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Elena Jay

Elena Jay
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Living In: Chico, California, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2013
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
What a crazy, busy life so many of us lead. I'm a bit past middle-aged, yet, I am Mom to two kiddos, eldest is a senior in HS, youngest is a sixth grader. I am also a Foster Mom (when my energy level can handle it) to med frag infants. So, cooking is more an escape for me. Yes, my kids are my "guinea pigs" and on occasion I get "this is not your best," or, "I don't want to eat this!!" But, they are kids and have yet to develop more sophisticated "taste buds." As much as I love cooking, my baking skills need a LOT of improvement. Just recently I have become more interested in baking(perhaps my mother's spirit;who, by the way was an incredible baker & cook)and I have been working thru disappointing outcomes to try, try and yes, try again. Hopefully, one day I will be able to reach a level of success that is maybe second, heck, I'll settle for third -and, that would be waaay delicious- to my Mother's baking. In the meantime, I keep on keeping on!
My favorite things to cook
A variety...Asian fusion, Latin American, Italian, American regional, etc., etc. Everything "from scratch" and always organic or locally grown, produced items. Also, the only meat we eat is organic, free range chicken and turkey. Any meat inclusive recipes I use must be adaptable to turkey/chicken.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In recent years we haven't done this as much as we did a decade(or more) ago; putting together large Thanksgiving meals with many, many items...we start cooking two-three days in advance; wooo-hooo!! family togetherness at its best. Like I said, we simply can't do this as much anymore, but when we can, the results are always amazing.
My cooking triumphs
Preparing a buffet meal for approximately 100 people and being applauded at meals end.
My cooking tragedies
Mostly my baking efforts...and, there are too many to list ;-)!!
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