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Raquel


Raquel
 
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Living In: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Sep. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy
Hobbies: Biking, Walking, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Here`s what I have been cooking.. http://www.digitaljournal.com/group/146 Just before I moved out on my own, I started to express an interest in cooking mainly because I wanted to eat healthier and stop eating prepackaged meals. My mom always made home-cooked meals and never used prepackaged anything. I thank her so much for bringing me up on good well balance meals and therefore inspiring me to do it for myself, and one day my family. I just started my 30's and living with my boyfriend and my cooking has developed to a pretty good skill level. I keep learning new things, trying new things and just enjoy food in every possible way, from cooking it, to eating it, to watching others cook. I love the Food Network and this site for inspiring me in the kitchen. :)
My favorite things to cook
I love trying anything new. I love ethnic dishes and I also enjoy swapping fatty ingredients for healthier ones without sacrificing the taste. I also like tricking my guests with healthier recipes. :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking for an army regardless of whether you're actually cooking for 3, 4 or 5 people - Having no room on the table (bread, side carb dish, main meat dish, veggie dish and a salad)and just being a loud Portuguese family around the dinner table. It's not a well mannered table but a very happy and satisfied one. :)
My cooking triumphs
Hosting my first turkey dinner and man-handling that massive beast of a bird. :) AND making home-made sushi that tasted AMAZING.
My cooking tragedies
Surprisingly I am still without a tragic event in the kitchen other than breaking glass, spilling flour...burning my fingers....etc...etc.
Recipe Reviews 145 reviews
Sweet Hot Mustard Chicken Thighs
Yum! I marinated all day and instead of roasting them in the oven, we bbq since summer is coming to an end. Very tasty and moist. A nice balance of heat and sweetness. :) As always, you don't disappoint Chef John!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 26, 2014
Saltado de Vainitas (Peruvian Green Beans with Chicken)
I loved the flavour of soy, cumin, cilantro and vinegar in this dish. I did some modifications based on my preferences ( I never saute plain chicken...it must always be marinated or seasoned because I find it too bland otherwise). The base and combination of flavours and ingredients were new to me and that is why I am giving this a 5. AND it's pretty healthy!!So, I sauteed the chicken first (seasoned and marinated for a 4 hours with salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, soy sauce and the vinegar) then I took it out, and sauteed the onions, garlic, peppers and rest of the sauce and seasoning with the green beans until they softened...about 8-10 minutes adding the tomatoes, chicken and cilantro towards the end to heat through. Sorry to modify as the first reviewer but I really wanted to review and tell you I never would have thought to throw these things together so this recipe deserves 5 stars and for people to give it a try! Thanks!!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 9, 2014
Teriyaki Sauce and Marinade
I am proud of myself for actually making an authentic sauce. This recipe is fantastic. I did add a bit of cornstarch and water mix to thicken but everything else was done exactly as written. My Boyfriend who is a teriyaki fanatic was so impressed by the flavour. I could eat it with a spoon, but it is going with some pork later today. I just had to review before I forgot! Thanks!!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 2, 2014
 
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