Aja Profile - Allrecipes.com (14286550)


Home Town: Texas, USA
Living In: Washington, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Photography, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Jan. 23, 2014 7:32 pm 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2014 9:13 am
It's dreary and cold with my heater on full blast. When I come home from work during this time of season, all I want is some creamy comforting soup. Nothing else will do! To me, I ask myself, "Is there anything better?". Well yeah... there is, but soup warms you up and it's easy to… MORE
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About this Cook
I found my niche cooking at an early age, but took a path as a designer thinking that cooking was just a hobby. Back in college, my fashion styling teacher brought in a food stylist to speak about their profession. That was what I ultimately wanted to do! Even though I am not using my Visual Merchandising major, I think it plays a big part in how I present food. I'm a trial and error home cook and find that experimenting with different ingredients/flavors is what makes a dish very special and inventive. Gradually, I'm working on my food presentation and think I'm getting a bit better with every dish I make. I am originally from Texas, so my culinary roots are heavily southern influenced, but now with a Pacific Northwest twist since my move to Washington. I find it incredible to be surrounded by fresh seafood and locally grown vegetables. Since moving out here, the way I cook and see food is completely different from my deep-fried past life (although I indulge from time to time)
My favorite things to cook
Shrimp egg foo young, lentils, and practically anything seafood!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up with my grandma, she always made huge one-pot meals. Her specialty was beef stew with spaghetti noodles. As a kid, I never really appreciated it, but now looking back, I respect more than ever the time and love she put into getting food on the table for us. She is forever my inspiration.
My cooking triumphs
Getting the perfect sear on ahi tuna.
My cooking tragedies
Horribly overcooking very expensive jumbo shrimp in the oven. I wanted to be somewhat fancy and wrap proscuitto around the shrimp. It was terrible and I was cooking for a date at the time. He was very nice about it and said it was good, but I knew he was "just being nice about it". I knew never to make that mistake again!
Recipe Reviews 52 reviews
Steamed Clams from Swanson(R)
First off, I will say that I really went into this not thinking I was going to like this clam dish at all due to the addition of fennel. I am not a fan of anything licorice flavor, but boy did this taste really good! I wish I made more broth to soak up with my french bread! This was a big hit with my friends. It did turn out a bit salty, but we have a very high tolerance for salt, so this was just right! Would absolutely make this again and again!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2015
Chilapachole (Spicy Tomato Crab Soup)
I really like this soup. At first it seemed a bit too watery and thought I needed some heavy cream or some sort of thickener. it thickened up a bit as soon as I transferred it back to the pan. I goofed again and chopped up the chilies in the beginning so I had to just roll with it. The soup was spicy, but my friends and I enjoyed the spice level. The lime really shined and definitely needed to top this soup off.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2015
Smashed Potatoes from Swanson(R)
Simple mashed potatoes without the cream (that I'm used to adding). I liked the addition of chicken broth which added more flavor. The butter still made it very creamy and went well with the pork chops. Will make this super easy recipe again!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 26, 2015
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