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Home Town: Seattle, Washington, USA
Living In: Akron, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean
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About this Cook
I'm a 29 year old Northwest girl, currently trapped in Akron Ohio where I am a slave to law school. I'm eagerly anticipating finishing school and moving home to Seattle this December. I have an amazing boyfriend there who loves my cooking and makes me smile every day (even from 2500 miles away!). I love meeting interesting people and enjoying life - looking forward to rejoining my friends and family in Washington, but will miss my lovely Ohio friends too. Cooking & baking are some of my favorite hobbies - especially trying new recipes. Unfortunately, during the past couple of years in school I haven't had a lot of time to cook here and my favorite taste-tester is across the country. Pretty soon I'll return to domestic bliss and lots of new recipes!
My favorite things to cook
Wow that's hard to narrow down - I love trying new things or finding a perfect recipe for a classic dish. I love cooking italian and mexican foods - the spicier the better. I also like marinading, grilling, and any recipe that give me leftovers to make new dishes things with - like whole roasted chicken or tri tip roasts. And all desserts - of course!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday meals are always classic and memorable with my extended family - the usual pot-luck style where everyone brings their specialty. As far as my own traditions, my boyfriend and I like to have "happy hour" at home after work or on a weekend afternoon with appetizers that we would normally order at a restaurant like dips, quesadillas, nachos, wings, or potstickers. It's great because I get to try new recipes in small doses, use up leftovers, and have some fun quality time!
My cooking triumphs
Anytime someone loves a meal I cook, asks for a recipe, or specifically requests a certain dish! I also love that I am getting better and better at just throwing something together and having it turn out great - each new recipe I try helps with that skill!
My cooking tragedies
Cheese sauce - I haven't made one from scratch that isn't either too runny or too pasty. I usually stick to plain melted cheese or the stuff in a jar, but am still looking.
Recipe Reviews 95 reviews
Taco Seasoning I
Very, very good. Doesn't taste just like the packaged seasoning, but I think it's better. Make at least a quadruple batch and save it in a jar for future use. I used it to season beef for freezer burritos and they wee outstanding!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 5, 2013
Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini
Excellent with these changes based on the reviews and what I had on hand: doubled the mushrooms and added about 1/4 c. finely diced onion, jarred minced garlic, extra oregano, salt, pepper and about 3 ounces cream cheese to the stuffing mix. Also used grated Parmesan and shredded cheddar on top. Broiled about 6 minutes and they were excellent. A little time consuming, but very easy. Boiling the zucchini until tender and scooping out most of the inside is key. This was the first thing on my husband's plate to be finished! Will make again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 5, 2013
Absolutely Fabulous Greek/House Dressing
Delicious, tangy and easy! Plus I had everything to make it and threw it together in about a minute. Good right away, but better the next day. Next time I'll try emulsifying it in the blender.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 19, 2013

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