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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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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 88 reviews
Sweet Asian Short Ribs
I made this exactly as written with loquats. It was very good and reminded me of a Hawaiian dish. I would recommend adding a tablespoon of cornstarch as the recipe submitter suggested if you want a ticker sauce. My husband loved this and super easy to make.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 4, 2015
Hummus III
I've tried this recipe a couple of times and after following the recipe as written, I usually end up adding or increasing ingredients to perfect it. This is a good base however.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 17, 2015
Lamb Shawarma
Good start but felt it was too much meat for all the spices. I love spices, the more the better, but this didn't knock my socks off. Plus, we had leftovers for about a week.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 17, 2015
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