callistobug Profile - (16080743)

cook's profile


Home Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Living In: Verona, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
  • Title
  • Type
  • Overall Rating
  • Member Rating
About this Cook
I started out as a bad cook at a kid. I would get in trouble when I would get into my mother's spices and mix a whole bunch of them when I was pretending to make some fancy concoctions. Over time I tried and tried again to be a better cook. I used to have the biggest trouble with cooking noodles and making chocolate chip cookies. I have since mastered those. When you have trouble making something right, you keep making it until you get it right. I love to cook and bake as neither way of cooking scares me.
My favorite things to cook
There is nothing like grilling a nice piece of steak! I also love cooking shrimp. I make a mean banana bread.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter are the most fun times to cook for. My strongest area is to cook for Thanksgiving. For Thanksgiving I like to make the turkey with fruits and vegetables inside, stuffing separate, scalloped corn, fancy mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole and cranberry relish. We usually cook green beans for our "green" too.
My cooking triumphs
My turkey tacos are amazing! I make my own tortillas using a recipe on here. I got the taco seasoning recipe off of someone here as well.
My cooking tragedies
Bagels are my biggest problem. The recipe I followed tasted bad and I just couldn't make them stay in a ring shape. I constantly improvise in the kitchen. I have messed up some recipes but I taste and figure out what to do next. I once had a fire in the kitchen while trying to boil water for ramen. I was a college student then and we had a shared kitchen. The stove started on fire because the person before me made fried chicken and didn't clean the grease off the burner. I didn't know there was grease there as it was very hard to tell.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Costas French Market Doughnuts (Beignets)
These beignets were good but a bit on the bland side. I added some cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to heighten the flavors. It really needs something added. The spices helped and I think I may make some kind of chocolate sauce or strawberry sauce for these to dip in. The work that goes into these is a little much for someone who wants to find easy and fast recipes. Luckily I have good time on my hands and understand some things are well worth the wait. I had problems adding in the last bit of flour and it just wouldn't mix. I added water to help and made a stiff dough. If I make these again, I would add some spices right into the dough. Update: I made a chocolate sauce to put on these and they were a lot better!!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 21, 2012
Shrimp Quinoa
It just wasn't good. Too many flavors contradicting eachother.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 15, 2011
Robbi's M&M's(R) Cookies
I don't know... some wanted flavors are a little lacking when following recipe exactly. Maybe I'd try using butter instead of shortening next time. This recipe is good but I think it could be better.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 30, 2011
Published Recipes

In Season

Not The Same Old Chicken
Not The Same Old Chicken

We have so many top-rated chicken recipes, you'll never run out of dinner ideas again.

Slow Cooker Time Savers
Slow Cooker Time Savers

Imagine dinner making itself in the slow cooker while you relax or do other things.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States