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Melissa Moo

Melissa Moo
Home Town: Long Island, New York, USA
Living In: Bangkok, Bangkok (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon), Thailand
Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I hated cooking until I left to study in a small town in Belgium for a year, where I had 2 options: cook dinner or starve! Now I'm living in Asia, and trying my hand at a very different world of food.
My favorite things to cook
Before I started cooking "real food", I was an avid baker ... my specialties are still breakfast and dessert. Cakes, cookies, and breads always make me (and my roommates) happy :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother comes from a long line of great cooks. My family ate dinner together at the table every night, and there was never a shortage of freshly baked cookies in the jar!
My cooking triumphs
Belgium is a cold climate, so I wanted something on hand that I could keep in the freezer and use for a quick, hot meal. My mom gave me the pasta sauce recipe that our family has loved for years. I was a little apprehensive (how do you find "crushed plum tomatoes" in a Dutch supermarket?), but the final result earned praise even from the Italian students in my dorm!
My cooking tragedies
I tried to substitute apple sauce for oil in a cake recipe, just like I did in America ... turns out European apple sauce has MUCH more flavor (and bigger chunks of real apple) than apple sauce back home. It was too strong and acidic and overwhelmed the entire cake!
Recipe Reviews 21 reviews
Cinnamon Rice with Apples
Delicious! I substituted a mix of brown and wild rice. Package directions said to simmer 45 min, so I added apples and everything else 15 min before the end of cooking. I also substituted dried cherries for raisins and added 1/2 cup of chopped pecans.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 15, 2009
Great-Grandmother Steinbeck's Johnnycake (Cornbread)
delicious! i didnt have oil so i substituted melted butter.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 21, 2009
Crispy Barbequed Tofu Slices
Yum! Use the most delicious BBQ sauce you can find. The flavor was amazing, but the strips lost some crispiness in the oven. Next time I will try baking first, then frying as other reviewers suggested.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 1, 2008

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