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NERDYCHEESECAKE


NERDYCHEESECAKE
 
Home Town: Kennesaw, Georgia, USA
Living In: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Tuna, Noodles, Pickles and Cheese
About this Cook
I live in Atlanta. I went to college for English and Writing, and work as the marketing coordinator for the Atlanta office of a national commercial real estate firm. I never enjoyed cooking while growing up but now it is becoming one of my favorite pastimes!
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking fresh, healthy meals...anything with lots of veggies and herbs (especially garlic, dill, and hot spices -- not necessarily all together ;)! I enjoy cooking with fish, chicken, spicy foods, peppers, and veggies, veggies, veggies! I also enjoy meeting people with different ethnic backgrounds and experimenting with their cooking techniques and recipes; one of my favorites was a delicious mango salsa that I have yet to see on AR...the recipe was given to me by a talented Brazilian cook. I hope to share it with you soon -- yum!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family wasn't huge on experimenting with cooking, so most of my learning I've done since I left home. One thing I always appreciate, though, is our preparation for Thankgiving and Christmas. The squash casserole my mom passed down to me (which I also need to post here) is absolutely heavenly, and I am excited to focus on that while she prepares some of the other staple holiday dishes.
My cooking triumphs
In the last year, I have begun to branch out and cook things I would never consider making before. I use more fish, shrimp, and different cooking styles. I try to find ways to use unique fruits and vegetables in my food, which in itself is a constant work of progress that makes learning to cook satisfying to me!
My cooking tragedies
About three years ago, I attempted to work with ground turkey for the first time, and wasn't even sure what color it was supposed to be when it was done cooking! (yikes) I "made" a turkey meatloaf, but pulled it out of the oven when it was still mushy and pink...needless to say, I was horrified and threw it in the garbage. Maybe next time! :)
Recipe Reviews 35 reviews
Eggplant Rollatini
This was great. I don't see the point though in rolling up -- unless you are having company or a nice dinner, and then it's a great touch. Otherwise, save yourself some time on a weeknight dinner and do as others have suggested and layer. I followed some other hints and sweated the eggplant and also broiled the breaded slices to avoid frying them. I did this for five mintues per side. Then I layered this way in a glass baking dish: eggplant, ricotta, spinach (another addition that caught my eye in someone else's review), prosciutto, tomato sauce, and mozarella cheese. Baked at 350 for about 20 minutes or so, until the cheese was melted and starting to brown. We loved this and will make it again.

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 12, 2010
Cilantro and Garlic Potatoes
You do NOT have to deep fry these! Slice your potatoes very thin and sautee in a pan with some olive oil. We didn't have lemon juice on hand so we left it out, but these were AWESOME! I'm rating it a four only because I changed the cooking method.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 3, 2010
Squash Casserole II
My family and I have been making this exact recipe for years at Thanksgiving, so I know it is amazing! This recipe is the reason I don't like to try other squash casseroles -- honestly, the other ones I have tried NEVER stack up! Things I do differently: I don't peel or seed my squash. I cut the squash instead into about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick slices before boiling, and I do not mash them after boiling -- I just put the slices in the casserole. It tastes delicious this way, although I imagine mashing is good for tricking picky eaters. Another good tip -- you can swap out yellow squash for zucchini in this recipe, or do half and half for some variety and color -- the taste is about the same. Delicious!

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 27, 2010
 
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