BABIGYRL5 Profile - (18173205)

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Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My name is Courtney and cooking has quickly gone from a hobby to a passion. I love picking up different cooking styles wherever I live. I was born and raised in Chicago,IL where I learned the basics of cooking from my mom and grandma, I went to college in Champaign,IL where I learned how to cook good food on a budget, to Cincinnati, OH where I learned how to cook tasty meals for one, and now I live in Asheville,NC where my friends have taught me how to shop organic and choose products from local farms.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook, I've been watching my grandma since I could just peak over the stove. I have a very eclectic cooking background- my paternal grandmother and grandfather taught me southern soul food cooking, and my mother taught me Portuguese and Jewish dishes that she learned from her mom before she passed. My favorite things to cook are greens, latkes, peach cobbler and quesidillas. I also like to experiment with tofu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking traditions are having Christmas brunch at my dads house.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering peach cobbler finally! I would always undercook it becuase the top layer would be nice and done but the layers inside were still "gummy" and uncooked.
My cooking tragedies
Pre-mastering peach cobbler lol I took an underbaked peach cobbler to work for our team food day and the dough inside was uncooked so it turned into a soupy mess when people cut in to it :(
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Kala (Black-Eyed Pea Fritters from the Dutch Antilles)
This was a good recipe and I made a few changes. Before I made these fritters I fried some fish and I used the leftover grease to make the Kala in which added a nice flavor. I did not make balls because there wasn't enough oil so I made them into patties. The kala tasted ok but not much flavor. I think it would have been better had the flour been seasoned. Next time Im going to season the flour with some salt and garlic powder.

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2009
Millie Pasquinelli's Fried Chicken
FINALLY! A recipe for fried chicken that works for me! All other recipes I have tried the batter falls off in the grease but this one worked PERFECT. I used my own seasonings (lawrys, old bay, onion and garlic powder and Nature's Seasonings) and 3 eggs since I only had 6 whole chicken wings and it was perfectly done. I also used a deep fryer I bought from walmart which I think is also the key to keeping the batter on, no need to turn. Excellent recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 24, 2007

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