Bazdazzle Profile - (18424756)

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Home Town: Los Angeles, California, USA
Living In: San Diego, California, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Quick & Easy
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Mar. 27, 2010 8:44 pm 
Updated: Mar. 28, 2010 8:48 am
Because we're having baked chicken & baked potato! I need to use both. So everyone suffers, bwahaha haha! We're also having Trader Joe's Fire Roasted Vegetables (frozen but I add fresh spinach and omit the water in the cooking instructions on the bag, it's really good. I add fresh spinach… MORE
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About this Cook
I am a do-it-yourself-figure-it-out-with-ingredients-on-hand kind of cook. I like the "learn by doing" method best. I like to add to prepared mixes, etc. and make them a little better. I learned most of what I know from my Dad, who is the same type of self-taught cook and who really can't fail. EVERYTHING he makes, even his experiments, are delicious.
My favorite things to cook
grilled meats with dry rubs salads of all kinds vegetable side dishes cookies and brownies Mexican food appetizers and snacks cocktails
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mexican and Tex-Mex food (Dad is from Texas) Southern food (Mom is from Missouri) a few of the favorite family recipes are fried chicken, barbecued beef brisket, a plethora of amazing traditional holiday cookies, light and fluffy chile rellenos, fresh tomatillo salsa, I could go on and on...
My cooking triumphs
A vegetarian dinner party for 8 (I am not a vegetarian) A mexican feast for 10, complete with carne asada and carnitas, which both turned out great the very first time I made them
My cooking tragedies
Trying to make a quiche-like baked breakfast dish with leftover salmon and bagels. Trying to substitute any pre-baked bread good (bagels) for actual pie crust is not effective. Also, candy-making, especially trying to make toffee or peanut brittle will not work well without a thermometer. The caramel will revert back to being sugar if overcooked.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Jasmine's Brussels Sprouts
Have made 4 times now -- tonight I added a splash of Worcestireshire sauce, was tasty but not necessary, I like this recipe as is

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 24, 2013
Iced Pumpkin Cookies
These are pretty good, I wish they had a bit more pumpkin flavor, however, I used some leftover canned creamy vanilla frosting and maybe it overshadows the pumpkin flavor in a way that the glaze in the recipe wouldn't. I'll make them again just drizzling the glaze over them instead.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 13, 2011
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
I won't bother trying any more pumpkin muffin recipes now that I've found this one! Using light brown sugar, applesauce and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips were great suggestions, they smell great, taste great and are not too sweet. This was also fun for my toddler to help out with. I'll be making at least three batches (doubling the recipe, too) of these to share at various get-togethers over the next month. Thanks for a great fall baked treat!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 26, 2010

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