Vegiboyz Profile - (16984031)

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Home Town: Back East In, Maryland, USA
Living In: Oceanside, California, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I've been cooking since I was 11. Helping my mom in the kitchen, she taught me her style of Southern cooking. Of course there were many family staples, not necessarily Southern, like chili and meatloaf. But I really learned at her elbow, paid attention, then turned her recipes into my own. I've been completely vegetarian for 11 years now, and I'm diabetic. So the challenge is to cook with that in mind.
My favorite things to cook
I love the old standby's: Chili, Spanish Rice, Meat Loaf, Bisquits and Gravy. I think I may be related to Paula Deen because I love butter and love to deep fry.. I recently got interested in Indian Cuisine. I visit Manjula's Kitchen website often. And I love Bal Arneson at Food Network. I also like to cook Italian, Mexican and of course, Southern! Pass those blackeyed peas and greens! And I really do love Tofu. No, really!
My favorite family cooking traditions
At our house, my partner makes a "Smoked Turkey Bake" for the holidays. We usually have it both Thanksgiving and Christmas. When we have both been working long hours, we go for comfort food: either Mac and Cheese or Bisquits and Gravy. We're both voracious when it comes to learning new recipes and new techniques. A ton of good cookbooks and a subscription to Vegetarian Times really helps!
My cooking triumphs
Probably the very best thing I make is my Lasagne. I now make it vegetarian of course. But when I'm done, the pan weighs about 10 pounds. Everyone loves it. With all the great meat replacements out there, you'd never know it's vegetarian. Also, my partner makes a great falafel taco filling. I make the shells the way my mom taught me-deep fried and crispy! We're often asked to make this for our friends birthday parties and such.
My cooking tragedies
Well I just hate it (don't you?) when think you've followed the recipe exactly only to have it turn out like pet food and not at all like the picture. I've tried some things in the past that were truly awful. But that's how we learn. I'm a "bit of this, dash of that" kind of cook and real recipes are hard for me. But I have learned to get my ingredients organized first so I'll notice if something is missing.
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Vegetarian Meatloaf with Vegetables
This is the greatest vegetarian meatloaf recipe ever! I have been looking for a long time for something with the taste and texture of real meatloaf. Usually there is too much breadcrumbs or oatmeal, or the texture just doesn't work. I'm a diabetic vegetarian, so the amount of carbs in a dish is important. I made this last night and it was WONDERFUL. I used ketchup on the top like my mom did and I made it in a 5x9 loaf pan. We served it with mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus. YUMmee! I cannot wait to have a meatloaf sandwich for lunch today.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 6, 2010

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