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big surprise

big surprise
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Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2003
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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Mmmm, crab!
Oyster(s) Anyone?
About this Cook
My mother was the best cook that anyone who ever knew her ever knew...does that make sense? My grandma, as well, though she felt the same about my mom. I always thought cooking skill was genetic until my grandma told me I'd never know how to cook a thing since I'm always running out the door when something is going on in the kitchen. And then I went to culinary school and really paid for not paying attention sooner! I believe that food is meant to be shared and is a means of nurturing and communication.
My favorite things to cook
Stews, bolognese (drizzled with white truffle oil at service), and risotto.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Goofy, simple things, like "Christmas Eve Salad" which, to hear the ingredients most would run the other way (on website). Oyster stew on Christmas Eve, and Eggs Benedict on Christmas Day, which eventually turned into French Toast and sausage (not a fan) since we were too tipsy on bloody mary's and champagne to appreciate the urgent nature of hollandaise. She gave up, bless her heart. She always liked Thanksgiving better anyway.
My cooking triumphs
Owning my own business where I singlehandedly served more people daily than I could have ever thought possible. Culinary Arts graduate. One to look forward to would be Granny's fruit cake.
My cooking tragedies
Rice, always rice...unless it's Basmati.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Zucchini Wrapped in Tortillas
These were absolutely delicious. I was curious to find out how ginger was going to taste with the varied list of other spices, but the whole combination was delicious and actually left me craving it for dinner. Substituted plain yogurt for the sour cream which was the perfect accompaniment.

18 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 21, 2004
Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast
It's good and all, but it's still made from canned soup when you get right down to it. I used one can each of cream of mushroom with garlic and golden mushroom, along with the dry onion soup mix. Admittedly super easy, and definitely tasty, but I think the five stars comes from convenience. I think the onion mix may have given it somewhat of a "processed" or "funky" flavor. Seems like you could easily add some real ingredients to make it even better.

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2003
Summer Pineapple Fluff
As a chef, I don't know if I should admit to thoroughly enjoying this recipe. It tastes nothing like it sounds, meaning it is fabulous. Seriously, give this a try - the whole bowl was gone - enjoyed by even the skeptics. Love it!

16 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 14, 2003
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