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Home Town: Sebastopol, California, USA
Living In: Guerneville, California, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I live in the wine country were I am fortunate enough to experience a wide variety of flavors. Good weather year round makes it easy to cook with fresh, seasonal ingredients. I am a part time caterer and love the challenge of creating wonderful food for people on a budget.
My favorite things to cook
I love to use ingredients in creative ways without being to "out there".
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't really have any.
My cooking triumphs
A cocktail party with only appetizers that had everyone impressed. Even me! All the recipes were not ones I'd tried before, just sounded like they would work.
My cooking tragedies
I wish I was a better baker. I don't measure precisely which is important. My twelve year old daughter has taken up that task.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Delicious Ham and Potato Soup
Oh yeah, baby.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 20, 2009
Cheesy Baked Cauliflower
I don't believe in down grading a recipe that I've changed. I would have graded this a 4 star based on reviews had I not modified a few things. First, I steamed florets for 10 minutes. I used 2t mayo and 2t dijon. I used a pastry brush to brush on, as evenly as I could, the sauce. I sprinkled a little parm on it. I get overwhelmed easily by parm. I then grated a little mild cheddar over the top. I omitted the dotting with butter part completely and instead I sauted 1/2 cup of plain breadcrumbs in a little bit of olive oil until golden. I added a pinch of salt to the breadcrumbs but should have added more. I covered dish with crumbs then baked. All I can say is my husband ate cauliflower for the first time in his life and went back for seconds. Amazing! I will be adding this recipe to my reportoire for sure!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 4, 2009
Beef Martini
We thought this was great! I have to take issue with TARA1218 though. Vodka tastes very different then gin so you completely changed the flavor of the marinade. Of course it wasn't as good, you didn't follow the recipe! I'm sorry but I get so annoyed when I see people make many substitutions to a recipe and then gripe that it was just "okay".

39 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 22, 2008
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