CMHGUPTA Profile - (18319763)

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Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Orlando, Florida, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Indian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Kids
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About this Cook
I'm just entering into my thirties and am trying to be more adventurous and more healthy. I've been cooking since I can remember, although back when I started it was tacos, mashed potatoes, etc. Typical foods a 12 year old could cook when Mom & Dad were at work.
My favorite things to cook
We eat almost only ethnic foods here - rarely do we eat steak, burgers or the like. I love to cook Indian food as my husband is Indian and I love to cook provincial French food as I lived in France for a while.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't know. My Mom never made the same dish twice, so I can't really remember anything she cooked. My Dad was a master at kitchen screw-ups - grilled cheese sans cheese and the like. Food has always been good in our families but maybe not memorable?
My cooking triumphs
I'd say I'm most proud of having learned to cook Indian food well enough that when we have Indian friends over they ask for recipes or tips. That's a big thing for a girl from the Dairy state!
My cooking tragedies
Before being a Mommy, I had lots and lots of time to make great meals. It's obviously harder with a child (and one on the way), so I tried our crockpot and a recipe here. My husband hated it and it's the only thing in seven years that he has ever hated that I've made. I tried a few other crockpot recipes and he didn't really care for them either. So, I guess the crockpot is a tragedy for us - now I use it to keep soup warm or to simmer things that need to simmer, but never to actually cook!
Recipe Reviews 59 reviews
Spicy Rapid Roast Chicken
I really liked this method, although I wasn't nuts about the spices. I prefer the spices from the Sticky Rotisserie recipe here. But, I love, love, love how quick and good this was!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2008
Janet's Rich Banana Bread
This is really and truly a fabulous banana bread! I've made it with sour cream (full fat) and with fat free Greek yogurt and both are delicious! I have also made this recipe as muffins with the topping from To Die For Blueberry Muffins and what a smash hit! Thank you for sharing!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2008
German Chocolate Cake III
I like this cake, the texture is very, very nice - melts in your mouth. I just wish it had more depth of chocolate. I felt like it was very much on the surface and nothing behind it. I would make it with espresso instead of water next time and maybe even adding cocoa nibs or mini chips. Edited to add - I also added about 1/2 t. salt to the icing. That gave it a rich caramel flavor instead of just being sweet.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 17, 2008
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