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Home Town: New York, USA
Living In: Texas, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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tomatoes on the vine
About this Cook
I've been a fireman for over 12 years and, yes, many fire fighters know how to cook. The ones that claim not to know how to cook I think just say it so they don't have to. Some of us can be very picky. I grew up watching my mother cook and that's where I get my inspiration from. We never had the same meal twice, it seemed like. We were always eating something different from anywhere in the world. Although this has been a subject of ridicule at the station (try suggesting tomato caprese to a group of southern meat & potato eaters) it has influenced my cooking. Thanks, Mom.
My favorite things to cook
It's hard to pick a favorite since I go by my cravings. :) I've been known to go to the supermarket at 10PM to get ingredients to curb a salsa craving. I guess my main things to cook would be anything involving beef, pasta and anything involving fresh fruits, vegetables and legumes. I've always felt the freshest ingredients speak for themselves without having to drown the food in seasoning.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition was the fact we didn't have one. Although we had the occasional traditional turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas, I remember having lasagna on occasion and I've cooked a rib eye roast before.
My cooking triumphs
When I finally mastered fried chicken. :)
My cooking tragedies
All the ruined fried chicken before figuring it out. ;)
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Joe's Famous Michelada
We make one similar to this, but we use worchestershire sauce instead of soy sauce, limes instead of lemons and instead of salt we use cajun seasoning. An oyster bar we go to takes an additional step and adds one raw oyster and one cooked shrimp. It tastes better than it sounds.

14 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 15, 2011
Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
I haven't tried this specific recipe, but I've made a recipe like this for years. The one suggestion made by another reviewer to blend the oatmeal into a powder before adding the liquid is a really good suggestion. If you don't mind chunks of oatmeal in your smoothie, you can omit that step.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 27, 2010
Blackjack Brisket
This brisket turned out very well, but like many others on this site I played with it a bit. 1. Used beer 2. Left out the molasses 3. Used one 6 oz. bottle of cayenne pepper sauce (I used Trappey's Red Devil, don't worry, it's not hot) 4. Mixed all the ingredients, except the onions which I just threw on top of the brisket, then poured it over the brisket 5. I used an oven bag (these are great for slow cooking). Save the leftover liquid (there will be a lot) as a makeshift BBQ sauce. You can use the oven bag as a gravy seperator by holding it up for a minute letting the fat flow to the top, then poke a hole in the bottom of the bag pouring the liquid into another container. If you have an actual gravy seperator, that's even better.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 5, 2008

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