CHERYLSKITCHEN Profile - (18303783)


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Living In: Modesto, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Cheryl's Birthday!
About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Vegetables are definitely my best and favorite of foods. I am also told I am great with Roasts, Baked turkey, Rice dishes, Seafoods, Pastas, breakfast foods, and cake decorating.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My special fried rice, Baklava, "all out" salads, fresh raspberry pie, and candy bar cookies are always requested at family functions. Another tradition is that the birthday person gets exactly what they want on their birthday of course!
My cooking triumphs
After losing my mom to cancer, our family missed her famous Baklava. No one ever thougt to obtain the recipe, which she did not write down. I diligently worked to replicate it and knew I was successful when I introduced it at a recent Thanksgiving get together. I spoiled a few dinners when a few just couldn't leave it alone before the big meal, as it was "just like Mom used to make it".
My cooking tragedies
I realized the importance of baking soda the first time I made a cake at 12 years old. It was a rock. My stepdad and brother ate the whole thing. I think they wanted to make me feel better! I also set my Grandma's kitchen on fire when I was around 7... I liked my toast on the well side and I think I pushed the toaster too far when it sparked!
Recipe Reviews 58 reviews
Marinated Baked Pork Chops
Great flavor in the sauce. Doubled it for four boneless chops approx. 1/2 inch thick. Cooked 30 mins. covered on one side and positioned on a bed of sliced onions, then 15 minutes on the other side, with a finish of 5 minutes under the broiler. This was 50 mins. of cooking and too long. Good, but dry. I'll definitely make again, but will adjust the cooking time. The onions were amazing with the soaked up sauce. Great recipe! Four stars due to instructions on marinade, cover/uncover, and cook time.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 2, 2015
Sweet and Sour Pork III
Very good. Definitely takes the prep time it says. It was too sweet for three out of four of us, and I could distinctly taste the ketchup. I'll likely make it again, but will have to make some tweaks such as less sugar, less ketchup, and make the sauce thicker. The pork by itself was delicious; I snuck a few of the pieces while making the sauce!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2015
Red Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Great recipe which I will definitely remake. Did not add the sugar. I increased the half and half. Didn't have enough flavor, so added some garlic salt, regular salt, and pepper to taste. Didn't use a mixer. Next time I will try milk instead, along with other changes. Really easy to prepare and directions are well written. Thank you very much!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2015
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