Bex Profile - (18466617)

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Living In: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2006
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm 20 years old, and grew up with my mother, who (and I know everyone says this but it's true) is the best cook I've ever seen. I picked up little tips and things from her over the years, however I didn't start really actively cooking until I got into college. I consider myself a "good" cook- I can follow ANY recipe and have it turn out well, but I can't really improvise yet.
My favorite things to cook
Chocolate. Anything chocolate, I love to cook it. I also love anything that is pretty easy to make but makes the guests go "WOW!".
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas cookies! Ever since I was small I've helped my mom make any number of different kinds of cookies and candies. We probably make at least 12 varieties every year. Also, my mom is a stellar hostess and I picked that up from her. Dinner parties, tea parties, wine and cheese get togethers- I love them all.
My cooking triumphs
I'd have to say that last year's holiday party is my greatest cooking triumph. Two roast chickens, three kinds of vegetables, cheese and crackers, homemade bread, mulled cider, fruit, and four different desserts. All on a college student budget.
My cooking tragedies
As of yet I haven't had any really bad tragedies. I think my worst was making stir fry without any corn starch, but it was still tasty. Just a bit soupy.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Cauliflower-Cheese Soup
Excellent, creamy, tasty soup. My favorite comfort soup! I use celery salt instead of actual celery, since I never use celery if I buy it. Other than that I use the recipe as it's written. Super tasty on a cold day with a bit of home-baked bread!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 15, 2008
Tomato-Curry Lentil Stew
Made this today- with a lot of changes- and it's fantastic. I guess it's almost a different recipe, but I felt I should leave my changes here in case anyone wants to try what I did. I omitted the celery and added a chopped carrot and a chopped yukon gold potato. Then I added a half of a cup of vegetable broth, 1/3 cup brown rice, and quadrupled the curry powder (no one ever uses enough! a full tsp is perfect). It is excellent over homemade wheat bread!

84 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 4, 2008
Rosemary's Burger
Fantastically good- though I used 1 tablespoon butter per half pound patty instead, which I think cut down on the "greasiness" mentioned in another review. Also, these were the first burgers I made, and they were super easy and a big hit.

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 27, 2006

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