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Claire M

Claire M
Home Town: Seattle, Washington, USA
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Member Since: Sep. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I grew up with my grandma, and while my sister and I lived with her, every meal and every desert was the three of us cooking together in her kitchen. She is now my official taste tester. I'm in college now, so my budget is pretty limited, but I always make sure to save a little bit for cooking. I also call my grandma all the time to ask her for low budget substitutions. She is the master of that.
My favorite things to cook
Oh man. My grandma has a recipe for this cake that is vegan, requires only the pan that it is baked in, a teaspoon, and a measuring cup. It was the first thing I ever baked on my own, and it's still my favorite cake. Also I think cooking while camping is fun, cooking over a fire kind of thing. It's fun to get inventive, so really whatever I can find.
My favorite family cooking traditions
YORKSHIRE PUDDING. If youve never had it, you should make this winter. It's definitely a winter meal, but it has to be cooked with a roast, so my family always eats it for Christmas. Its very rich, bready, and extremely buttery.
My cooking triumphs
My sister and I made a four layer chocolate raspberry whipcream marzipan cake with fresh ganashe frosting from scratch for her birthday. It was beautiful and delicious.
My cooking tragedies
Probably the same cake as my cooking triumphs. My sister REALLY wanted to bake the cake, but I ended up baking the four layers in the end, because her first three attempts she forgot to add the flour mix, then she turned the oven on too low, and then she forgot the baking soda/powder. It was a very late night, but VERY worth it.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Cheesy Cauliflower Couscous
I thought this was excellent. All the other reviewers said that it could use a boost in flavor, so I looked through my kitchen and found some ingredients to spice it up. Prepared the cauliflower and couscous as directed. I sauted garlic, black pepper, and chicken in margarine for about 2-4 minutes. Then I chopped some green onions, and stirred this all together in an 8x8 pan. I added salt and more fresh ground black pepper before mixing in both mozzarella and cheddar. Probably about 2 cups? It was excellent. I would have liked plain I am sure, but my bf is not a big couscous fan. Really great with leftovers, or as a side to a flavorful dish.

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 26, 2010
Butternut Squash Soup
Fantastic. I made it according to the recipe, but I found that the cream cheese made it a little too thick for my liking, so I added about a 1/2 cup of milk. Also, it is an excellent dip when could, very good with cooked broccoli.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 17, 2008
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