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Chitowncook


Chitowncook
 
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Living In: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am single and I live alone in Chicago, IL. I like entertaining, because I get a chance to show off my cooking skills. They're nothing special. I just like good old american food with an accent on southern cuisine. I bake a lot and at the moment I am experimenting with bar cookies. I have some of the best cookware and I entertain so that I can use it. Mostly my family and I cook on holidays. I also travel and I just took a transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to Miami in November '12. It was absolutely amazing! I look forward to the cruises my mother and I take each year. Cruising is what I like to do most.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy southern food like collard greens, candied yams, macaroni and cheese, etc. I really enjoy baking and I recently treated myself to another food processor. I'm trying all the bar cookies at the moment, because they're good for any occasion. My lasagna is a family favorite,as well as my whipping cream pound cake. I am going to make lemom bars, soon. Also, I recently tried rice pudding at Whole Foods Market and it's amazing! The cook gave me the recipe and I will share it with the site, soon, after I try it at home.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family used to get together once a month on the last Sunday and we'd do pot luck (everyone would bring a dish). When I was a child we'd have holiday dinners with our cousins and I really loved it. We're all grown now so it's just immediate family, because the family is too big to gather at one family members home. Thanksgiving is always special and Sunday dinners are, too.
My cooking triumphs
I think that Thanksgiving dinner has to be one, but I remember when I made my first stuffed cabbage recipe. Now, that was a challenge and it was delicious. I got the recipe out of our Tribune newspaper and I was much younger then. I had a time getting the cabbage leaves off the head of cabbage.
My cooking tragedies
I remember once when I was making cheese cakes I made one and the spring form pan was bent, but I was unaware. The cake ran out into the oven. All my cheese and eggs. It was awful! I had a mess to clean up.
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Southern Collard Greens
The ingredients are right on, but not the cooking directions. First, wash your ham hocks off and put them in a pot, cover with water, bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for about fifteen minutes and pour the water off. Then, start a fresh pot with water to cover and cook until almost tender, but not quite done. Then, add your remaining ingredients and salt pork with your greens and bring to a boil. Simmer about an hour, or until the greens are the way you like them. Some people like them chewy, so take a few out after about 45 minutes and taste them for tenderness.. These steps are necessary to keep from having your greens too salty. Also, add about three cloves of garlic, chopped and a medium onion, chopped. Note: you must strip the thick stems off the greens and wash them about three times in cold water. People that write reviews don't realize that some inexperienced cooks just might not know how to prepare the greens before cooking them. Also, it's better to add them to a pot with the ham hocks in that's boiling.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2013
Southern as You Can Get Collard Greens
The ingredients are right on, but not the cooking directions. First, wash your ham hocks off and put them in a pot, cover with water, bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for about fifteen minutes and pour the water off. Then, start a fresh pot with water to cover and cook until almost tender, but not quite done. It could take as long as three hours. It depends on your cookware, your fire, etc.. You can boil them on high heat, but watch them and add water if necessary. Then, when they're almost tender, but not too tender, add your remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer about an hour, or until the greens are the way you like them. Some people like them chewy, so take a few out after about 45 minutes and taste them for tenderness.. These steps are necessary to keep from having your greens too salty. Also, I add a shake or two of red pepper flakes and a few cloves of chopped garlic. Serve with vinegar and hot sauce, like Louisiana Hot Sauce. yummy!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2013
Braised Collard Greens
The ingredients are right on, but not the cooking directions. First, cut the salt pork in slices or chunks and boil in a separate pot until almost tender, but not quite and pour off the water and set aside. Now, wash your ham hocks off and put them in a pot, cover with water, bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for about fifteen minutes and pour the water off. Then, start a fresh pot with water to cover and cook until almost tender, but not quite done. Then, add your remaining ingredients and salt pork with your greens and bring to a boil. Simmer about an hour, or until the greens are the way you like them. Some people like them chewy, so take a few out after about 45 minutes and taste them for tenderness.. These steps are necessary to keep from having your greens too salty.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2013
 
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