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dani


dani
 
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Member Since: Feb. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Camping, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am a mother of two who comes from a family that came from Hawaii. I recently introduced the rest of my family to jujitsu, which I started when I was twelve. Now the whole family loads up twice a week and heads to the dojo. We're pretty active and enjoy camping and walking together. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen - when you put the hour and a half of dinner prep together with the hour of morning breakfast/lunch prep, I guess I'm a pretty dedicated cook.
My favorite things to cook
I'll cook just about anything... I don't really have many 'staples'. I like to 'play' in the kitchen, so I can't guarantee that I can duplicate a dish that I've made up. I love hawaiian comfort food and I'll cook Loco Moco or Spam, Eggs and Rice every once in a while. One thing that's a hit with my family is 'gourmet ramen'. On busy nights when I don't have time to prepare a proper meal, I cook several packs of Top Ramen and add baby bok choy, grated carrots, water chestnuts, snow peas and leftover cooked chicken. I like to take things that would be considered unhealthy and put a healthier spin on them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I cook New Year's dinner for our friends and family. It's the last night of the year, so we indulge a little bit. Okay, we indulge a lot! I cook a prime rib and a potato casserole that we only have once a year (the recipe is posted on allrecipes as 'potato casserole'... it's a ton of calories, but it's soooo good). Naturally there are other side dishes and dessert, but I think people look forward to the potatoes the most. They're already talking about New Year's and it's only September.
My cooking triumphs
My greatest triumph has to be baking chocolate chip cookies. I had given up on baking and was convinced that I could cook, but not bake. Everything I put in the oven turned into a gloppy mess. About a year after we moved into our new house with our brand new oven I gave some chocolate chip cookies a try. They were perfect! Crispy on the outside, moist and chewy on the inside. Who would've known that I've just managed to have a bad oven everywhere I've lived before.
My cooking tragedies
The first dish I made up was HORRIBLE! I made a kung pao chicken stir fry when I was a teenager that could've peeled the paint off of walls. My poor mom and dad sat at the dinner table with tears streaming down their bright red faces, determined to eat the monstrosity that I created!
Recipe Reviews 51 reviews
Hoppin' John
A friend gave me canned blackeye peas and told me they're supposed to bring good luck for the new year, so I told him to come by and I'd cook them up. I had to modify since the peas were canned, but I think I kept the recipe pretty close. Instead of water, I used two cans of low sodium chicken broth and instead of the dry black-eyed peas, I used three cans with the liquid. I also omitted the red pepper flakes since a couple family members can't take spiciness and instead served Crystal hot sauce on the side. We all loved it... especially with the kick the hot sauce gives it! Definitely tasted southern, now we'll see if it brings us luck!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2010
Banana Oat Muffins
These were so good! I used Greek style yogurt instead of the sour cream, and brown sugar in place of the white, both because it was what I had on hand. I used my mini muffin tins and the first batch ran together. A little disappointing, but in the end, that just meant more muffin top! I added another 1/2 cup flour to the double batch and the next round came out just fine.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 13, 2009
Banana Banana Bread
This recipe absolutely deserves the five star rating! The only changes I made were to use 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of regular and I added 1/4 cup walnuts and baked them into 12 muffins instead of a loaf. The ingredient list is so short and simple that I thought there was no way these would be as good as they are. I love banana bread and this is the best I've ever had. THANK YOU!!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 1, 2009
 
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