Liane Profile - (13959989)

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Home Town: Mt. Baldy, California, USA
Living In: Mt. Baldy, California, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Indian, Italian, Southern, Healthy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Finally learning to cook after living in places where I couldn't really use the kitchen. It's one of my new favorite hobbies. One of my favorite parts of cooking is feeding people a good, home-cooked meal that is hard to find in our busy culture. I love trying new recipes, especially ones that are healthy and simple, and adapting old recipes to make them extremely flavorful without a lot of oil and fat. Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything and have been my go-to resource for a lot of recipes and knowledge. Now I also have All Recipes!
My favorite things to cook
Roast chicken, chili, soups with homemade stock, simple pasta, rice dishes
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes a mean gumbo, chicken pasta salad, enchilada casserole, mac and cheese, and others.
My cooking triumphs
Cutting up my first chicken! What a piece of work. My most recent triumph is making a lasagna bolognese - $50 dropped on ingredients and 6 hours time spent on the various steps yielded the most amazing lasagna I have ever tasted. I want to make it again but I think that will have to wait about five more years until I've properly recovered.
My cooking tragedies
A tragedy but not quite: reconstituting dried apricots, wrapping them in prosciutto, and baking. The prosciutto was too dry to mold around the fruit like bacon does and the apricots were way too tart for my tastes. However, my husband loved it, so not quite a tragedy.
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Chili-Lime Chicken Kabobs
I think the people having flavor issues aren't using enough salt. I tasted the marinade without salt and then added it and the lime flavor just popped out. Delicious recipe. It says "salt to taste" but with the quantities of this marinade you should use at least 1 tsp salt, probably more. Most of the salt is left behind in the marinade when you cook the chicken so too much sodium shouldn't be an issue.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 4, 2012
Chocolate Banana Bread
This recipe is great. It is kind of more like a pound cake and less like banana bread but still very good. Not gooey at all like some recipes I've had. I liked the chocolate flavor a lot. Banana bread is not my favorite, so this is good for me because it is not just banana flavor! I used butter (added salt as well) instead of margarine and full-fat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream and both worked out really well. I like the slight crunch on the outside of the loaf the yogurt provides. I will make this again!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 5, 2012
Mint Juleps
I loved this recipe. So fantastic. Perfect balance of sweet, mint, bourbon. 4 oz is A LOT of bourbon, though, even with filling most of the glass with ice. I will probably halve the serving size next time. Also followed the tip to bruise the mint and it turned out well.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 22, 2012
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