Starlet Profile - (13766706)

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Home Town: California, USA
Living In: Maple Valley, Washington, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Punk-in... or Nosferatu with a mohawk =)
Pumpkin Pi
About this Cook
My dream is to open up my own cafe in an old church. I plan on financing this dream by winning the lottery :) I tend to use recipes more as a guideline and rarely measure (unless baking). I'm willing to try basically anything once. I like all foods except the slimy-type shell fish (oysters, mussels, clams) and processed nasty (alleged) foods.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite meal to cook is definately breakfast, although I only do it on the weekends. I've never had a breakfast meat I didn't like! Also, I love baking cookies and making desserts. I like pretty much all veg and love to make big hearty salads. I'm also a sauce junkie. And I love using fresh herbs and organic ingredients as much as possible.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always make Christmas Eve dinner for my side of the family and I look forward to it every year.
My cooking triumphs
My mom bragging about what a good cook I am! That felt good :) I pride myself on being able to cook many different types of ethnic foods, along with more traditional American fare.
My cooking tragedies
Not too many, but once followed a Rachel Ray recipe for a mushroom pasta dish that came out completely inedible and wasted a ton of perfectly good mushrooms... Needless to say, I don't trust her now, and LOVE AR even more than I did before!
Recipe Reviews 141 reviews
Asian Lettuce Wraps
The meat was a bit bland as written, I had to add a whole lot of junk & stuff to get it to delicious. Added lots of garlic & onion powder, worcestershire, garlic & ginger paste, Siracha, sweet & sour and extra hoisin... THEN it was awesome! Also did more toppings, sprouts, carrots, cilantro. VERY GOOD!!!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 29, 2011
Caramel Shortbread Squares
YUM! I halved (loaf pan), parchment, freezer 10m between layers, easy peasy. I did have to bake the shortbread quite a bit longer. For the chocolate I did semi-sweet with coconut oil in micro, this always works beautifully. Next time I will double the caramel layer though. I also added a touch of cinnamon and also salt to the caramel and will do that again next time. Or I'll sprinkle the top with sea salt...

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 28, 2011
Pineapple Fried Rice II
YUM! I skipped the sesame oil as I find it overpowering. I added celery, carrots, and mushrooms. And for the "sauce" I did soy sauce plus hoisin, and garlic and ginger pastes. I forgot to add the peas and missed them dearly.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 15, 2011

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