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Home Town: Clinton, Maryland, USA
Living In: Arlington, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Music
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About this Cook
I love grocery stores, especially ethnic ones. When things are busy it's hard to find time to cook, but I manage. I love my kitchen helper boyfriend, it makes things go faster and is good quality time with him. It's nice because growing up, my mother was a control freak in the kitchen, so now it is my turn to be the boss!
My favorite things to cook
Pastas, pizza, noodles, fried rice, curries, stews, couscous, cookies. I cook vegetarian at home because it's cheap, healthy and easy. Maybe I'll start cooking with meat someday. We'll see.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, frying up anything was always a big deal. Wontons, spring rolls, you name it. Mom would make the filling, the kids would do the wrapping, and dad would man the fryer. I haven't done it since I live on my own now, it doesn't feel right if my parents aren't there.
My cooking triumphs
The first time i successfully got the pizza off the pizza peel and onto the stone!
My cooking tragedies
The time i tried to convert a casserole to be vegetarian and it turned out very very ... badly.
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Choc-Oat-PB Bars
I used natural peanut butter, 1/2 cup less sugar than called for, added 2 tbsps extra cocoa, and substituted quinoa flakes for the oats. The results set up great, and were enjoyed by all. Next time I will use less butter, because the bars, came out a tad on the greasy side. No bake in bar form is definitely the way to go.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 10, 2007
Cornucopia Chili
I was looking for a good chili to experiment with TVP for the first time. The chili turned out great. Halved the recipe to 8 servings. We used 2/3 of the recommended amount of TVP and it was plenty thick. MSG is quite common in TVP, so make sure you choose a brand that does not have MSG! Instead, add some extra salt and hotsauce, and a good couple tbsps of barbecue sauce to the chili. It makes things super tasty and free of questionable chemicals! Thanks!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 21, 2007
Amazing Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
This crust was nice and more wholesome than the usual whitecrust we make. We substituted the salt for 1/2 tsp garlic salt mixed with 1/2 tsp salt. Also we added about a tsp each of basil and oregano to the warm water mixture before adding flour. We used about 1/3 of the dough to make garlic knots (which were BETTER than the pizza) and the rest for a large thick crust pizza. For the garlic knots, we drizzled them with olive oil mixed with garlic salt and oregano and parseley, baked at 425 for 8-10 minutes on olive oil greased baking sheet, and sprinkled with grated parmesan when hot out of the oven. Dip with marinara, they were delicious!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 11, 2006

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