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Home Town: Modesto, California, USA
Living In: St Louis, Missouri, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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Great Dane Hef
About this Cook
I'm a former vegetarian who married a meat-n-potatoes guy. I do most of the cooking for the two of us. I love to try new things in the kitchen and have been experimenting with Dutch cuisine lately.
My favorite things to cook
I have a strong love for Mexican food. I lived in southern Mexico for a few years and tried everything I could while I was there. I still can't make tortillas but I can whip up a mean pot of beans. I also worked at the world's best bakery for awhile and love to make bread.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom did most of the cooking for our family and she was a major health nut. I never knew that you could fry food at home until I left the house when I was 18. My husband encourages me out of the tofu! greens! attitude with his attitude of "butter makes it better."
My cooking triumphs
Egh. When everyone (and I'd settle for most) at the table are happy, I consider that a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
I have plenty! I hate bringing something (like a cake or a pan of uncut brownies) to a party/event that I can't taste beforehand to make sure I'm not poisoning everyone.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Cheddar Fennel Potato Gratin
I had a difficult time understanding the instructions. I'd recommend the following: 1. Use one, not two, fennel bulbs. Cut the core from the fennel (it's not as tender). Remove the green top from the bulb and reserve the feather-like leaves for a garnish. 2. Layer the potatoes and fennel vertically, not horizontally (like a lasagne). If you do horizontal layers, the cream sauce won't reach all of the potatoes. Cut the potatoes like potato chips and stand them on their ends, not flat. 3. Consider this a potato dish with the fennel as a twist. The fennel, when baked, will have a mild flavor. My kids liked it, so that was a plus. But if you're looking for WOW! fennel flavor, you may want to try it grilled or raw.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 3, 2015
Banana Cake V
Really great recipe--this is more like cake and less like bread! I loved it. I cut down the sugar to 1c and it was still very sweet. Also added walnuts and dried cranberries to the batter--yum. I used a Bundt pan and it came out beautifully after about 35-40 mins.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 21, 2010
Favorite Banana Blueberry Quick Bread
easy and delicious. I made it with 1/2c white and 1/2c brown sugar. also added some spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla. used muffin tins instead of a loaf pan and they came out very well. These are great!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 16, 2009
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