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Home Town: Mendon, Michigan, USA
Living In: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My mom didn't like me in the kitchen when I was little because her kitchen was sooo small. Consequently, I've had to learn a lot on my own. Watching the Food Network has taught me a lot. I married a Lebanese man and have begun to tackle Lebanese dishes with a vengence. Happy to say that I'm doing quite well!
My favorite things to cook
Anything Lebanese. It's even better if it makes my husband tell me that this is just like his mothers...
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom hated/hates to cook. She will take every cooking shortcut known and unknown to man. Therefore I don't really have any great cooking traditions. When it comes to the basics (how to do a turkey, how to make sour milk), my mom is a fount of info. My husband and I have started a tradition of roasting a duck every Christmas, which I look forward to carrying on yearly.
My cooking triumphs
I can now make better hummus than my mother in law... Enough said.
My cooking tragedies
Thank God, not a lot to report here except for the fact that I tend to over steam veggies on a chronic basis.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Pork and Shrimp Pancit
Definitely use oyster sauce. I had fish sauce on hand and used that instead, being clueless about the differences. It was still good, very good in fact, but it really needed the umami that the oyster sauce would have provided...

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 17, 2010
Pears Panos
I pretty much followed this recipe to the T and it turned our great! Wonderful smell wafting through the house. I quartered my pears as I think it is easier to core them that way. I did add a cinnamon stick at the very beginning and I thought it added nicely. I would suppose one could add a few whole cloves for a different flavor too. Would be great served over vanilla ice cream! Definitely a recipe to keep!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 11, 2009
Bob's Blue Cheese Dressing
This recipe is absolutely AMAZING! A bit thick, but just a dab will do you! It's true, even those who don't like Blue cheese dressing will rave about this! I have made this time and time again, just as directed with no modifications and it's almost sinfully delicious. Ignore Bill and try Bob! :-) Look no further for the perfect dressing!

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 17, 2004
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