Ethel Profile - (18365156)

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Home Town: Coupeville, Washington, USA
Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Mediterranean, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I'm a Seattle college student at the University of Washington - which means I have a low budget and don't normally have a lot of time for cooking. I cook mostly for myself and my fiance, and generally do one-course meals with enough left-over for lunch the next day. I study computer science and philosophy, and should graduate this June. I have a lot of hobbies, including programming, cooking, cross-stitch, reading, and computer games. Being a Jack-of-all-trades, I am not an expert in any one of those fields - yet :-) I hope to someday finish a program I am creating that will take a photograph and create a cross-stitch image from it, so I can start my own business selling people personalized cross-stitch patterns made from photos of their loved ones, pets, or favorite locations!
My favorite things to cook
I like whipping up a hearty, spicy stew that simmers in the wok all day long. I also enjoy marinating and cooking meats on a George Foreman grill my sister gave me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents made me start cooking dinner once a week when I was in my teens. I'm glad they did - I snitched my aunt's best quick-cook, taste-great recipes, and learned some valuable skills. I plan on doing the same thing to my kids as well.
My cooking triumphs
My favourite cooking experience is trying out a wacky mix of foods that works, and coming up with a new recipe. I tried frying chopped red bell pepper, then refrigerating it, mixing it with chopped mango and feta, and tossing the mixture with lettuce and a fruity vinagrette. Mmmm . . . Still need to find the perfect vinagrette for it, though!
My cooking tragedies
Various incidents involving things that should not be on burners being on burners. Left the cookie sheet over the burner that vents for the oven for a period of hours. Ended up ruining the no-stick finish. Reheated cans of soup . . . and leaving them for hours. Lost two pans that way! Plastic items being left on the unused stove burners, and the wrong burner being turned on. And people wonder why I insist that the stove should *always* be clear unless you are using it to cook!
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Swedish Chocolate Balls (or Coconut Balls)
These were great! I did end up with dough that wasn't holding together (I might have spaced out and added too many oats first, so don't assume it's the recipe's fault) and added an additional 1/4th cup of margarine to offset it. I also ran into the issue with the coconut not sticking, but after adding a very little amount of hot water (tablespoons of H2O?) to the dough it stuck much better. I think our house was a little cold and the cookies starting solidifying too quickly, so the hot water re-melted the chocolate and margarine. I added even more hot water and extra instant coffee to the last half, and ended up with a much stronger mocha flavor (but a bit of a 'blob' shape from all the H2O making the dough too wet). Next time, I might intentionally add extra instant coffee right off the bat - I loved the 'mocha' flavor! but as written, the coffee isn't really tasted, it just adds a subtly richer flavor to the chocolate, which is nice for kids (I used decaf instant coffee). I will definitely try with rum around the holidays, when we have some adult guests to share them with.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 22, 2012
Radish Top Soup
An excellent, easy soup that I will definitely be cooking whenever I have radish greens on hand! I'm lactose intolerant, so I sauteed onions in safflower oil and used a little plain soy milk at the end. I also skipped blending because I don't particularly like blended soups, and found out after starting that I didn't have chicken broth . . . so I added a little thyme, then realized that my drumsticks in the oven produced a lot of juice while cooking and added that in - which included the juices of a pineapple sage and garlic marinade. This is absolutely going to become my go-to recipe for using radish greens.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 16, 2011
Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
I'm not vegan or even vegetarian, but I now add oatmeal to all of my smoothies. I grind it in the blender first as I prefer a finer texture, then add the juices or milks (otherwise the oatmeal doesn't mix nicely w/ the fruits), then the fruits. If you have a strong sweet tooth, try making this with sherbet!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2009

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