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Living In: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Modified PPP Casserole
About this Cook
I'm a graphic designer in the greater Cleveland area.
My favorite things to cook
Attempting new, unusual things. We all need to spice up our normal eating routine now and again, because eating burgers and chicken and spaghetti all the time gets boring! SPICE IT UP!
My cooking triumphs
When I was a poor college grad, I once spent two weeks using only what I had in my pantry to make really good meals. I had to get really creative with spices and sides... I made Italian wedding soup, homemade pizza, some kind of lime and cilantro rice/bean thing, and lots more.
My cooking tragedies
Snickerdoodles... I was probably 16 at the time, making snickerdoodles for the first time. Somewhere in the middle of making them the page got turned and I didn't notice... somehow omitted the sugar and they came out completely inedible. We put all sorts of stuff on them to try to sweeten them up - honey, powdered sugar, icing - but they were really disgusting.
Recipe Reviews 65 reviews
Butternut Squash and Shiitake Mushroom Wild Rice Risotto
In a word: AMAZING! I made a few substitutions and had to play the cooking time by ear: used Orzo pasta instead of Arborio rice since I just couldnt find any, and canned mushrooms instead of fresh shitake (which I'm sure means itd be even BETTER with fresh mushrooms!!!), but it still came out absolutely FABULOUS! And the plus side was Orzo takes a much shorter cooking time. The flavor is pretty intense, so maybe better as a side than a main dish? The cheese makes this VERY rich and savory. SO GOOD!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 25, 2013
Sweet Potato Oranges
As stated, I give it 4 stars. I only used 1/2 the amount of recommended sugar, and it was FABULOUS, definitely 5 starts! Oh my goodness, nothing but rave reviews at Christmas dinner. I wound up with lots of leftover potato mix and not enough oranges to fill, so I baked it like sweet potato pie for another potluck party with a candied pecan topping.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 16, 2013
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Best. Cheesecake. EVER... even my dad and father-in-law (not a cheesecake fans) loved it. I did follow some other reviewers' advice, added a little extra white chocolate, doubled the amount of crust, and put the cake in a water bath. When the hour of cooking was up, I turned off the oven and let it sit for another hour in the cooling oven. It was perfect! Also, I substituted strawberries for raspberries since it's what I had and wanted to get rid of. Absolutely wonderful!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 9, 2013
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