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Home Town: Evening Shade, Arkansas, USA
Living In: Portland, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Needlepoint, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm 30, from Arkansas, and moved to Portland in September 2010. I've been (about 98%) vegan since May 2010. I'm always looking for new recipes to try. My main hobbies are cooking, yoga, gaming, and working on my cookbook. I started my personal cookbook when I was about 11 and it has grown into a massive 3-ring binder since then (and a small one that I moved the meat recipes to). I'm trying to catalog everything into my recipe box on this site. I miraculously acquired a taste for beer, so I've been enjoying trying and learning about new local craft beers and checking out Oregon wineries. My newest challenge (that I haven't been able to work on much due to limited kitchen space in our apartment...grr...) is veganizing my huge collection of non-vegan recipes, and making it tasty. Veganizing isn't necessarily hard, but making it work well and taste good is quite a challenge.
My favorite things to cook
Mediterranean, Indian, Thai, Middle Eastern, comfort food, desserts, casseroles, breads, as much organic/healthy as possible. I love trying new recipes and I hate eating the same things over and over. I try to keep dinner interesting.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Trying to replicate or veganize anything my Mom makes. Mom cooks a lot of Mediterranean food and should probably run a restaurant. She's definitely where I get alot of my cooking influences and early cooking skills. The challenge is trying to lighten her recipes up but still make them taste like hers.
My cooking triumphs
Making a New Orleans bread pudding recipe, that I found on the internet, for my New Orleans family members on Thanksgiving. They said it was the best bread pudding they'd ever had (and they know their bread pudding)! I said, "If I can impress you guys, then I know I've done a great job."
My cooking tragedies
Spanikopita appetizers or just about anything having to do with phyllo dough are of the devil. I've never been so mad at a recipe...My ex had to help me finish making them because I was crying and just wanted to throw it all away. The corners ended up burning, too. I also made sushi for my ex's birthday one year. It took 5 hours. The rice took longer than anything. Not sure I'll ever make it again...I'd rather leave it to the professionals and just go buy it.
Recipe Reviews 171 reviews
Teriyaki Sauce
This is straight-forward, yummy, and easily customizable. I added a teaspoon of minced ginger. You could also add garlic powder or sesame seeds for extra flavor.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 20, 2013
Chili Potato Burritos
Would be much better with cubed roasted potatoes. Add black beans and corn to potato mixture.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 3, 2013
Light Oat Bread
New favorite sandwich bread! I added a handful of hemp seeds for extra protein. I love the light texture and softness. Excellent recipe. :)

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Reviewed On: Sep. 29, 2013
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