SaladQueen Profile - (18151549)

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Living In: San Francisco Bay Area - Near Napa Valley, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Rainbow chard - heirloom
About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I'm a salad fiend. Any salad, any time. It's not really cooking, is it?
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm of Polish heritage. My grandmother Anna could really cook - pierogi, galumpki, you name it. Those are my comfort foods.
My cooking triumphs
Kulebiaka recipe from Gourmet magazine. I served it at Christmas and cut out little pastry stars to decorate it. It really was stunning, and delicious to boot.
My cooking tragedies
Early experiment trying to make pumpkin pie in a dorm kitchen, using non-pie pumpkins (jack-o-lantern types). Eew.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Chestnut Soup
So good I don't know if I can wait until tomorrow (Thanksgiving) to serve it. Sweet and nutty - unbelievable. Used Minerve brand chestnuts (Whole Foods) because they were highly rated in our newspaper food section. One thing I did differently was to add the wine to the vegetables, to finish them and to cook off some of the alcohol, before adding vegetable stock and the chestnuts. I think the garnishes (sour cream, cayenne, perhaps some parsley) can help the eye appeal, although I don't mind it.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2008
Sunshine Toast
I've loved these since childhood. We call them peek-a-boo eggs. My husband's family calls them camel's eggs (I can't figure that one out).

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 27, 2008

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