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Veronica S

Veronica S
Home Town: Sebastopol, California, USA
Living In: Santa Rosa, California, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2004
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Dessert, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I am a 24 year old Pisces and married to a wonderful man named Chad (who also happens to be a Chef), we met in Culinary School. I love Snowboarding, Karate, punk rock, reality T.V. (I know, shameful), Dr. Phil, painting, ANIMALS, kids, wine and anything my grandma cooks. My favorite thing is to go out to my dads veggie garden at sunset and "pick" my dinner from the earth, and create a spontaneous, fresh, organic meal....what could be better?
My favorite things to cook
I love baking, but I also LOVE cooking real authentic Asian cuisine, the real stuff, no bright red sweet sour sauce here! Homemade Dim Sum is my favorite, it is a passion for me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is very ethnically diverse in that all my aunts, uncles, grandma and mother grew up in Macau (a small, European settlement boardering South China, once a portuguse fishing town, now part of China) and Hong Kong, (although we are of Portuguese heritage)so not only did I grow up eating foods heavily influenced by Chinese traditions, but also Macanese food and Portuguse food. For example, we'd have Jook (a Chinese rice Porridge) after midnight mass on Christmas Eve, then Empada (a Portuguese fish pie) on Christmas Morning, these are just some of the unique traditions I grew up with. I love my families unique and diverse heritage and cooking traditions and feel very fortunate to have grown up with such rich culture and traditions.
My cooking triumphs
I won first prize in a blind chili contest! But of course, I made the chili on a whim and didn't write down the recipe because I didn't think I'd win anyway, just my luck. I do, however, remember pouring in a whole bottle of Coca-Cola AND a whole bottle of beer!!!
My cooking tragedies
I once tried to convert a recipe for muffins into a loaf bread,...I thought "Just pour the batter into a loaf pan, turn down the heat and cook it longer, right?" Wrong, wrong. Disaster, a horrible, unimaginalble, messy, gooey disaster.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Ultimate Irresistible Granola

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 14, 2005
Super Duper Zucchini Muffins
These muffins are good IF you do the following (in my humble opinion!)Double the salt and mix it with the shredded zucchini and let it drain in a colander while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Then, squeeze the zucchini out in a dry kitchen towel, ringing out as much water out as possible. Double the spices, and a 1/2 tsp of each spice to the brown sugar for the topping. Don't worry, this batter is THICK, like a biscuit almost, but it turns out great, worth a try.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 30, 2005
The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
These cookies are great, as they are not too sweet and they roll out perfecty. Make sure not to overcook them though, as they are best when still a little bit soft. I am the Executive Chef of an Inn in California and am constantly giving this recipe out!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 6, 2004
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