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Home Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Living In: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2000
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I have been living on my own and cooking for myself for more than 10 years. Since I got married several years ago, I have had to adapt quite a bit to my husband's tastes. While I love vegetarian food and lots of vegetables, my husband is a very meat and potatoes man. He is also allergic to onions, which requires a lot of creative cooking adaptations. Many of the recipes I select for the both of us to eat are hearty and often involve chicken, since it fits our budget. From time to time, I do splurge and make something exotic just for myself, most recently a fabulous organic Huevos Rancheros from a recipe in Cuisine at Home Magazine (my favorite.)
My favorite things to cook
I absolutely adore dips, and seek out dip recipes as much as possible. I make a Party Dip with green peppers and chipped beef, a roasted red pepper dip, hummus many ways, and many more. I have an attachment for my stand mixer that allows me to make fresh pasta, which is fun and tastes good with everything from butter to creamy pesto sauce. I especially like to cook with ingredients from my own garden or the farmers market that are organic and very fresh. Frankly, if it was up to me, I would never cook with meat, since I dont like handling it. But I do make chicken frequently for my husband.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have wonderful recipes from throughout the family. From my stepmother, spoon bread, Chicken Tarragon and Lemon Meringue Pie and my favorites. From my Colombian mother, Arrepas and Platanos are easy and delicious.
My cooking triumphs
I used to be a member of an informal gourmet cooking club where we would take turns monthly preparing an entire meal for the rest of the group. On my appointed day, I made an entire Greek meal for 8 from scratch, including orzo lemon soup, moussaka, salad and everything else. This is the largest meal I have ever cooked, and right in my own tiny kitchen!
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make an Indian curry from scratch once using a recipe from Mollie Katzen. It was just complicated far beyond what I could handle, and the pepper got into my lungs and eyes. I will leave complicated Indian cooking up to the experts.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Cuban Ropa Vieja
This was delicious and incredibly easy to prepare. I omitted the green pepper (these don't hold up well to long periods in a slow cooker anyway) and added capers and cilantro at the end when I shredded the beef (about 1 hour before serving). The flavor was great and my husband really enjoyed it. I also served it over white rice with cuban style black beans. This recipe will definitely be made again in our home.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2006
Frijoles a la Charra
These were deliciously spicy and easy to make. The only omission I made was the beer, since I didn't have any on hand. Also, I halved the recipe, used one can of pinto beans one bacon slice and a handful of real bacon crumbles.These have a definite Tex Mex flavor that makes a delicious side or simple main dish!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 8, 2006
Chicken Enchiladas V
This turned out wonderfully with just a few changes. First, I omitted the onions. Second, there was too much of the white sauce. I only used about half of it along with part of a bottle of Trader Joe’s Mexican sauce (any good red enchilada sauce would work too.) I made a half and half mix of red and white sauces, layered the enchiladas on top, then topped with red sauce and lots of cheese. The result was delicious! This is a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken. They also reheat beautifully.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 2, 2006

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