Denise Profile - (168798)

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Living In: Los Angeles, California, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2000
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I began cooking when I noticed my boyfriend ate , processed food all the time. A typical meal was Mama Celeste and a coke. All I really could do at the time is heat up premade dishes from Trader Joe's. So I made a deal, if he split the cost of food, I would make the meals. So night after night, recipe after recipe I began to learn the basics. There were many not so great meals (some which we both refused to eat and ordered take out instead) but little by little I found a new passion. Years later, we are no longer together, but I learned something new about myself and am proud how far I've come and keep going with my cooking. Now my recipe box at home is full, many with notes I've written as I learn to tweak my meals. It's so much fun!
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE to bake! Muffins, cookies, cakes what have you! Christmas is my favorite because I make several types of cookies and give out plates instead of gifts. As far as cooking, I love cooking a little bit of everything. When I get hooked on something I usually make it regularly for a while before I move on to something else. Right now it's a great Mahi Mahi dish and also a mediterranean ground turkey dish I serve in pita bread. I've finally gotten to a point where I don't always have to rely on my recipes and can just throw dishes together!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Italian grandmother makes the best food! If I get to be as good cook as she, I will be forever grateful.
My cooking tragedies
I once made chicken schnitzel with chicken tenders and burned it. I got so frustrated that I had to start over, I immediately turned on the water and garbage disposal and put 9 pieces of tenders in the sink because I didn't want the trash to stink. It took me the entire weekend with cut up hands, taking apart the plumbing, several trips to home depot and finally my boyfriend and I unclogged the sink after using a supercharged plunger thing that uses CO2 cartridges. Needless to say, I don't put things down the disposal anymore!
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Really the BEST! I like using a mix of milk and dark chocolate chips...Ghiradelli chips for special occasions. They don't last long!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 29, 2009
Banana Banana Bread
My favorite banana bread! I like to puree the bananas in a blender (I add a little rice milk if it the bananas don't puree easily) and I add finely chopped walnuts and mix it in with the bananas. Then I'll add this when the recipe calls for the bananas. Occasionally I'll make it with 1/2 white 1/2 wheat flour and add blueberries and 1 tsp of vanilla. No matter how I make it everyone goes crazy for it. Everytime I see one of my girlfriends she's always looking to see if I've brought her banana bread :)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 29, 2009
Grilled Mahi Mahi
This was fantastic! I made this for 2 servings instead of 12 and I added garlic salt and used mozzarella cheese since I had it on hand. I baked it in a covered glass dish. Will definitely be making this again!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 29, 2009
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