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Living In: Santa Cruz, California, USA
Member Since: May 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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The two of us
About this Cook
As a young mother and wife I'm just beginning my journey of learning how to cook. Growing up I never showed much interest in cooking or baking but my mother was always busy in the kitchen. Now that I'm giving it a go for myself I'm surprising everyone, including myself, how much I did pick up form my mother. My husband is great and will try anything I give him, give me an honest assessment while being liberal with praise.
My favorite things to cook
I like to try out new dinner recipes that hopefully one day will be my tried and true recipes. I like experimenting with new ingredients and techniques. I especially like trying things that are considered the staples in other cultures but aren't as well known to myself. Oh, and anything sweet! If it's for desert, I want to try and make it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is the best baker I know. She would always have fresh goodies for us. She didn't need a holiday to put some TLC into a recipe that would make us feel like it was made just for us, and I try to do the same.
My cooking triumphs
Fish sauce! It smells, well fishy, and at first I had no idea how to use. Now, it is that special ingredient in a lot of my stir fries that make them really delicious.
My cooking tragedies
I'd say less than half of the new things I try turn out any good. That is ok though! For every few meals that we might have had to have a bowl of cereal afterwards to fill us up, there's a dish that I discover that is fabulous.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
This is my go-to recipe for pancakes. They turn out great each time and still work when I add more milk to make them thinner for my husband (the weirdo lol). I use oil instead of butter and can't tell the difference.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 18, 2009
Emily's Excellent Taco Casserole
This was really good! It gave me bad heartburn, but that's because it has so many yummy things in it. I used the vegetarian chili from Trader Joes because it is really tasty (and I'm so not vegetarian!) My husband ate it kind of like nachos and I put it on a salad with ranch, which was GREAT. Also, I used more chili to cover all the chips.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 6, 2009
Felix K.'s 'Don't even try to say these aren't the best you've ever eaten, because they are' Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are the best cookies I've ever made. I made some giant, some regular, and some itty bitty, and all of them were fantastic. They aren't cakey or crispy, but not too dense either. The giant ones resembled the cookies from out local Pacific Cookie Company. These cookies are perfect. Now to make them into a chocolate cookie with mint chips....

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Reviewed On: Jul. 12, 2009

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