Nikki Profile - (18106514)

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Living In: Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA
Member Since: May 2005
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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Whole Wheat Biscuits
Sandcastle Cake Recipe from Family Fun Magazine
About this Cook
I'm a stay at home mom of one toddler. I love to cook, however my cooking has gotten much quicker in this time of my life. I am looking forward to spending more time on more complicated recipes in the future. For now, I look for quick, healthy meals my toddler and husband will eat. They both are great at trying most anything. We would prefer to be vegans but just can't let go of cheese and seafood. My mom taught me to cook very southern. I have ventured out the last 11 years into many other cultures. Finally found the time to cook more in my career. I am a raw food chef that cooks vegan gourmet food. Yummy. We still eat fish and meat occasionly.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are salmon, pizza, breads(breadmaker of course), anything vegetarian(love fresh tomatoes an BASIL), big brunches, grilling anything... I cook a huge variety of food. I have a problem with never cooking the same thing twice. I also use to work for a french bakery in college. I learned a ton of stuff there. Lots of yummy desserts and pasteries. I can also decorate cakes pretty good. Lots of practice!! Vegan Raw Food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Throwing cookie dough on the ceiling, my grandma's chicken and dumplings, popovers, homemade veggie soup with vegetable from our own garden, quinoa, snow ice cream...
My cooking triumphs
Chickpea salad with feta, tomatoes, olives, beans and quinoa(from this site), veggie pasta dishes...
My cooking tragedies
Wow, one every few weeks probably. I usually have my husband rate it on a scale 1 to 10. I get a 9 a handful a times a month and usually average around a 7. That's our taste though. I love this site!! I can read all the reviews and it helps me stay away from bad recipes and pitfalls.
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Quinoa and Black Beans
I make this all the time. It is the best quinoa (keen-wah) dish out there. I have made it as the recipe calls and it is great. I have made it tons of other ways and it's still great. I just add what veggies I have on hand. My favorite way is to add chopped bell pepper with the onions and top with fresh chopped tomatoes, sour cream and shredded cheese. Salsa also gives it a kick even if you don't have cilantro on hand. I DO Not soak the quinoa. My husband likes this rolled into a tortilla for burritos(you could mash part of your black beans before adding them to make it thicker for wrapping up). If you have time to toast the qunioa (until it starts to pop) in a dry skillet, it adds to the flavor. Don't forget that quinoa is a complete protien and the beans and corn mix to make a complete protien for non-meat eaters. This makes a great main meal as well as side dish.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 31, 2008

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