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Allison


Allison
 
Home Town: La Follette, Tennessee, USA
Living In: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2000
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Asian, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Healthy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am a high school teacher living in Northeast Florida. I’ve been cooking for as long as I can remember, but it’s only been in the last five to ten years that I’ve felt comfortable enough in the kitchen to experiment with my own recipes. I love to cook, and I’m always looking for new dishes to try out at home.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook authentic ethnic recipes, whether they be Mexican, Italian, Asian, Indian, etc. I like to experiment with tastes and flavors that I didn’t grow up with here in the U.S.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I cook pretty healthy foods throughout the year, but the holidays are my time to make loads of candies, cookies, and desserts to share with everyone. Every year I make my old favorites and try out two or three new recipes. The recipe that I must make every year is the caramels recipe submitted by Barbara. Ever since I tried it several years ago, it has become a family tradition. I make at least two batches, and there still isn’t enough to go around.
My cooking triumphs
My biggest triumph was the day I realized that I no longer relied on recipes. Most nights I never use a recipe. Instead I just bring together the flavors that I think will work best. Even when I’m making a completely new dish, I rarely follow a recipe to the letter. Sometimes I'll just make my own variations. Other times I’ll find several different versions of a recipe on-line and borrow a little from each to create my own.
My cooking tragedies
When I was in my late teens and still very much a novice cook, I attempted to roast a whole turkey all by myself. Who knew there were giblets hidden on both sides of the turkey? I removed the large packet of giblets from the main cavity, but I didn’t even think of looking for a second one. My family tried to assure me that everyone makes that mistake at least once, but I’m not so sure about that!
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Perfect Coconut Macaroons
These were divine! They turned out exactly as I hoped they would. They seemed just like a macaroon from a bakery. Wonderful texture and just the right amount of sweetness. The ratio of ingredients works perfectly. I find this kind of macaroon to be so much better than the kind made with sweetened condensed milk. I prefer larger shreds of coconut, so I skipped the step with the food processor. Instead I mixed all of the ingredients (minus the egg whites and extracts) in the mixer on low speed until well combined. After moving that mixture to a large bowl, I beat the eggs whites and then beat in the extracts. I omitted the almond extract this time, but I may add it back in next time. Thank you for such a wonderful and easy recipe!

22 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 13, 2012
Chocolate Snowballs
I love these cookies! I know them as an old family tradition. I was given the exact recipe by my mother-in-law, who received it from her grandmother. I was pleasantly surprised to see it on All Recipes. These are a Christmas tradition for us, and I look forward to them every year.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 30, 2006
Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi
This review is only for the marinade, because I used salmon rather than Mahi Mahi. I love salmon, but I generally make it the same way and I was looking for something different. This sauce was out of this world! I marinated the salmon in the sauce and then roasted it in the oven. So flavorful and delicious. I'm giving the recipe 4 stars rather than 5, because I had to increase the ginger significantly to get the best flavor. Thank you for the marinade recipe - I'll be making it often!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2006
 
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