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chef karin

chef karin
Home Town: Des Plaines, Illinois, USA
Living In: Bartlett, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2006
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Blueberry Pound Cake
Scottish Shortbread
About this Cook
I am a professional Chef/Instructor with a degree in Culinary Arts. I am married to the most wonderful man in the world ... we were married in June 2007 onboard a cruise ship docked in Manhattan. It was beautiful - our friends and family were there - and the food at the reception was incredible!! People tell my husband that he's lucky to be married to a chef - he tells them he's lucky to be married to me, and I happen to be a chef. And I just have to get this off my chest. I have an "allrecipes pet peeve" ... don't give a recipe five stars and then go on and on about how you didn't actually follow the recipe - you didn't make the original recipe if you substituted apple sauce for oil, used different flour, etc. UGH that bothers me!!!
My favorite things to cook
Anything and everything.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Gram used to make sure everyone's favorite was on the table, even if it meant making 3 main entrees and 10 side dishes. I really admired her for that because it showed the emotional connection that food has with people.
My cooking triumphs
I once served a homemade blueberry pie at a family get together and my brother proclaimed it was the best pie he'd ever had. That touched me.
My cooking tragedies
While a culinary student, a chef/instructor stated that my Hollandaise tasted like "frothy eggs" ... you can bet that I make the best Hollandaise sauce in the world now.
Recipe Reviews 22 reviews
Wonderful Waffles
I agree it could use a TOUCH more sugar (I don't put a lot of syrup on my waffles) ... but the exterior crunch, color, and tenderness inside can't be beat.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 2, 2013
Slow Cooker Carnitas
This was so simple and so delicious. I like a little citrusy taste so I added two oranges, cut in half and squeezed, to the braising liquid. We used 5 pounds of pork shoulder and I doubled the spices (based on reviews) but next time would probably add some kind of spice with kick like adobo chili powder, and definitely more salt. I served them with tortillas (soft and chips), salsa, avocado, lime, refried beans, and spanish rice for a make your own taco dinner. The next day my husband made me quesadillas with some of the leftovers and they were to DIE for. I will most definitely be making this again in the future and then portioning and freezing the left overs - there are so versatile and delicious. Thank you, Erin!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 29, 2012
Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts
Great basic yeast dough recipe. I proofed it in the mixing bowl, then rolled it and cut it out into doughnuts and holes. Froze them on a sheet pan, pulled them out the next morning and let them thaw at room temp. Fried til golden brown in 380 degree oil. Didn't use the glaze - rolled them in sugar and served with chocolate, cream cheese, and blueberry dipping sauces. Delicious recipe. Thank you!!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2012
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