Salsera713 Profile - (1814628)

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Home Town: Hallandale, Florida, USA
Living In: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2000
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Healthy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Me with an Argentinian horse
About this Cook
I'm an engineer by trade, which made it difficult at first for me to accept the fact that sometimes you need to play around with recipes and the amounts. As I'm learning to do so, however, I am finding a whole new wonderful world of cooking. Outside of cooking, I enjoy salsa dancing and playing soccer, which makes it that much more important for me to cook and eat healthy.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking cookies and making crepes and stir fry. I am starting to get more comfortable with casseroles. I used to be completely attached to my frying pan, but have within the past 5 years or so moved more towards baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
As a kid when we had guests over I used to be in charge of the desserts (or at least my mother made me feel like I was in charge; that was the only aspect I was really interested in helping with). I learned a lot about baking through these endeavors and enjoy it to this day. Quaker's oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (the recipe actually calls for raisins, but we substitute chocolate chips) were always available in my house and those are my favorite to make. My mother also makes a mean brisket, which is something I have yet to replicate. And finally, crepes on weekend mornings, with honey or maple syrup, although not as common now that I'm on my own, still my favorite.
My cooking triumphs
Quiches and zucchini egg bake for a breakfast at work - and having them be gone within the first few minutes of the day.
My cooking tragedies
The brisket for Passover that burned and dried. Burnt garlic bread. The tasteless pasta dish. Did I mention that all of the above involved guests?
Recipe Reviews 78 reviews
Cold-Busting Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup
I liked the flavor the ginger added and the soup in general felt healthy (I'm currently battling a cold). I did find the soup had a bit too much lemon, so I might cut that down next time. That said, I've never put lemon in soup and did like what it added to the soup. Would definitely make this again. I made the following changes: I halved the recipe, used chicken thighs (with bones as my mom says the bones add flavor to the soup) instead of breasts, used black pepper instead of peppercorns, omitted the celery, kohlrabi, herbs, and noodles, added paprika and cumin, didn't remove the garlic (I did slice it before adding to the soup), and let it simmer for about 2 hours total.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 9, 2015
Serbian Ground Beef, Veggie, and Potato Bake
As others have mentioned, the seasoning for the meat is excellent! I did make a bunch of changes based on what I had availability and due to time restrictions. For vegetables, I only used onion and shitake mushrooms. I used cayenne pepper instead of red pepper flakes. I used vegetable bouillon instead of beef bouillon. And I used milk instead of half and half. The crazy, major change I made was that I did everything on the stove. I cooked the beef in a frying pan and simultaneously cooked the onions, mushrooms, and potatoes in a separate pan. When the beef was done (all seasonings and liquid added), I added this to the potato mixture. I then covered this and let the potatoes cook in the liquid from the beef. It turned out surprisingly well! I do want to try in the oven next time.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 25, 2014
Grandma Jeanette's Amazing German Red Cabbage
I really like red cabbage made this way and this recipe is good. The finished product was a bit too sweet for me, but I think I used more apples than required. Next time I'll probably reduce the sugar, though. And I might peel the apples because, while the skins didn't affect the taste, they look a bit weird.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2013

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