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INDRIANI


INDRIANI
 
Home Town: New York, USA
Living In: New York, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I have a large and very ethnically mixed family. This usually makes for interesting meals in my home.
My favorite things to cook
Even though I have been exposed to so many different cuisines I am basically a meat-and-potatoes gal, so my best dishes always involve some sort of beef or pork. I enjoy making a good slow-cooked shredded beef with classic black beans and white rice. I also enjoy cooking many seafood dishes, especially stews. West Indian/Carribean food always tops my list of favorite things to cook (and eat)!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My father is the big cook in my family. My father was an expert padeiro (bread baker) so his breads are absolutely fantastic. Sitting in a warm kitchen and watching him knead dough, the smell of olive oil, the waiting--all wonderful memories.
My cooking triumphs
One Christmas I was expecting a rather large group of people to come to my house, so it was a timing challenge because I was expected to also work on Christmas day. Luckily my job was only 4 blocks from my home, so at different intervals during the day I would run home and start up the oven for my roasts, chop the vegetables, brown the meats, peel the potatoes and start working on the dough for my bread. It was quite a great experience to walk around work with a kitchen timer in my hand and having to excuse myself to go home and chop some onions! It was great fun and everyone raved for days about my food. My sister in law took all the leftovers home with her!
My cooking tragedies
I can't say that I have had any!
Recipe Reviews 33 reviews
Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole
Outrageously good. I'm considering this for an office potluck. I used hash brown patties, chopped into quarters. No ham or parmesan, but used chopped green pepper instead. Fantastic.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 27, 2012
Cuban Beef Stew
The best thing for me about this recipe is that I don't have to think about whether I have the ingredients I need--in my house they are staples. This stew is how I start off the work week--Sunday afternoon lunch/dinner, leftovers Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday...depending on how much I make LOL. Always tastes better the next day. This is the MOTHER of beef stews. Rich, with contrasting flavors, like sweet/salty, earthy/tart. 2 modifications to try: a teaspoon of ground cinnamon along with oregano and cumin, and then a splash of cayenne pepper sauce right before it's done. Serve over white rice, fresh salad and a side of tostones with garlic sauce. Thanks for sharing.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 3, 2012
Sausage Gravy II
Here is how I make mine: I heat up a store bought frozen garlic loaf of bread in the oven for about 10 minutes. I steam the sausage first then pan fry without the onion. In a separate bowl I wisk together 1 cup milk, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, salt, pepper and dried parseley flakes. When the sausage is almost ready, I pour the milk mixture in and bring to a boil. I serve this over the garlic bread. This has now become the most requested breakfast item in my home, with even a die-hard vegetarian hartily eating it!!

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 25, 2007
 
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