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PJSAMIRA


PJSAMIRA
 
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Living In: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
In 2008 I had my 3rd child and have taken time off to be with the family. That has meant having more time to cook and a motivation to improve my skills. Other than cooking I love poetry, literature, photography, arts, and travel. My husband and I are from different cultures so I love combining our American and Algerian cultures in cuisine.
My favorite things to cook
Algerian Couscous, family recipes from mom and dad, soups, desserts, pastas.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, both my mom and dad shared cooking responsibilities, and it was quite a competition. My mom is a casserole, american dinner, and pie QUEEN. My dad is king of the bbq hands down, an awesome baker, and very inventive - never uses a recipe. I have great memories of both parents in the kitchen. Now that I'm an adult, our family tradition is getting the assistance of my 9 year old son so he can carry on he tradition of my dad, and also teaching my husband the basics of cooking since he never did anything in the kitchen until he was almost 30! I plan to have my two youngest helping as soon as they are able. I want to be a family in the kitchen like I had when I was a child.
My cooking triumphs
Making Algerian cuisine that satisfies my husbands taste for authentic food from his homeland.
My cooking tragedies
Until this year I always flunked when making potato salad, and have burnt a few things when not paying attention.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Red Skinned Potato Salad
I absolutely love this recipe. Thanks to Donna for the specific instructions (I'd never cooked boiled eggs like that before, and I usually either under or over cooked the potatoes). The only change that I made was I sub'd turkey bacon, and used 1 cup sour cream and 1 cup of mayo. The first day it was absolutely delicious. I was disappointed, however, that the next day the leftovers were soggy/watery and some of the flavor was lost. Not sure what happened with that, as the potatoes were drained and chilled as instructed.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 7, 2008
Becca's Barbequed Beans
This is my favorite bbq bean recipe with a few changes. We don't eat pork so I made some modifications. I used vegetarian bbq beans instead of pork-n-beans. I did the vinegar substitute for the pickles (thanks for the suggestion!). I also added 1 cup of onions and 1 cup of green peppers and sauteed them first, and used turkey sausage instead of the ground beef, sautee-ing it with the onions/green peppers. I increased the bbq sauce to 1 cup and added 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Took it to a picnic and got rave reviews!

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 7, 2008
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies I
I really enjoyed this recipe, it makes a huge batch so cooked some and froze the rest. I used butter instead of shortening and less salt, and it turned out great! They really gobbled them up.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 21, 2008
 
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