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Home Town: Santa Cruz, California, USA
Living In: Sacramento, California, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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  • Coquito
  • Coquito  
    By: Brandy
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About this Cook
I have been happily married for 12 years and have 2 rambunctious boys ages 6 and 2. I love to entertain and try out new things on my "guinea pigs" and sometimes its great, other times I have to apologise:) I wouldn't consider myself an expert by any means, but I'm learning and branching out more and more and it's a fun journey.
My favorite things to cook
I have fun cooking Middle Eastern food. It's just so different from our every day stuff that I generally make, like Mexican, Italian, etc. And my husband, who hates to cook, is from the Israel, so I like to see how it turns out against food he grew up on.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite food in the whole wide world is my grandmother's potato salad and baked beans. Growing up, every time we would go up to visit, she would have a big batch of potato salad and beans waiting just for me. Even now as an adult with kids of my own, she still has it waiting when my family comes to visit. With my own kids now, every Sunday during the holidays, we make Christmas pancakes. I have molds of a Christmas tree, snowman, snowflake, and a gingerbread man and they have a blast eating it.
My cooking triumphs
The candy I made last Christmas was definately a triumph for me. I had been so averse to making candy for years and years and when I finally did it, I found out it wasn't so hard after all.
My cooking tragedies
I remember the first time I made filet minon I completely charred it. Not good...
Recipe Reviews 104 reviews
First time making (and even hearing about) Coquitos and I'm hooked. I followed the recipe exactly, made a triple batch for New Year's Eve, and everyone loved it. Will make again this holiday season!

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Reviewed On: May 9, 2015
Corn Dogs
First time making homemade and these are it! I dried and rolled the dogs in flour first to make the batter stick better as reviewers suggested. Worked perfectly. These are super quick and easy to pull together and would be great as minis in kids' lunches as well.

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Reviewed On: May 4, 2014
Asian Chicken Salad
No words to describe the yummy goodness going on in my mouth as I eat it at this very moment. I could DRINK the dressing by itself. Only change was I used the crunchy chow mein noodles instead of frying up rice nooodles.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 9, 2013
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