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Member Since: Aug. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Healthy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Walking, Music
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About this Cook
I love cooking, but because of my schedule (two jobs, 60 hrs a week) and my budget, I usually end up batch cooking once a week. Since I will eat the same thing for dinner all week, I have to make food that will last and taste delicious even after a few days in the fridge. Everything I cook is healthy and as "whole" as possible, very few processed things in my pantry/closet that doubles as my pantry. I also love all kinds of food, and am as happy eating a turkey sandwich as I am with lamb vindaloo.
My favorite things to cook
I love healthy food in general. I don't follow any particular diet (although occasional meals are strictly vegetarian, vegan, paleo, etc.) but just try to get a good serving of fruits, veggies, healthy fats, and whole grains in most of my meals. I'm not much of a baker -- a whole cake is not what a single apartment dweller needs laying around!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family isn't really into cooking, but there are a couple of favorites that always remind me of home. My grandma's chicken soup, my mom's grilled cheese, and anything THANKSGIVING!
My cooking triumphs
Whenever a coworker looks up from their lunchable, cheetos, and soda, and stares at my homemade, healthy, and cheap lunches, I feel awesome.
My cooking tragedies
Hmm, I made a pretty terrible batch of ginger cookies once, but even half of those ended up eaten. I don't have much of a discriminating palate. I likez the foodz. All kinds.
Recipe Reviews 27 reviews
Black Beans and Pork Chops
This was great! I can't believe how easy it was to make something so yummy! I threw everything in the crockpot without browning the meat first, and I still think it was delicious, and saved me some time.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 1, 2012
This is great for what it is -- a basic spiced stew. I had a hard time getting my peas to cook completely (maybe old?), so I ended up with more of a lentil soup consistency than a paste-like stew which is what I had wanted. However, the flavors were great, this recipe is delicious, healthy and cheap, and I will try again with better peas!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2012
This was great! I used chicken sausage instead of chicken and andouille sausage, and also added shrimp. Omitted salt, and instead of file powder I used about 1 c. of cut okra to thicken the stew. I also used brown rice. This was a flavorful recipe, and ,ade a very good jumbalaya. It's easy to play around from here (like with your own spices, okra vs. no okra, etc), and I liked being able to customize my proteins and rice -- if you use brown rice, go for short grain, and make sure to account for the longer cooking time!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2012

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