NIRTAK99 Profile - (1518674)

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Home Town: Corvallis, Oregon, USA
Living In: Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China
Member Since: May 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking
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About this Cook
I was recently married (July 2004) and have gone back to school to get my masters degree, which gives me a much more flexible schedule to try out new dinner ideas than when I was working full time and getting home at 7:30! My husband seems to appreciate the change.
My favorite things to cook
I am always asked to make appetizers for gatherings, and I love to eat them too. My favorites are stuffed mushrooms or sashimi tuna with wasabi goat cheese.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom started me (and my brothers) young, we started by "helping" to measure and mix things, than I had to cook for the family once a week growing up. It was pretty simple at first, macaroni and cheese (from scratch), quesadillas, that sort of thing, but it eventually evolved and I really appreciate it.
My cooking triumphs
My husband's co-workers always comment on how great his lunches are...I always pack him leftovers from the night before. He has also claimed that they would rather come to our house than go out to dinner when he needs to entertain out of town colleagues.
My cooking tragedies
Burning the top of the fish in the broiler when my in-laws came to dinner, luckily it was coated with nuts I could brush most of them off, but the whole house smelled like I burnt something.
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Zucchini Yogurt Multigrain Muffins
My toddler (and I) could eat these all day long! I made a few substitutions based on what I had on hand and personal preference. I didn't have quite enough applesauce, so I added in a couple of mashed bananas, and didn't drain the zucchini much to make up for the extra liquid needed. I used chopped up oats, for oat flour (increased to just over 1 cup), and I omitted the sugar. I made 12 muffins with half the batter, and then turned the oven down to 350 and used the other half in a bread pan for about 45 minutes. Thanks for a great recipe!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 31, 2010
Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread
I didn't have any buttermilk, so I substituted fat free sour cream, plus used slightly less butter. My husband's response was "this is perfect." I completely agree.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 2, 2007
Alfredo Sauce
You never realize just how unhealthy alfredo sauce is until you make it...but it is sooo good! I used whipping cream (had some onhand), and added pepper and chunky smoked salmon at the end and served it over fresh linguine. Absolutely loved it!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 16, 2007

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