TJMcooks Profile - (1686104)

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Living In: San Diego, California, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2001
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Low Carb, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I come from a large family of all boys-six brothers and no sisters. My mom died while I was young so between these things and the fact I have loved cooking since I was 4 Years old I was given the opportunity to have my own kitchen since I was 13 years old. I've pretty much cooked 3 meals a day since then--giving me the opportunity to try and develop many recipes.
My favorite things to cook
Main dishes...Holiday Foods...Ethnic and Historical Dishes...Food for Events...Potlucks
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love having the kids in my family over to make Popcorn Balls or a Taffy Pull using my mother's old recipes circa WWII. Another is Green Dinner on St. Patricks Day including a green beverage. An "All hordevoure party" on New Year's Eve ending with champagne and Apple Cider toasts at midnight. Every course is served finger/appetizer style including dessert--chocolate and carmel fondues.
My cooking triumphs
I've won a few baking contests which I'd like to try doing more often now that I have more time. My biggest triumphs are those when I make a mistake and it ends up better than the original. Like my casserole we named "Doodle" when I inadvertently confused two different casseroles making a mixed up combo of both. Everyone loved it and it's been a family favorite for 6 years now.
My cooking tragedies
When I was on a teriakyi kick and tried to invent teriakyi grilled fish. It was soo bad no one ate it. Homemade Buttermilk Cornbread using a different recipe than usual. It came out a cross between a stale bisquit and corn tortilla. We were all glad I'd made a double batch of chili that night. A homemade version of "Hot Pockets" for the toaster--bad idea--the cheese began to leak out (filling the toaster with slime) and nearly causing a kitchen fire.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Different Chicken Divan
This recipe was excellent! My family has always enjoyed this dish but your additions of garlic, cayenne and onions really made a big difference. In the past I'd used breadcrumbs on the cheese as a topping which are good--this is better. I generally don't like cayenne pepper but have to admit it made a big difference in the taste. NOTE: The amount of curry powder to add depends on the brand start with 1 1/2 teas and go up to as much as 2 Tablespoons depending on taste. I was shocked when I switched brands and found I needed to cut the curry amount down to a fourth.

49 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 27, 2003
Caesar Salad Croutons
A little too greasy for us following the directions. I cut the oil/butter by half and tossed the croutons with the mixture with a light coating of season salt to make up for the taste difference. Instead of pan frying I baked them on a cookie sheet at 350 for about 15 minutes and thought they came out better the second time. Great for snacking and salads.

56 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 26, 2003
Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms
This was not a good recipe--unless you enjoy the rather'greasy'taste of cream cheese.My family and I prefer the cheesey and bread crumb based recipes.Perhaps it would be better with a protein like chicken or crab, I'm not willing to give it a try, I say try the recipe for Happy Hour Mushrooms instead!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 24, 2003

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