BILNSAM Profile - (1627252)

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Home Town: San Diego, California, USA
Living In: Port Angeles, Washington, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2002
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Quilting, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
My husband and I moved to Port Angeles, Wa three years ago from Flagstaff, Az. We are on the search for the ideal place to live and are still deciding if this is it. We would like to sell everything and travel but until we figure out how to do that with three big dogs, we are staying here.
My favorite things to cook
I always love to bake but I really enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and trying to recreate dishes that we have had in restaurants.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is from England.We always have mincemeat pies and bakewell tarts. It just wouldn't be Christmas without them.
My cooking triumphs
I applied for a baking job at a very upscale retirement community that was just being built. I did not have any experience baking professionally so my chances for landing the job were slim. To my surprise, they hired me. My first assignment was to make a dessert plate of three small desserts for the grand opening dinner for 1000. Some how I managed to pull it off with the only problem being that I came up a few plates short.
My cooking tragedies
One day I decided to make dog treats from a recipe that contained liver and mackerel. On the same day, my brother-in-law was bringing his new girlfriend over to our house to meet us for the first time. They had a long 7 hour drive from where they lived. Along the way, he was telling her what a great cook I was etc. When she walked in the front door, the smell of the dog biscuits baking made her immediately start retching. They may not of smelled good to us, but my dogs couldn't get enough of them.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Thai Pumpkin Soup
Made this soup just as recipe stated. Not so good. After some doctoring it was better. Added a t. or so of red curry paste, fresh grated ginger, some lime juice and chopped basil. Only pureed half the soup so it had more texture

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 2, 2009
Coconut Shrimp I
This is the new favorite at our house. Made them for Mother's Day. My mom always orders them at restaurants and complains that there is never enough. Made enough that she couldn't finish them all. Great recipe ! Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. Served with marmalade,hr and mustard sauce. My mom has made a standing request to serve this at all special events until further notice.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 15, 2006
Guinness(R) Corned Beef
Lots of shifty eyes at my table, all wanting that last piece of corned beef. Without a doubt the best way to cook corned beef. Used a point cut, 4 1/2 pound piece of meat, cooked in a covered roasting pan for about 4 1/2 hours at 300 (1 bottle of Guinness and 1 cup brown sugar). It was the best ever.The meat was so tender, it was falling apart when I took it out of the oven. My mom and brother called me the next day to tell me again how good it was. This is the way to cook corned beef.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 21, 2006

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