top quality ingredients, I am in heaven. Cooking for my man and my friends is my favorite thing to do. I would cook and feed people all day long if I could. I'd very much like to make a career out of it if I can.
My favorite things to cook
I love to do HUGE appetizer parties. In Hawaii, they call appetizers "pu-pu". I know, sounds silly but I picked up a ton of great ideas and recipes while living on Maui. Those people know how to have a party and how to eat. A lot of their food can be heavy so I lighten it up when I can. But pu-pu's are my favorite things to cook. I would do a whole appetizer restaurant if I could! Besides that, I would call my self a comfort food cook. I love the basics but with updated twists.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Oh boy, my family on my moms side is Italian and Portuguese and on my dad's side Danish. But I definitely have a Mediterranean slant on my cooking. Lot's of pasta and home made sauces.
My cooking triumphs
Hosting a Broker Open House and cooking ALL of the food that fed about 80 people all on my own. All appetizer stuff with a few salads. I actually ran out of food. It was a ton of work but very rewarding and that's when I thought maybe I could actually do this for a living.
My cooking tragedies
Oh, we all have them. The worst I think was when I had about 6 people over and had marinated short ribs for a whole day and put them on the bbq and then, well, got distracted. They burned into charcol! Smoke was everywhere. It was awful.
Recipe Reviews 48 reviews
Dennie's Fresh Lobster Salad
I don't know why I didn't rate this last September when I first made it to serve at a Cousins Brunch I hosted for my mom. Just couldn't stomach the price of lobster, so used crab. Added a pinch of Old Bay, finely minced celery and a squeeze of lemon. Amazing, just amazing! Am going to make it tonight to serve for Superbowl tomorrow, but with shrimp, the recipe really adapts well to any shellfish. I can't wait to try this with lobster, I'm sure it will be over the top! Thank you for sharing, it's a big hit at my house with family and friends!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 4, 2012
Bolognese Stuffed Bell Peppers
Wow, really yummy! I'm giving 4 instead of 5 stars, because if I would have followed the amount of ingredients, my peppers would have only been 1/2 full. And I didn't have huge peppers, just regular size. I used 1 full cup of cooked rice, 1 pound ground beef, 1/2 pound italian sausage and I added onion and garlic. The rest, I just doubled the ingredients and used homemade marinara. Really, really yummy, my family chowed on this, thank you!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 24, 2011
Donut Muffins
Ok, how come mine didn't turn out like the picture? Don't get me wrong, LOVE the taste, they are really yummy. First batch, I followed to the letter. They never rose up much, very low, and a bit crisp. For the 2nd batch, I lowered the temp to 350 and did 1-1/2 times the batter and added just a touch of baking soda. Up they they went over the top but didn't puff up, just spread. YUMMY, really good, but I really wanted poofy little muffins! I'll keep experimenting, they are that good to give it more and more and more tries. My family is not complaining at all, thank you!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 21, 2011
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