Cyn Profile - (13825421)

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Home Town: California, USA
Living In: Murrieta, California, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Low Carb, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Camping, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Bangers and Mash
About this Cook
I'm a wife, mother of two very amazing and cute boys, and a twin. I was born and raised in a small farming town in California but moved to Arizona when my husband got a job on the border but am now back in California. I love reading, KDramas and Anime, gaming (computer, RPG, most "geek" types), spending time with family (harder now) and friends, scrapbooking and card making, and cooking of course. While I do have my BA I'm blessed with the option of concentrating on being a wife and mother right now (and of course the chance to learn more about cooking).
My favorite things to cook
I make a decent Chile Verde, shredded beef, and most things Mexican, which my husband loves about me. I'm also fairly decent at Low Carb stuff as I've been on many low carb diets. I love making desserts and eating them which unfortunately means that I can't make dessert too often since my waist line shows my love of cooking too much already. I also love to experiment and make new things and try new styles, especially Asian. I also love everything about tea and teatime.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up as a sort of assistant chef to my dad who loves to experiment. He taught me most of what I know about regular cooking. With Dad, besides the experiments with everything else, I learned a lot of Mexican dishes like Chili Verde and some grilling like hamburgers(and I mean mixing stuff in the burgers not cooking the frozen patties). From Mom I learned some Mexican stuff, like salsa and enchiladas, which she learned from Dad's mom, some classic American like casseroles, and making desserts. My favorite family cooking traditions involve our weekend classic American breakfasts which involved bacon, eggs, and pancakes or waffles; our afternoons of experimentation; our extended family bar-b-ques that involved cooking something on a spit and/or grilling carving off it all day; and our fondue nights where every course was fondue. One of my favorite cooking traditions, and where I learned a lot about fish, was cooking dinner for our family with my twin once we were in college.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering my dad's Chili Verde recipe, learning how to cook fish, and creative low carb cooking. My best so far though would be my first traditional Thanksgiving meal I made all on my own, from the appetizers to the pie (all of which was my first time making except for the potatoes) even with the power going out the evening before and not coming back on until 2 a.m. and having to make it all before 11 a.m. so hubby could leave for work at 1:30 and taking care of my baby at the same time.
My cooking tragedies
Oh where to start...So far the worst was using regular rice instead of minute rice in a Chicken Alfredo casserole. The rice was completely uncooked and it tasted completely bland since I ran out of time and used a jar of Alfredo sauce.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Never Fail Biscuits
Perfect! I wanted to make my husband a special breakfast for a major catch at work and knew that one of his favorites is biscuits and gravy. I'd never made biscuits from scratch before and thought I'd give this recipe a try. I followed directions to a T except I followed Barbara's tip by rolling it thinner (I made it 3/8 inch thick) folded it over then cut it. Pulled apart in a perfect center and they were light, fluffy, and great. My husband ate his with sausage gravy and I had mine with butter. We were both torn as to which was the best way to eat them.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 23, 2011
Crispy Rosemary Chicken and Fries
This recipe is wonderful! I prepared mine slightly differently than the directions in that I mixed everything in a big mixing bowl first (and made sure to rub the spices under the chicken skin as other reviewers suggested) then poured it onto a cookie sheet and cooked as directed. My husband and I loved it so much we prepared a large batch with just the chicken and put into several vacuum sealed bags to keep in the freezer for even faster/easier use as the thighs were on sale when we made it. We also brought some to a friends house the other night and cooked the chicken on the grill and everyone raved about it. Awesome and versatile recipe!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 2, 2011
Fluffy Pancakes
A great pancake recipe. Certainly one of the fluffiest recipes I've tried (and my family likes fluffy pancakes) though we thought they needed just a little more sweetness to them. I think next time we'll add just a little vanilla as someone else suggested.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2010

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