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MissMichal


MissMichal
 
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Living In: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a thirtysomething recovering vegan who, although she has gone back to turkey on Thanksgiving, still loves tofu and couscous. I do sales and marketing for a federal contractor and sell handmade Rosaries on the side.
My favorite things to cook
Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods are my favorite things to eat, and I'm learning to make them at home. I have also loved making candy since Home Ec in high school, divinity is one of my very favorite things, and I actually like fruitcake.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year, my family and I make breakfast for someone who has to work on Christmas morning. It's usually a casserole or a quiche. I love seeing people's faces when they find out someone has remembered them on the holiday.
My cooking triumphs
I made my very first Christmas dinner when I was 18 years old. It ended up taking much longer than expected, but the turkey was the most perfect thing anyone had ever seen and my family loved the homemade eggnog.
My cooking tragedies
I won a PETA essay contest one year and they sent me a Tofurkey as a prize. I cooked it for Thanksgiving and served it to my family, who was not vegetarian. I enjoyed it, and everyone else said at the time that it was great, but for years they talked behind my back about how bad it was.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Lemon Meringue Pie III
Our family swooned over this pie at Memorial Day, calling it the best lemon pie ever. It's not hard to make--I had always been intimidated by lemon meringue, but if you read the recipe through, follow the directions, and get your things together before you start, and you'll do fine. Remember to cool the filling and the crust before you put them together--that way your crust won't get soggy.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 10, 2009
Octopus in Tomato Sauce
We made this recipe work, but the instructions were confusing at best. For example, what exactly is "mixed spice"? Sugar is listed in the ingredients but is not to be found in the directions. Still, a good starting point for a great dish. It has a wonderfully complex flavor and we will be making it again. We used paprika, cumin, smoked salt, and smoked pepper flakes in the spice mix, and substituted beef base, sherry vinegar, and a little water for the wine since we live in an alcohol-free household. We zested one whole lemon and a whole orange and didn't use curry powder. We added the sugar in the saute step. The octopus came out with a beautiful texture, which always worries me because I have had some extraordinarily bad octopus. Our kitchen smelled like the briny deep while it was cooking. I was concerned about potatoes in a dish meant to be served over pasta, but it turned out just fine. Fettucine tossed with olive oil was the perfect substrate, then all we needed was a houseguest to torture. "Hey, look, you can see the little suckers on the tentacles..."

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 10, 2009
Vegetarian Mushroom-Walnut Meatloaf
This was great, but I'm glad a previous reviewer mentioned that worcestershire has anchovies. I checked the bottle in my fridge, and sure enough, not vegetarian. I seasoned the mix with soy sauce instead. I also didn't have any wheat germ or oat bran handy, so I substituted rolled oats for both. Turned out great and was less expensive that way.

16 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 11, 2009
 
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