CHRISCOOKING Profile - (1546765)

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Living In: Anaheim, California, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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Cinnamon Rolls
Glazed Apple Cookies
About this Cook
I started cooking when I was pretty young. My parents divorced and my mother worked a lot. I have two older brothers and so it was often up to me to cook for us. I learned early on the joy of cooking for someone that enjoyed eating what I prepared. That feeling has never left me. I love to feed people. I am in no way a great cook, but because I enjoy it, I think I do OK!
My favorite things to cook
My cooking moods change often... but I think the things I seem to gravitate to are Soups, Deserts and Appetizers. Soups to me are pure comfort! I am not a fan of cold soups, but I LOVE almost any hot soup! Deserts... YUM! Who doesn't like desert??? And to me there is nothing like getting together with friends and family and having some drinks and a fun spread of appetizers. Drinks and finger food just go together! I also enjoy ethnic foods. I love trying and cooking ethnic food, but I find I am doing more trying than cooking. I need to work on that....
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mine are more memories than traditions... but, Like many, my grandmother was the best cook I have ever known. She could make you a sandwich and it would be the BEST sandwich you ever had. She had that gift! I can remember being in ther kitchen and making homemade tortillas, albondigas and beans. Delicous! She also made the best potato salad and baked ham I have ever had. Yes, very everyday food, but better tasting than any other. My grandma 94 when she passed in Nov. 07, but I have some of her recipes and when I prepare one of her dishes, it takes me back to sitting at her table and savoring every bite at a very young age. The funny thing is, even though I follow her recipes, they never taste quite as good as hers. That is what I mean about her having the gift! She was an excellent cook!
My cooking triumphs
Mastering homemade-from-scratch Banana Pudding. My husbands favorite desert! His mother has been making it 'perfect' for years. When I started making it, it took a few times before it was as good as moms! Also, Napoleon... I had a dear Armenian friend that made the most amazing Napolean! She said the trick is to keep your puff pastry as cold as possible (she used a slab of marble to roll her dough out on) and to make it as close to serving time as possible. The fresher it is the better. If you get a FRESH piece of Napolean, the layers of puff pastry are still a little cripsy and the custard is just right... Heaven!!! It's a bit of work but so worth the results. Next up... Sushi. I would love to learn to make good sushi. But where to find the freshest fish?
My cooking tragedies
Nothing major comes to mind, but I do remember the first time I cooked Prime Rib... I used a recipe that called for you to pack the Prime Rib in rock salt. After cooking, the rock salt forms a crust that you break off in chunks. Well, I thought I got all the rock salt off... Let me tell you there is nothing worse chewing a delicious piece of Prim Rib (because the flavor was wonderful) and biting into a piece of rock salt! Hello!! Luckily, I was serving it to my family, and since it was so good, we ate it. We just made sure examined every bite before we put it into our mouths!
Recipe Reviews 82 reviews
The Best Spinach Salad
That salad itself was good, the dressing was not. I did not care of the taste of ketchup in the dressing. It ruined it for me. Will not make again.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 9, 2014
The Best Potato Salad
This was a hit at my BBQ! I 1 & 1/2 the recipe and didn't make any changes except to decrease the relish just a tiny bit (it would have been fine either way). Oh, I did peel my potatoes and cube them before boiling and then let them cool on the counter because I felt it saved time, and I was making they day before so I new it would get a good chill. I recommend making a day ahead if you can. As for the flavor. It was just right! Not too much mustard flavor, it was delish! I had about 15 people over and it was plenty @ 1.5 of the recipe but I had no leftovers. Everyone really enjoyed it! It's a keeper!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 17, 2014
Sesame Noodles
I love these noodles! They were easy and delicous! I did leave out most of the chili sauce because my husband doesn't do well with spice, but I think they would have been even better with the chili. Great side dish for any Asian dish. Thanks for a keeper!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 10, 2014

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