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Valeria Beltran

Valeria Beltran
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Living In: Texas, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Simple White Cup Cakes With Hazelnut
Mexican Wedding Cookies
At the beach
We ate at Moby Dicks restaurant at the beach
About this Cook
Hello if you get excited when you go into the kitchen to make dinner or to cook anything as much as I do then lets help each other out with ideas and great recipies.I'm an artist who enjoys to cook.I'm not the best I know, in fact my loved one is a cook at a mediteranean restaurant and he is very good at what he does.So his experience gives me a healthy dose of competition and when I get the approval from him I know it's got to be good.Having his 'culinary' skills in the house gives me an advantage to learn stuff I never thought about.I'm a mother of two so if you got picky kids in your house and you found out great ways to sneak in those veggies in their diets I'd love to know what you know.I always believe that no one is too old to leran anything so I am always learning and excited to do more..
My favorite things to cook
I like to try to cook everything and anything that seems possible and not to complicated..I usually get my insights and creative ideas by checking out different ingrediants on the computer.What ever I feel like craving (spices, various ethnic ingrediants & dishes) I'll try almost anything that smells good and hygenic-ly appatising.We'll I guess I'd say that one of my favorite things to cook from scratch is my carne guisada;chilie reyenos(stuffed poblanos with cheese topped with red mexican chilie);grilled burgers with poblano, green bell pepper & garlic; and Texas style ranchero beans; and chilie sauses.I'd love to try to make Iranian dishes and one in particular is called Khoresht Ghormeh Sabzi or more Japanese sauses for sushi and dinners.I love sea food especially the famous mahi mahi fish or salmon with different marinades and spice combinations.I like food so much it's hard to say what's my favorite thing to cook but my most common thing is enchilladas with my own sauses because
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well my family tradition (which is passed on from my great grandmother,grand mother ,aunts and my mom) always make homemade flour tortillas, it is a neccessity in each of their everyday lives. I can make them but not as fast.My family can make anything that involves 'mexican style' food.Each person that I know in my family has their own special dish that their known for.Like my aunt Edna can make some good menudo. My aunt Laura can make great tortilla soup,my aunt Clair can make terrific chicken and rice, and my mom can make chicken caldo the best.When I think of my grandmother Lupe, I think of her spanish rice or her pot roast with spinich..umm and dont get me starthed on the desserts..holidays is my best excuse for a great family gatering of those awsome talents I can only be greatfull that my loved ones are so involved into cooking as I am...
My cooking triumphs
I learned how to make tortillas from trial and error.It was so hard to learn fom my family because none of them use precise measurements like a teaspoon of something or a cup of this..They used their hands like a pinch of this and a palm of that.I got so confused that I learned from trial and error.I leared how to make a chocolate cake from scratch as well as brownies and I finally learned how to cut chilie reyenos the right way in order to stuff them without the ingrediants coming out when I fry them.The work involved in making them is very dangerious because the chillies can really pop like crazy in the oil and it takes a lot of steps but Im glad I can cook them without any help now.If only they could appear as fast as we eat it in my house. :)But Im pretty proud of not giving up and now I can say I can make them.Yeah.
My cooking tragedies
On year on Christmas day I attempted to make eddible gifts in stacked holiday cans with cute ribbons.The thing is that it was the first and only time I will ever make fudge candies and dark chocolate morsels. I forgot to add sugar in both of them and they tasted so bitter. I didnt even try them when they were finished.I was in such a hurry to make it there on time that I didnt even taste them before I gave them away.. to everyone that was there even my fiance's family.So from that day on I will never give anything away untill I taste it well it was the thought that counted right but the good thing is that I can laugh about it to now.
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Italian Wedding Cookies III
I love these cookies! This recipe called for too much flour and salt so I used another recipe from this site. Thank you for sharing such an easy recipe to modify. Happy Holidays.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2013

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