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Home Town: Harkers Island, North Carolina, USA
Living In: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Quick and easy weeknight meals like stir fry, pasta dishes, casseroles, one pot dinners, and slow cooker recipes. Love cooking brunch on the weekends and experimenting with different ethnic recipes.
My cooking tragedies
While in high school I worked at a restaurant on weekends and helped in the kitchen with prep-work and fry cooking. One Sunday morning we had a hugh pot of down-east style clam chowder simmering on the stove. Next to it was a hugh pot of Turkey gravy for the lunch special. After chopping all the turkey giblets, I mistakenly put them in the clam chowder instead of the gravy!! My boss was horrified. In my defense, down east style clam chowder is not made with milk like the New Englad sytle, and is more brothy in appearance, and looked an awful lot like the light brown turkey gravy. It was too much clam chowder to throw out and go to waste, so we served the clam chowder with the turkey giblets anyway. Believe it or not, no one noticed a thing. We still get a huge laugh out of that to this day, some 25 years later.
Recipe Reviews 25 reviews
Homemade Enchilada Sauce
I'll never use canned enchilada sauce again! Other than grinding your own dried chilis, it couldn't taste more authentic, and who has the time for all that when chili powder is so readily available. I made exactly as written and tasted first before adjusting seasoning. In the end I did choose to double the amount of cumin, onion powder and garlic powder as some other reviewers suggested for a little more warmth and stronger flavor. Still, as written it was good, and probably perfect for the average person who doesn't like things as spicy or intense. I personally liked the hint of sweetness from the brown sugar and didn't think it too sweet. Will use again and again from now on. Thx to Mary Kate for submitting.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 23, 2014
Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce
4 stars for the marinade. Followed the marinade recipe exactly, and the chicken was good, but next time I will probably increase the lemon juice and oregano for our tastes. We would have liked a little more intense lemon and oregano flavor, so increasing those two things and maybe adding some lemon zest along with the juice would do the trick, but as written was still very enjoyable. Tzatziki sauce as written not so good, so only 3 stars. A little bland tasting with a strange mouth feel. So, I did take some reviewers advice and altered it slightly by using lemon juice in place of white vinegar, a pinch or two of both dried dill weed and sugar, and an extra tbsp of olive oil to give it a more creamy consistency. Lastly, after grating the cucumber, spread it on several sheets of paper towel, lightly salt and let sit for about 15 mins to allow all the moisture to be drawn out of the cucumber. Then dry thoroughly with more paper towels before adding to tzatziki. Doing this will prevent your tzatziki sauce from becoming overly watery. I've tried making tzatziki several times and with the adjustments this was my best attempt by far. I think the pinch of sugar to cut the bitterness of the yogurt and the additional olive oil to give it a better mouth feel were key. Thanks to the original poster of the recipe and all the other cooks out there who wrote reviews and added suggestions. I love this site!

41 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 16, 2014
Cat Poop Cookies II
I find this whole concept disgusting. Does it really matter how it tastes? We eat with our eyes first. Who wants to eat POOP? I have a great sense of humor, but this is ridiculous. The only people I can even imagine finding this "funny" would be a book club of crazy cat ladies LOL

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 14, 2014

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