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Tanya C

Tanya C
Home Town: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Living In: Dayton, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a mother of two toddlers. I am mostly self-taught cooking-wise, though had 2 grandmas who were both excellent cooks and also learned lots from them. I used to read cookbooks in college for "fun" couch reading. I love food: cooking new foods, eating new foods, as well as the old classics. My favorite part of vacations is trying new restaurants with different ethnic backgrounds or great seafood restaurants on the coast which is a nice diversion from the great midwest.
My favorite things to cook
I love an assortment of foods. While I love to venture into the gourmet and advanced recipes, I also love the basic home-style comfort foods. Meatloaf and mashed potatoes has to be one of my favorites. But it's so hard to pick one. I love making Cobb salad, chili, quiche. My main focus is healthy food that's delicious (increased fiber, low fat, lots of colorful veggies and whole grains), and ingraining an appreciation for good, whole food in my kids.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother, mother and I used to gather in December to make kleijner (I've seen lots of different spellings, it's a Danish deep fat fried cookie-donut). We also made Danish kisses, peppernuts, and divinity. This is now too much work for me to do alone, maybe some day when my kids get older we can resume this tradition. I can also make a mean aebleskiver (Danish pancake balls). I found an awesome old cast iron aebleskiver pan on eBay! My grandma was so good--it was my grandfather who was 100% Danish. My grandmother was 100% German. Wished she also did some German cooking, which I also love.
My cooking triumphs
Paella--it was amazing how perfectly it turned out the 1st and only time I've made it. The rice was perfectly done, the seafood perfectly done, nice crust on the bottom of the rice as is traditional preference. My mother-in-law gave me a jar of saffron so I made paella for a big family gathering. It was so good, I'm afraid to make it again 'cause doubt it could be so good the 2nd time.
My cooking tragedies
There have been many (burned rice and burned popcorn are the worst), but none that had a large crowd as witness, which are the really funny ones. Which is amazing because for some crazy reason I usually make a new recipe that I've never tried for entertaining. Maybe my success is due to getting most of my recipes from allrecipes.com. :) I do recall an oven fire at one point, which I refused to use a fire extinguisher on because I didn't want to ruin the food. It burned itself out, and the food survived unscathed. Must've been a flash grease fire.
Recipe Reviews 27 reviews
Easy, Dynamite Cauliflower Curry
Excellent mixed with cooked brown rice and baked in casserole for full meal. Could add cooked chicken if desired. I'm not a big curry fan, but LOVE the way the curry and Dijon plays off the mayo and cheese. Similar to a baked chicken and broccoli divan dish I've made.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 12, 2014
Gobble Up Granola Snacks
Got rave reviews from school--my daughter took for snacks. I doubled recipe, still used 9x13 pan, and cut 6 rows x 4 rows for 24 bars total. Could probably add another row for smaller bars since they are thicker. Cutting/chopping bars with metal serving spatula worked much better than a knife. I reduced brown sugar and added salt per other reviewers. I used 1/2 crispy rice cereal, and 1/2 honey nut Cheerios. Given the sweetness of the recipe, I would probably go with plain Cheerios next time. I like the chopped pretzel idea for next time also. Is a fun recipe you could vary in many ways.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 11, 2011
Scalloped Corn and Broccoli
While the thought of combining broccoli and corn was not appealing to me, I had all of the ingredients and wanted a quick side dish. It was delicious and everyone really liked it. Although I consider creamed corn pretty mushy, the corn added an amazing crunch and sweetness in contrast to the broccoli. I used about 1 cup Cheddar, 1/2 (16 oz.) package broccoli florets (I didn't bother thawing or chopping), and tossed in some chopped frozen spinach for a little more green. I could see trying a variety of veggies--cauliflower, peas, carrots, etc. Will definitely use this recipe again, and will double it -- the leftovers were great too. Another bonus--I threw this together in about five minutes literally--no chopping, just tossed it all and mixed (I did not premix eggs/flour). I coated large casserole with Pam and baked covered.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 21, 2011
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