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DianeV


DianeV
 
Home Town: Rochester, New York, USA
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Member Since: Oct. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Diane V
Maple Garlic Pork Tenderloin
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Roasted butternut squash over linguine
Eye of Round of Roast
About this Cook
I love to cook, the sights, the sounds, the smells, it's all very intoxicating. Cooking engages all of the senses so when you present a plate it must not only taste good, but also look beautiful! I typically will try out a new recipe on a house full of guests, most of the time feeling pretty confident, but having fleeting moments of nervousness, right before my guests dig in. The best compliment to me comes from my children, "mom, you are the best cook in the world!"
My favorite things to cook
Hmmm - so many to choose from... Indian food, beef sate, skirt steak fajitas, Armenian pizza (Lahmajoon), Roasted garlic chicken, Pakhlava
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was an excellent cook - we never had typical American food in my house because my mom made mostly Armenian food. So we were used to hummus, pita bread, dolma, etc. My paternal grandmother taught me how to make a wonderful meatball soup that I always loved as a child, so now I'm passing that down to my chldren, as well other family recipes.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I ever made traditional Armenian dishes that my mother used to cook, was the proudest moment for me.
My cooking tragedies
I don't know if I ever had true tragedies, but some dishes have been disappointing, because they didn't meet my expectations.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Maple-Garlic Marinated Pork Tenderloin
This is such a simple recipe and it tastes wonderful. I was only able to marinate it for about 2 hours, but it still turned out well. I followed other reader's suggestions and added a little bit of soy sauce and more maple syrup so there would be more gravy to pour over the cooked pork. My entire family loved this. I served it with Armenian style pilaf and steamed, buttered zucchini. Delicious. I've enclosed a photo too, you can see the steam rising from the pilaf, which was sitting right next to the pork!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2008
Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)
I love Chicken Makhani and this is a great recipe. I only made a few alterations and it tasted like an authentic Indian restaurant dish. Unfortunately I didn't have any cashews, but next time I make this, I will add those in too. I omitted the cornstarch, added a little dash of cinnamon, about 3/4 cup chicken broth and tossed freshed chopped cilantro on top after I plated the chicken over rice. My husband had 3 servings and kept saying, "mmm, this is really good"

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 22, 2008
Stuffed Acorn Squash II
With my alterations I give this recipe 5 stars for its tasty, earthy, comfort food appeal! I cooked 1 cup of white long grain rice with 2 cups of chicken broth in a separate pan so I could add it to my ground beef mixture. I did not have pork sausage, but I'm sure it would be wonderful in this dish. I also added onions, celery, dried sage, 2 cloves of garlic, and rosemary to the meat for a savory taste. Once the squash was cooked, I spooned the rice and meat mixture into the wells, then topped each with some grated colby jack cheese. It turned out beautifully and was very tasty. My husband, who doesn't even like acorn squash, ate two servings! See my photo of this lovely autumn dish!

85 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 6, 2008
 
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