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 62 reviews
Roasted New Red Potatoes
Great recipe. My potatoes were smaller and a variety bag; I cut them into easy bite sized pieces. Needed to bake with the meat, so I did these at 375 degrees for 45 minutes on the lower rack and it was perfect. I turned them twice to brown more sides. I'm sure they're great as the recipe calls for too. I added dried rosemary after tasting and wanting an herby look/taste. Will make again!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 18, 2015
Buttery Garlic Green Beans
Made this tonight. Only changes: didn't have lemon pepper, used garlic pepper instead and zest of one fresh picked lemon. Added another garlic clove and used sea salt. Very good, but too much butter (and we love butter); next time I'll cut down by half. Will make again and use fresh lemon zest again.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 18, 2015
Fried Rice I
Great base recipe to start with and good instruction with the egg. I used to add the egg uncooked to the rice and it didn't turn out as well. Everyone loved it in my house. I did not, and likely won't, use the bacon. I prefer diced ham. I plan to make this again and again. Thank you!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 5, 2015
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