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puerca83


puerca83
 
Home Town: Stockton, California, USA
Living In: Costa Mesa, California, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I want to own a specialty mobile bakery someday! I love cooking and experimenting with new recipes so I'm always looking for good suggestions. I'm especially interested in learning how to cook on a budget, learn how to make healthy/successful substitutions for ingredients, or learn how to use ingredients in new and surprising ways. And, of course, how to master some really unique baking recipes!
My favorite things to cook
Mexican food, cakes, cupcakes, things with bacon, and chili in my slow cooker! I also enjoy creating "party food" for my friends for special holiday treats.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking with my mom and sister for Christmas...English toffee and mulligatawny soup were some of my favorite items.
My cooking triumphs
I make amazing guacamole and devilled eggs...I want to learn to make more complicated things that are big hits, too.
My cooking tragedies
I'm still struggling with making food that is consistently good. I tend to get too creative and sometimes I make things that were better left unmade!
Recipe Reviews 26 reviews
Cheesy Acorn Squash
I was thrilled when I first ran across this recipe because I've been trying to find a non-sweet recipe for using acorn squash (they're all for ones baked with brown sugar or maple syrup, ugh), but this one ended up being too sweet also. The filling was delicious as other users have noted and the cheese is a great idea to add interest and complexity of flavor, but frankly, I just think acorn squash is way too sweet to translate well with savory flavors like the cheese. I would definitely not make this again. The only way I think this might work out okay is if you took it a step further and used a different, more bland kind of squash or possibly if you added a spicy ground sausage to the cheese and celery mixture. Otherwise, the flavors are just too poor of a match.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 16, 2014
Bread Pudding II
GRRREAT recipe, and so, so easy! I love bread pudding, but rarely do I get a batch that isn't too dry...this one's methodology pretty much guarantees a nice, pudding-like result. Don't reduce the milk at all unless you like drier pudding--this doubled really easily and is easy to customize, too. Like other users have suggested, it tastes great with a specialty bread--I used a combo of King's Hawaiian soft dinner rolls and some leftover Pillsbury snowflake rolls. To go along with the sweet/Hawaiian flavors, I also added about a half cup of canned pineapple tidbits as well as the raisins. I didn't have whipping cream or a heavier cream like some users suggested, but I made the milk be half whole milk and then half evaporated milk to make it a bit creamier and sweeter. I made it in a covered casserole dish and it turned out amazing--couldn't stop eating it--definitely the best recipe I've ever tried!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 26, 2013
Seven Layer Taco Dip
This is a great, basic recipe and is perfect for parties! I made it for my family Christmas party and it got raves...it serves a lot of people, too! I think the only thing I would do differently next time is use a hot salsa or add some sliced jalapenos (because I would like it spicier), but it's nice you can customize to your guests' tastes. Definitely use a chunky salsa so that it holds up better and doesn't make the sour cream mixture runny. I also tried to layer the "sturdier" ingredients, i.e. peppers, lettuce, etc. against the sour cream mix and THEN put down the salsa so that it didn't get too messy. All in all, a keeper! Would be really pretty in a clear glass bowl, too, so you can see the layers.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 26, 2013
 
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