John Profile - (18325059)

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Home Town: Soldotna, Alaska, USA
Living In: Kenai, Alaska, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Fishing, Music
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Waikiki 2009
Ultimate Powder
Bull moose drinking from creek
Ice Sculptures
About this Cook
I have lived the majority of my life in Alaska. Durring high school I used to cook for a living, I started out cooking in various restaruants then I started cooking on the off-shore oil drilling platforms located in the Cook Inlet near Kenai, AK. I have even cooked on a 110 ft. fishing boat in the Bearing Sea. After a couple years went by I realized that I really liked to cook and I decided to stop doing it for a living. Now I cook simply because I like to and I enjoy trying new things in the kitchen. I am glad that I was able to recognise and make that decision early in life. Food is something that should be enjoyed, not labored over.
My favorite things to cook
I make it a point to buy something new that I have never tried before every time I go into a grocerie store. One of my favorite things to do is to go to the spice isle and pick a spice that I don't already have in my cupboards at home and then learn to cook with it. This method keeps me trying new things, learning new techniques and adding cool new gadgets to my kitchen. It is getting difficult to find spices at the local grocerie store that I don't already have nowdays though.
My favorite family cooking traditions
On sunday's my son & I chop veggi's together for a veggi dipping tray and then we munch it down while watching the NASCAR race on TV. Another tradition is that before we go out on a snowmachine ride I throw something good in the slow cooker so that when we get home later in the day we have some good hearty food waiting for us.
My cooking triumphs
If you put a veggi tray and a candy bar in front of my two kids they will reach for the veggi tray. I started having them help me chop veggis for munching on and making our own ranch dip at a very young age and it has stuck with them even into thier teen years.........I consider that to be a triumph!
My cooking tragedies
When I was a kid (about12 yrs old) my friend & I forgot about some fatty pork chops in the oven and they caught on fire and almost burned his mom's house down!
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Amish Slaw
This is a great change from the traditional cole slaw made with mayonaise and it keeps for a long time in the fridge. I will try cutting back a bit on the oil next time as the flavor was very oily to me for the first couple of days but seemed to blend better by the end of day 2 or day 3. Make this one at least a day ahead of time and I think you will be happy with it. Went great with BBQ ribs & baked beans as part of a meal, as well as being a good sandwich topper for lunch the next time or just to eat a bowl by itself. Overall a great recipie.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 8, 2011
Baked Beans II
Pretty good but still tastes like a can of pork & beans with stuff in it to me. Maybe if it were thicker with more meat in it that would do it for me. Less sugar works out well, I used 1/3 C. and got good results with sweetness & flavor. Next time I will try a small amount of molassis, 1/2 lb. of browned hamburger and cook a little longer to thicken it up a bit and give it that hearty, "stick to your ribs" quality that my pre-conception of baked beans ought to have.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 8, 2011
Barbequed Ribs
My initial response after taking the first bite of theese ribs was that you could just use a jug of Cattlemans brand BBQ sauce and get similar results without all the time, effort & ingreedients, Wrong! By the time I finished my first rib I had realized that the flavor combination of the spice rub and the sauce together was unique and awsome! Not the same as BBQ sauce. I did not double the sauce (as others recomended) and wished that I had, my 12 year old son thought they were perfect just the way they were and said they were the best ribs he ever had, Neither of us could stop eating them till' we were miserably stuffed! Don't worry about left-overs.....if there are any, they are most excellent the next day.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 8, 2011
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