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The Magpie

The Magpie
Home Town: Birmingham, Michigan, USA
Living In: Callaway, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Fishing, Reading Books, Music
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Out the front door :)
About this Cook
I'm really a fibergeek -- I also weave and spin -- who likes to eat cheap and well ;) I don't believe that there is any food group that is "bad" for you, just that everything should be taken in moderation. Though we are not vegetarian, my husband and I have several friends who are so finding something that accomodates us all sometimes can be a challenge. I used to be married to a guy who was aprofessional chef, who was trained at the CIA in New York; I learned a great deal from him. Even though he's gone his way and I've gone mine, I have a lot to thank him for in this regard.
My favorite things to cook
Wow! Andalusian Spanish, Russian, Greek and German foods are my favorites. I love fresh foods and don't tend to buy canned or prepared foods at all if it can be avoided. My husband and I have fairly sophisticated palates, so spicy, piquant things tend to be our favorites.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My heritage is Russian and German, so those are the most familiar items in my repertoire. My husband is Scottish and German. Though Spanish is not part of our heritage, it has become a favorite at our house.
My cooking triumphs
Feeding 200 people a full, gourmet and historically documentable five-course meal using only a tailgate barbecue.
My cooking tragedies
The Infamous Smelt-Cake Incident. While my husband and I were still dating, we decided to have a dinner party. I wanted to make something special; and since it was early spring, I thought making Smelt a la Benedictine as an appetizer would be wonderful. We can't get fresh smelt down here in Virginia like we could up north, but the grocery store did have frozen smelt so I thought I'd substitute them. Eww. Suffice it to say, I remain unsure what other people do with those frozen smelt but they sure as heck didn't work for this. When dinner was served, I tasted one and discovered, to my horror, that the fish was a bit off. Everyone had "the look" -- while their mouths were saying, "this is delicious," their faces looked as if they'd bitten into lemons. Fortunately the rest of the dinner (chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and feta with fresh, steamed asparagus and a tomato salad) was a success, but what a beginning!!
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa
This was simple and a terrific base for doing lots of other things :) I made it up last night, added a cup of corn after it was finished cooking, and wrapped it up with some cheese in flour tortillas to make chimichangas. Next time I do it, I'd like to add some chopped ancho or anaheim chilies to make it spicier. The texture came out perfectly and it was a terrific treat for supper. Thanks so much for sharing, lizbot!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 8, 2013
Filipino Beef Steak
This recipe was good, but strangely kind of bland. Personally, one of the things I'd like to try next time is to add a chili or two to it. I've also considered using orange instead of lemon juice and maybe adding a mango to the marinade as well. Thank you, Iola, for sharing it anyway! It will make a fine take-off point for further experimentation :)

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Reviewed On: May 18, 2013
Roasted Pork Shoulder with Pomegranate Sauce
Felicia, thank you so much for the terrific photo! You do nice work, lady ;D and it makes the dish look wonderful. Much appreciated! -- mags

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 1, 2008
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