MARIAS23 Profile - (1530755)

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Living In: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: May 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Decadent brownies
Aerial view of chocolate angel food cake
Chocolatey angel food cake
Delicious baked tofu bites
About this Cook
I'm a Nutrition student and so I have both personal and professional interests in food sciences and the culinary arts. I like to try to eat healthful foods and minimize consumption of processed foods, so I try to cook dishes from scratch whenever I can. Besides the kitchen arts, I love photography, travelling and music. I often boogey to jazz or pop in the kitchen ;)
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake both cookies and cakes. My favorite cookies are choc chip and raspberry thumbprints. I'm currently trying to conquer the cheesecake. I like to cook Italian and my fave dish is stuffed shells. I also love to venture into Mexican realms with burritos and tacos. I wish I could cook better Indonesian foods but it's quite difficult and labor-intensive!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Coming from Indonesia, my family loves spice in our food. Our Chinese heritage has also exposed me to wonderful Indonesian versions of Chinese dishes. In short, my Chinese-Indonesian family loves food that's heavy in both spices and flavor!
My cooking triumphs
I've tried making various versions of stuffed shells and they've all turned out delish!
My cooking tragedies
I just can't seem to make fondue right! The first and only time I tried it was a complete failure!!!
Recipe Reviews 74 reviews
Mexican Bean Salad
It may be a little labor-intensive and requires a lot of ingredients but this bean salad is totally worth it! I've never tasted anything like it. The Mexican bean salad turned out fresh, delicious, spicy, with a nice sweet and salty tang to it. It doesn't hurt that it is so healthy too! It keeps very well and is a perfect side and/or snack!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 12, 2009
Lentil Soup
Delicious lentil soup recipe that is super healthy! It is very flexible in terms of adjustments according to what you have (or don't have) in your kitchen pantry. This is my go-to lentil soup recipe that I can't survive without in winter!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 12, 2009
Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
What a great, delicious recipe for pumpkin bread! I've never made pumpkin bread before and my virgin attempt was a huge success. I had to adjust some baking times because I had smaller-sized pans than the ones recommended in the recipe. I love that the crust is crisp and slightly crunchy, while the innard is soft and pillowy. I also substituted the spices with the pumpkin pie spice I had in my pantry. Very delicious and I will definitely use this recipe again. And again!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 2, 2008

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