CINDYG99 Profile - (1841684)

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Living In: Provo, Utah, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books
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Hello (calories)Dollies
Cindy and the Ruglach
Quickie Chicken
About this Cook
My family moved to Malaysia in 2004. We are here for another year. I have to say that the food here is absolutely the best anywhere. From Indian Satays, to Chinese/Malay hawker food to wonderful Thai curries, we eat great. We moved into a fabulous apartment that has a terrific gourmet kitchen. It looks like one of those kitchens in the movies where everything is stainless and spacious. I am having a blast cooking in it. We can get most foods here. We do miss good American hotdogs though.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try my hand at creative salads and soups. We are doing the South Beach Diet, and it ain't easy doing an American diet in a Southeast Asian country. I especially love to bake. Cookies and quickbreads are my favorites. I love large quantity cooking as we do entertain quite a bit too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have old letters and books handed down from old matrons of my family. I actually was going through an old book and found a hand written recipe for the wedding cake my husbands great-grandmother served at her wedding! I have classics like Mexican Chorizo, from my grandmother. It is unlike any other I have tasted anywhere. I hope to pass these recipes down to my grandkids someday.
My cooking triumphs
I catered a Mexican Christmas Fiesta last December for about 150 here in Penang. Most of our guests had never tasted Mexican food before. Our Muslim guests were quite stymied. Our Chinese guests didn't really appreciate the refried beans and they went for the rice instead. Our Western friends were in seventh heaven tasting food from home again. Mexican foods are hard to get here and I bring corn tortillas back with me after each trip to the States.
My cooking tragedies
Last Thanksgiving I had to make 6 batches of rolls. The first 3 batches I made didn't rise as the yeast was old. I spent hours and hours on that fiasco.
Recipe Reviews 32 reviews
Mexican Wedding Cookies
I made it w/o any changes. I made it 3 times in one week while my entire family was out of town. Memorized the recipe, and ate them all by myself. No guilt, no regrets, no sharing. And because the good fat of the almonds was there it canceled out the bad fat of the butter. Did not gain any weight. LOL. woot.

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 20, 2011
Stuffed Green Peppers I
Needed some changes. I punched up the flavor with a serrano pepper and a clove of garlic. I had some Ragu I used in place of one of the cans of soup. Because of other reviews, I also parboiled the rice too. My family loved it and fought over who was going to take the leftovers to work the next day.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 28, 2009
Bundt Dutch Apple Cake
Turned out lovely. I took out the fat and used 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup applesauce. Added a pinch of salt to the batter too. This is a dense coffee cake. Don't expect light or fluffy.

25 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 28, 2009

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