JOSHUADANCER Profile - (18048185)

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Home Town: Homestead, Florida, USA
Living In: Gainesville, Florida, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I have been cooking since I was a teenager, where I took over fulltime cooking duties at about 13 or so. My wife is not big on cooking, (they call her the Ramon noodle queen) so I get lots of practice. We have a brand new baby at home, so that makes it a bit hard to find time to cook, but I love it, and I am really starting to get geared up on expanding my cooking horizons. I learned from my Mom, and she was a good cook, but she only made about 3 or 4 things...over and over again. So I only learned how to make 3 or 4 things...but hey, she made them well! I guess a big part of my motivation is that I want my kids to have fond memories of great home cooking!
My favorite things to cook
I love our families chili, and I make some mean spaghetti, but my obsession right now is cooking with wine. I make wine as a hobby, so I am really trying to learn how to properly use wine in everyday cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Truth be told, a big part of why my Mom only made 3 or 4 dishes is brother a me were picky eaters! So here's hoping that picky eating it is NOT a family tradition that MY kids will continue!!
My cooking triumphs
This is a matter of (tounge-in-cheek) contention between my mother and I, but I believe I improved the chili recipe that I grew up on. When I have some of my Moms "original recipe" chili, it just tastes bland to me.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt to cook with wine consisted of my dumping a bottle of sherry on top of fried chicken and simmering it for an hour or so to reduce the wine. Needless to say this is where I learned that a little restraint needs to be used when adding wine to the chicken just came out tasting like gooey grape jam chicken :>/
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Boilermaker Tailgate Chili
I have to say, I was a bit concerned about the smell of the italian sausage cooking. It just didn't smell like Chili! But this is some darn good stuff. Highly Recommened!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 6, 2010
Tater Tot Casserole I
I made this with 4 eggs and 3 cups of cheese (all I had) per other suggestions. My wife and I both liked it, but it was a tad greasy. In the future I will use the reduced fat cheese to reduce the greasyness as well as drain the sausage thouroughly under some hot water. But over all pretty good!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 6, 2006
Different Chicken Cordon Bleu
Very tasty! I have made a very simular recipe many times, minus the ham and sour cream, so I knew it would be good, but this exceded my expectations. I do believe I will add some butter/wine mixture to the top as I would rather have the topping moist than crunchy. I found previous reviewers comments about the strong wine flavor odd, as I could barely detect the flavor of the wine in the dish. Could it be possible they were using cooking wine or a bottle that had been open for a while? Cooking wine is nasty and should pretty much never be used, while wine that has been open more than a few days (even in the refrigerator) will start turning to vinegar, which would give a sour taste. Just a thought! I used fresh a bottle of cheepo chardonnay and it was barely there. Next time I think I will try some cheepo Riesling.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 25, 2006
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