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Rachelle


Rachelle
 
Home Town: California, USA
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Member Since: May 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Italian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Me and my Boyfriend
About this Cook
I'm finishing up my final year of college at UC Berkeley. Go Bears! I sing in a group on campus and play guitar at Jewish reform services. When I'm not studying for my pre-nursing courses or hiking the hills of Berkeley, I'm spending time with my wonderful boyfriend of two years.
My favorite things to cook
I cook A LOT of pasta. Everyone living in college apartments does; it's practically a law of nature. But I try to make it healthy by adding lots of veggies, and when it's not midterm season I like to cook more elaborate dishes (i.e. I love to make various salmon dishes when I can afford to). My all time favorite kitchen activity is baking, hands down. I love making cupcakes, cookies, and cinnamon rolls, and reliably make a cake or pie for the birthday of any close friend (any excuse to bake!)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family does not understand why I like to cook so much, as none of them really enjoy it themselves. (They don't complain that I cook for them though: quite the opposite). My mom only cooks because she has to, and often makes excessive substitutions in recipes so that finished product barely resembles what it was intended to. I have picked up some handy tips from my aunt, though, and inherited a copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking from my grandmother.
My cooking triumphs
The boeuf bourguignon I made for New Years, accompanied by French Rolls from scratch (the recipe is on this site) literally took all day, but was a total hit.
My cooking tragedies
The oven at my current apartment does not seem to have a temperature setting other than 400 degrees. I discovered this, to my cost, with a fresh batch of cinnamon rolls that I had spent 2 hours making from scratch. They were burnt to a crisp; it was devastating.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Banana Pancakes I
These were easy to make and delicious! The only issue with them is the moistness of the banana makes them harder to cook all the way through; low heat and slow cooking is necessary. But even for the batches that were mushy in the middle, they tasted great.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 7, 2011
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
This was a very flavorful side dish. I took the advice of other reviewers and blanched the asparagus before wrapping and baking. It helped them stay green and not dry out. The dish was very tasty overall, but we had some issues with the stalks being too fibrous and chewy (not the recipe's fault though). The proscuitto and cream cheese went really well together and not salt was needed because the meat was salty enough on its own.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 29, 2011
General Tsao's Chicken II
This was an OUTSTANDING recipe. I thought it was better than most Chinese restaurants I've tried! I was lacking a few ingredients, so I took the advice of other reviewers and substituted chili flakes for the whole peppers and peanut butter for peanut oil. I also saved some green onions to sprinkle fresh on the final product. Served with white rice and broccoli as suggested, and my boyfriend and I both loved it. No complaints here, will definitely make again.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 4, 2011
 
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