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Home Town: Sebastopol, California, USA
Living In: Petaluma, California, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Florida Vacation
About this Cook
My husband and I live in Petaluma located in Sonoma County. Petaluma is known for eggs, agriculture, and American Graffiti. It's maintained that old town feel and the people are extremely friendly. We moved here a little over three years ago and are amazed an how much this town has to offer. While we live in the heart of wine country, we liken ourselves to beer-aficionados and are fortunate to have several distinguished breweries located near us including Lagunitas, Iron Springs Brewery, Russian River Brewery, Pyramid, Moylands, Hopmonk, and Bear Republic to name a few. I work in San Francisco for a trial consulting firm and my husband is a bartender at Iron Springs Brewery located in Fairfax.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy making casseroles, soups, seafood dishes, and ethnic foods with lots of spices. We like to go out in the Pacific to fish for salmon, rockfish, tuna, and my favorite, dungeoness crab. I enjoy sharing my cooking with family and friends, thus I tend to make larger scale dishes. I've also noticed as I get older, my tasting palate desires more flavors. I like to have leftovers for the work week so in general we enjoy dishes where the flavor improves over a couple of days.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking with my mom over the Christmas holiday gives me the greatest pleasure. We share baked breads, muffins, cookies, and jams we've made over the summer with family and friends.
My cooking triumphs
I think my greatest accomplishments in the kitchen are making complex dishes that combine several ingredients - spices in particular. I like the dishes that take all day to prepare. That being said, I make a mean paella and gumbo.
My cooking tragedies
Nothing comes to mind at the moment.
Recipe Reviews 67 reviews
Pan Fried Whole Trout
Because other reviewers commented about the trout burning and the oil smoking, I fried the trout at a medium/low heat with olive oil and it took about 15-20 minutes. The fish did not burn at all nor did it smoke up the house. The recipe itself was good. I'd make again if my husband asked for it but I'd like a bit more flavor. Maybe garlic or something?

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Reviewed On: Jun. 2, 2014
Roasted Cauliflower and Leek Soup
Exquisite recipe! I made exactly as written except for the roasting part – I broiled it for 10-15 mins after I tried baking the cauliflower at 275 for 30 mins per the recipe instructions. I agree with the other posters that it must be a typo. I also decided to puree 3 cups per another users suggestion. The taste is phenomenal. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe chefsquig! It’s a keeper.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 3, 2014
Awesome Roast Beef
Super easy and very tasty. Added 8 carrots and 4 potatoes as suggested in the introduction. Keeper

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 21, 2013
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