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I Love to Eat

I Love to Eat
Home Town: George Town, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands
Living In: Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Boating, Biking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm the mom to two little girls. My husband's job brought us to the Caribbean. Up until then, he traveled constantly. I was not used to making a sit down dinner for four everynight. Big adjustment. All the meals I knew were things that sat on the stove all day or baked in the oven. Too hot to cook like that here. So, I had to learn a whole new way to cook.
My favorite things to cook
Anything spicy. I love spices. Love to learn new ways to use them and new combination. Cilantro is King! I like Mexican and Southwest dishes best - as long as they do not have a lot of cheese. I also love to make yeast breads. I had a bread machine once, but I gave it away. I prefer kneading the dough and watching it rise. I also like slow cookers. Hubby thinks meats are too dry with the slow cooker, so I like to find soups and vegetarian dishes for this method. I am also in search for the greatest chocolate cake recipe in the world! I also love to try various cole slaw recipes and new corn bread recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a large family in the midwest. When I was growing up, my mom had dinner on the table everynight, and we sat down as a family and ate together. I think this is missing in a lot of middle class families today. Whenever I came home from school or an afterschool activity, dinner was on the stove and the house was fragrant with a meal being prepared. In my present family tradition, my mother in-law passed away a few years ago. Every year on her birthday we make one of her favorite foods with a chocolate cake. We always eat the Chocolate cake first which was something she loved to do when we would go out to dinner. Every New Year's we make conch chowder. My little girl and I make dinner together every Wednesday - she picks the menu and we do it together. One last tradition is my birthday dinner - BBQ ribs with potato salad and corn on the cob followed by Coconut Cake. Also looking for the greatest coconut cake recipe in the world!
My cooking triumphs
Any vegetable I can cook that my daughter will eat. I think my greatest cooking triumph was when I made fried chicken that came out like the best of the southern grandmas'. Or, my first Thanksgiving turkey that I made cuban style with lots of garlic, butter and lime juice. It was perfect!
My cooking tragedies
One Christmas about 15 years ago I was making thumbprint cookies. The jam caught fire in the oven. Ever since it has been a tradition to make these and call them "cookies flambe". I used to cook till the smoke detector went off. I have definitely improved over the years.
Recipe Reviews 90 reviews
Greek Pasta with Tomatoes and White Beans
I made this as written. It was flavorless.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 21, 2012
Broccoli and Tortellini Salad
I only made half this recipe and it was dinner for 2 and then leftovers for lunch the next day. Blanced the broccoli as suggested. Used 1.5x the amount of mayo suggested but used olive oil based mayo to lighten. Also used turkey bacon for same reason. Only used 1 tbs raw sugar. This recipe is sweet enough with the raisins in each bit that the dressing does not need to be that sweet. Also used mix of sunflower/pumpkin seeds with peanuts since that is what I had in the house. Only half of recommended onion. Used tri-color three cheese tortellini for a bit more color. Wish I had done as recommended by some and held back a bit of the dressing for serving at the table. A good recipe. Will make again.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 18, 2011
Amish Meatloaf
Made this as in directions. Used ground sirloin for less fat. Used apple cider vinegar. Drained the fat before adding glaze. Used digital thermometer and cooked to 160 degrees. Took close to 90 minutes. I am fond of Brown Sugar Meatloaf and this is my new favourite.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 5, 2011
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