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Mary Beth

Mary Beth
Home Town: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Living In: Durham, North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Indian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I'm a good Southern girl who discovered that food was more than traditional Southern and chain restaurants when I went to college. My love for food only expanded while studying abroad in Northern Spain, where I got explore Mediterranean cooking and French pastries. I helped make ends meet while in school working as a cafeteria lady, caterer, prep and line cook. Now I spend my free time cooking and experimenting and am debating going to culinary school to become a pastry chef.
My favorite things to cook
I love creating new vegetarian recipes, usually Asian inspired, though occasionally a twist on a Southern comfort food favorite. I also use any excuse to make elaborate cakes and homemade chocolates.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is traditionally from the coast of N.C., so homecooking to me is fried seafood, peel & eat shrimp, eastern style barbeque (I make my own using TVP) and all the fixings. It's terribly unhealthy but oh so very good.
My cooking triumphs
I created a chocolate covered cherry cake for my mother's birthday, topped with dark chocolate fudge, fresh cherries and drizzled with melted dark chocolate. My sister wanted to know what bakery I bought it from!
My cooking tragedies
I once attempted to make a Mediterranean/Asian fusion dish with couscous, chickpeas and spinach. It was so disgusting that even my boyfriend who eats everything couldn't eat it. It ended up in the trashcan and we were forced to go out for dinner.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Stir Fried Kale
I loved this recipe and will make it again and again! I love greens, especially Kale, and it was a nice change: no bitterness and I loved how it tasted like stuffing. Yum!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 28, 2006
Russian Eggplant
Sooo delicious. I had this same dish, or one very like it, at a restaurant in Russia and have been trying to recreate it since. I made sure my onions were sliced very thin so that they would be sufficiently cooked in the oven, but still have some of the oomph which would be lost by sauteeing. This is definitely going into a regular rotation in my kitchen.

14 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 21, 2006
Fresh Cantaloupe Bread
The bread itself tasted fine, mildly sweet, but not at all like cantaloupe. However, it boiled over and made a huge mess in my bread machine. I tried it a second time, substituting whole wheat flour which rises less and ended up with an inedible loaf of bread, and a bread machine that's practically ruined from dough that poured over the edges and burned all over the sides.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 2, 2006
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