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Home Town: Meunchweiler, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Living In: Sedona, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
Having lived all over the world, I enjoy variety in my diet. Lately I'm very much into a healthier diet.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook things that do well when vacuum sealed. That's because I love to cook large quantities ... just feels more yummy to me. But then I never eat that much so ... vacuum sealing Rocks!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in Germany and despite the stereotype ... German food is really yummy. The challenge is to make it healthier. Look for some of my creations to come in future postings (if they ever get around to publishing the ones I've already submitted :-)
My cooking triumphs
I make a killer cookie. The recipe is in my head ... one day I'll write it down. It all started with the Neiman Marcus recipe, the Urban Myth one. But I've changed it so much, it barely resembles that cookie anymore. I use Agave nectar and there's NO WHITE FLOUR in it. So, its actually very healthy.
My cooking tragedies
Veal ... 'nuff said!
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Spicy Sweet Stovetop Popcorn
I'm not surprised with the reviews. And I apologize on behalf of this site for those who tried it as posted. The ingredients are WRONG as shown here. I contacted the editors but I guess they couldn't change the recipe in their system. Here's the basic rule of thumb ... you always want to have twice as much coconut oil as you have agave nectar. Otherwise it *will* burn. Those reviews are right if they followed the recipe as posted here. Other oils could be used, but coconut has a very high smoke point and is a very stable oil so it's definitely the best choice for oils.

50 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 21, 2009
Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
Heavenly made healthier: substitute coconut oil (a much better fat than you think ... suffers from bad PR) for the veg oil, using 1:1 ratio. Substitute Agave Nectar for sugar using 1/2:1 ratio (Agave has a GI of less than an apple and you only need to use half the amount to get the same sweet goodness). I added an extra egg white to lighten it up a bit. I added raisins and chopped walnuts. I also added a tsp of vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon of anise extract. And I'm certain I added more of each of the spices ... just because. Then I drizzled a warmed mix of coconut oil, fresh lemon juice and agave nectar over the whole thing. Agave and coconut oil (which is solid at room temp) are easier to find these days and worth looking for. I served this for the first time at Thanksgiving dinner with new friends ... now they're old friends :-)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2008
Yuca French Fries
Its very impoartant to note there are many varieties of yuca root. The varieties breakdown into two main categories: bitter and sweet. I've only tried this recipe with the sweet variety. I've never seen bitter in the market, but if its not labeled, I ask the produce staff to make sure its sweet. Also, the skin contains a mild poison, so these fries should not be prepared with the skin. I made these fries with garlic -- added slices of garlic to the boiling water and lots of minced garlic was tossed in with the fries, yum! Also, I seasoned the fries with chipolte pepper and coarse sea salt. This is now my new recipe for garlic fries. Its a great replacement for starchy potatoes.

36 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 7, 2008
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