BEARROBB Profile - (1436085)

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Living In: Casapesenna, Campania, Italy
Member Since: Nov. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Berry Delicious Yellow Cake
Nasi Goreng - Fried Rice
My husband, Jim and I, Dec 2006 - Guam
About this Cook
I have a love for cooking from my Grandmother. She was always making something delicious. I took my first professional cooking class when I was 19. It was a Chinese food course. The most important thing I learned was to make great Chinese food you need to buy quality ingredients. Becuase of my husband's job I live all over the world. I make it my mission to eat and cook the food of the local culture. Additionally, almost every destination I travel to I will try to fit in a Cooking course in that area, most recently I have taken courses in Thailand, Bali and Napa.
My favorite things to cook
I lean towards Asian and Italian. I love to make Tom Ka Gai for friends and family. My favorite Italian dish to make and eat is Penne Arribiatta. We lived in Sardegna for several years and they make the best Arribiatta there.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Because my husband is in the service I live away from my family most of the time. So whenever we are home, San Francisco, we are in the kitchen making family favorites. Taco night one night, spaghetti the next. We never leave home wothout having a huge cook out.
My cooking triumphs
The perfect Thanksgiving. I am a perfectionist. Sad to say but when it came to feeding friends and family what I had cooked I would be afraid it wouldn't be perfect. I had to get over it. So I took on Thanksgiving. Everything was up to my standards. The Maple Glazed Turkey made the day. Of course there were lots of helping hands... It would not have been Thanksgiving without everyone in the kitchen.
My cooking tragedies
Sometimes I try and figure out a recipe for something I have eaten at a restaurant. My husband is always so sweet and says "Wow, that just like the ... we had at such and such place" It really doesn't always turn out so well
Recipe Reviews 27 reviews
Banana Banana Bread
This recipe ROCKS! Easy to play around with. If you don't have enough bananas you can add apple sauce. I wanted to play with the texture a little so I substituted a bit of the flour with wheat germ and cake flour. I LOVE this recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 29, 2013
Kosher Salt Encrusted Prime Rib Roast
Created a spice rub and rubbed it down the night before cooking. All the spices penetrated the meat and the salt crust made this so tender, even the most well-done pieces.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2010
Four Egg Yellow Cake
I use this recipe for all of my 'yellow caked' based recipes like Lemon or almond cake. I always use 12/ canola oil and 1/2 butter and for the texture I like I, whip two of the 4 egg 'whites' to soft peaks and fold them in at the end

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 25, 2009

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