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Member Since: Jul. 2014
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I decided to become a vegetarian on Thanksgiving when I was 6. My parents, thinking it a phase, told me they would not cook two meals and i would have to figure it out. That is when I began cooking and creating in the kitchen. I am an elementary school teacher and I love introducing kids to new foods, cuisines, and integrating cooking into the curriculum. At home, I usually do all the dinners and pre-make lunches in a crockpot on Sundays. I love learning new recipes, and my boyfriend and I try to cook with something new once a week.
My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy creating vegetarian dinner menus, and I am the go-to cupcake baker in my immediate family and close group of friends (birthdays and weddings, yay!). I have started getting into canning and breads of all kinds.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family traditions include christmas sugar cookie parties (3 days to prep, all the kids in the neighborhood, and pounds of flour, butter, and sugar!), Thanksgiving potlucks, and the fact that when my family is together to make a meal, EVERYONE pitches in. The chaos is the greatest way to spend time together and gossip!
My cooking triumphs
I would say I am pretty darn good at cupcakes, cookies, and veggie loaf-inspired meals. I try to create all my own recipes, and when I use established ones, I tend to put a spin on it. I have also gotten my mango-jalapeno jam down pat, but am looking for a garlic jelly recipe!
My cooking tragedies
I haven't really created anything inedible, but I would say my biggest flops have been a few bread and cake attempts that had weird textures (too heavy, to crumbly, etc.), and, as I am a klutz, I have dropped quite a few creations on the floor/car seats/oven door/sink etc.
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers
I took Eliza's review into consideration when making these. I did alter a few things, but OMG these things are fantastic!!! I made a triple batch for a July 4th BBQ, and I don't know if they will make it to tomorrow! Here is what I did: I drained and rinsed the beans, then spread them on a cookie sheet and baked them about 20 minutes at 350*. They got a bit crunchy, which is oh so good. I put a handful of mushrooms, a giant sweet onion, a whole head of garlic, a bunch of cilantro, and about a dozen small sweet peppers (unfortunately I used all of my jalapenos in my mango jalapeno chutney) in the blender, added about 4 egg whites, and the zest and juice of a lime. I tossed in the dried baked beans and salt and pepper, and blended til' smooth. Poured this into a bowl and added a tsp of each: chipotle powder, white pepper, and cumin, and a pinch of salt and a pinch of regular chili powder. Here the mix was very wet, so I started with a 1/2c bread crumbs. Still wet, so I added about 1c rolled oats. Still wet, so I added 4Tbsp flour. This seemed good (Every mix will have a different moisture content, so just keep adding until it works), so I managed to make 16 patties, plus a taster. I put the patties on oiled foil in the oven at 350* for about 20 minutes (was no longer spongy/puffy to the touch), let them cool a bit, and now I have them on cookie racks to cool before I freeze them (wax paper btwn.) I HOPE they hold up on the BBQ tomorrow! If not, I will reheat.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 3, 2014

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