CHRISSYBERRY Profile - (18067400)

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Home Town: Niagara Falls, New York, USA
Living In: Aurora, Colorado, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I have a Ph.D. in pharmacology, which actually comes in pretty handy when I cook (every good scientist has to know how to follow a recipe!). I also enjoy drawing and creating digital art, so cooking definitely appeals to my creative side.
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE to bake, and I have a notorious sweet tooth, so cookies, pies and cakes are at the top of the list. My husband is Chinese, so I'm learning more about cooking in an authentic Chinese style. He's a wonderful cook, and one of my cooking role models. :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm 50% Polish and therefore love traditional Polish foods, including pierogies, golabki, kapusta and placek. Polish Christmas eve dinner (Wigilia) is one tradition that I especially enjoy. There is probably no better cook on the planet than my 88 year old Polish grandmother (Baba)!
My cooking triumphs
I managed to replicate a pineapple chiffon cake that my husband's grandmother used to bake for family birthdays. I'm pretty pround of that one. :)
My cooking tragedies
Early on in my baking career, I made the mistake of adding water that was a just a smidgen too warm to yeast prior to baking rolls. I ended up making rolls that were more akin to baseballs. Even the dog wouldn't touch them.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Grilled Asian Chicken
A great recipe because it was super easy AND super tasty. I only made some slight modifications: I used diced garlic and grated ginger and also forked the chicken several times to allow seepage of the tasty juices into the meat. I then baked the chicken (covered) for ~45 minutes at 350 degrees, then uncovered the chicken and baked it for 5 or 10 minutes more to let it brown up. Then, I diced it all up and used it in a bean thread-based chicken recipe. Super delish!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 31, 2010
Pumpkin Chili
SOOOOO DELICIOUS! I'm SO glad that I made this. I followed the suggestions of others, and did the following: Added 2 cans of black beans instead of kidney beans. Added a little more pumpkin than what was called for -- maybe (1) 15oz can and a half? Added about 5 sliced carrots. Added more spices overall, to taste, including more pumpkin pie spice, some cumin, some cayenne pepper, some more cinnamon, more chili powder, more ginger... Even then, the chili wasn't horribly spicy. I also didn't add the whole can of tomato juice - maybe just 3/4 of it. I wanted a nice, thick chili. The pumpkin makes this chili rock out!! And it's nearly impossible to screw up the recipe. Just dump stuff in a pot and let it simmer. Duh.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 30, 2008
Health Nut Blueberry Muffins
A very good muffin, made even better by the fact that it's also pretty darn healthy! Based on the earlier suggestions, I made my own modifications. I doubled the recipe and ended up making almost 30 muffins (they were a little on the small side). Since cranberries are currently in season, I substituted them for the blueberries. I omitted the oat bran and instead substituted approximately the same amount of all purpose flour. For the doubled recipe, I added 1/2 cup Splenda and 1 cup brown sugar. I also added 2 t cinnamon, 1 t nutmeg and 1 t allspice. They baked up moist, weren't too sweet, and were not as heavy as I expected, considering the amount of wheat flour. Truly a recipe that can be modified fairly extensively and STILL come out great! I'll definitely be making these again!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 5, 2007

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