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Caroline C

Caroline C
Home Town: Porstmouth, Hampshire, England, U.K.
Living In: Fort Lupton, Colorado, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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Roasted Pork, Fennel, and Onions
Asian Fire Meat
Indian Stir-Fried Shrimp in Cream Sauce (Bhagari Jhinga)
Indian Style Sheekh Kabab
About this Cook
I'm a 39yo SAHM to a girl (born February 2010) and a boy (April 2011) and, unfortunately, no longer have as much time in the kitchen as I would like. When I'm not taking care of the tots, I enjoy reading, foodblogs, needlepoint, movies, politics, and generally faffing around. I am also kept busy by our guinea hens, chickens, and everything else that comes with running an 8 acre hobby farm.
My favorite things to cook
When I have the time, I love trying recipes from each and every part of the world, especially Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and Mexican dishes. But I also love traditional Mid-west/Southern cooking, and also good old-fashioned traditional-English-fare-I-grew-up-with (and English food is NOT the boring muck that the stereotypes would have you believe). Unfortunately, I currently seem to be stuck in a bit of a culinary rut - there are about 15 dishes I seem to make with alarming regularity.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mum – who, like her mother, is an awesome cook - and I have never been especially close, and she never wanted any help in the kitchen, nor did she express the slightest interest in teaching me any recipes. Sure, we had lots of cooking traditions – namely birthdays, Christmas, Boxing Day, Shrove Tuesday, Easter etc - but they were always her thing, and my only contribution was to eat what was put in front of me. Sad, huh? I have, however, continued some family traditions here in the US, and I cannot wait to teach my children the old family favorites.
My cooking triumphs
I consider it a triumph any time I make something that is delicious – it doesn't matter if it is quick and simple, or gourmet! Nothing beats the feeling of seeing your cooking enjoyed and appreciated. I am also immensely proud when Husband brags about my cooking to other people :)
My cooking tragedies
I can finally say that my cooking tragedies are pretty much a thing of the past. Every now and again I'll make something that won't even make it to the table, but, thankfully, it doesn't happen often.
Recipe Reviews 1853 reviews
Southwestern Quinoa Salad
I'm a recent covert to quinoa, and this recipe is one of the best I've ever made. I used 1c of quinoa but pretty much eyeballed the other ingredients. Kept the amount of dressing the same though (PEREFCT!) Didn't have Adobo seasoning so I added a wee pinch of ground Chipotle powder. This was so good. Even my 3y/o and 4y/o asked for seconds. Thanks so much!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 6, 2014
Corn, Sausage and Pepper Chowder
This soup was a big hit with us, especially my 2 y/o and 3 y/o. Made a few changes, of course - sautéed the kielbasa along with the onion, peppers and garlic then set it aside (LOVE the flavor of the browned, crispy casing. Used a can of creamed corn plus a can of regular corn kernels, and also threw in a sachet of jamon seasoning for a bit of extra porky flavor. Turned out great! Served it with warm crusty bread for a hearty Fall lunch. Thanks!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 31, 2013
Green Tomato Cake
This is absolutely THE best cake I have made all year. The only changes I made were to make it with one cup of white sugar and one cup of brown, and I used apple sauce instead of butter. Dice the tomatoes really small, and nobody would ever guess they were in it. Absolutely fantastic. Thanks so much, Glenda!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 31, 2013

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