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lemon & lime

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Jul. 30, 2012 12:20 am 
I have never been 100% comfortable with the though of consuming other living beings. Although my diet is far from vegetarian, the second I start to think of where my food comes from, I get grossed out (after all, ignorance is bliss, right?). I cook mostly vegetarian dishes because I can't stand the thought of touching raw meat, poultry, or fish; the one time that I had to make hamburgers I wore plastic gloves and made a fit. In the U.S. I find it much easier to avoid coming in contact with raw meat; unless I am in a specific aisle at the grocery store it is unlikely that I have to think about it. However here in Mexico and during my trip to China a few months ago, the origin of my meals was constantly forced into the forefront of my mind. At home I always ask them to take all the skin off my fish at restaurants, but in China I was forced to pick at a whole fish with my chopsticks, among other crazy food experiences. Although it grosses me out, I think that it is healthy to be confronted with the reality of my consumption choices, and it definitely makes me consider switching to a vegetarian lifestyle. I was inspired to write this post because the other day I walked into the kitchen at my grandmother's house just to come face to face with a giant bucket filled with whole fish ready to be fried...it definitely ruined my appetite. 
Shrimp eyes and salted fish in China
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alinae

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May 2012

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Intermediate

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Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy

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About Me
Hi Everyone! My name is Alina and I am a college student from Philadelphia, PA. I started baking in high school and for the past two years have been cooking quick and easy meals in my dorm as well. I love following tons of cooking websites, blogs, and photo-journals online for inspiration, in addition to my mom's old cookbooks and her tried and true recipes.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite thing to make are roasted veggies. I like how easy they are to make, and how they can be added to almost anything or even eaten by themselves!
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was younger I would always help my mom make fresh tortillas before dinner. I remember sitting on the counter next to the tortilla press, and rolling little spheres of dough between my palms. I felt so strong and grown up once I could actually hold down the press with enough force to make a proper tortilla.
My cooking triumphs
A few months ago I prepared a molten chocolate cake under the tutelage of a world-renowned chef. I was terrified of messing up, so I asked him a million questions and double-checked everything. However it turned out delicious, and he was so happy with the results that he gave me his secret recipe as a present afterwards!
My cooking tragedies
It took me a very long time to figure out how to scramble and fry eggs. Before that all of my attempts yielded either very under- or over-cooked eggs that were pretty gross.
 
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