CarrieOsman Profile - (1855599)

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Living In: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2000
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
41 years old, married, love to cook, have always been interested in food and in food preparation. My brother is a professional chef.
My favorite things to cook
I'll try just about anything, but I usually like variations on "comfort foods" - soups, stews, macaroni and cheese, potatoes and the like. Not very healthy, admittedly, but sometimes you just don't care. Unfortunately, since being diagnosed diabetic in 2012, I've had to learn new methods and new ways of food preparation and eating. I look forward to the challenge, however.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We had to make do with very little when I was young, so my mom had to figure out creative ways to use chicken (which was very cheap at the time).
My cooking triumphs
My first Thanksgiving dinner in the winter of 2000. I had cooked a huge meal (nearly all of the dishes were from this site, too) for my now ex-husband's family, and I was very, very nervous. But to my utter delight, it all turned out very well, and there wasn't a thing left at the end of the night. I didn't really even get to eat anything, as I was so tired from cooking all day! But that was the day that I knew I'd mastered at least a beginner's proficiency in the kitchen. I was very proud of myself.
My cooking tragedies
Two stand out in my mind: 1. The first time I attempted to make mashed potatoes. I left the skins on and I thought I'd be bright and make a "casserole" out of it by adding a can of tunafish. Only one word to describe it: eeeeeewwwwww!!!!! (Well, hey, I was only thirteen. Teehee!) 2. I was around the same age, thirteen or so. It was the first time I attempted to make Jello. Can you believe it? How can you screw up something as simple as Jello? You've just met the person who did! 8-)
Recipe Reviews 49 reviews
Easy Pork and Sauerkraut
I found that the sauerkraut tasted a bit too "apple-y" for me (I like my kraut with a bit of tang). It could be due to the beer/cider that I'd used (Angry Orchard original), so I may attempt this with a different type of beer. The pork chops were great, however; nice and tender. I would probably recommend a light beer as opposed to a dark ale-type.

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Reviewed On: May 28, 2013
Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup
This soup was actually quite good! However, I would definitely add and improve to this, as the flavor on its own is a little bland for my taste. I had to substitute some items, however. Instead of white button mushrooms, I used portobella caps and I think it made the soup a lot heartier than it would have been. I also omitted the tomato and celery, added a generous helping of rice vinegar (about 1/2 cup), and used a LOT MORE soy sauce than what it called for (about 1/4 cup or so). (I like my soup salty and sour!) This was really good and filling. For those on Weight Watchers: as made, 1 serving equals 4 PlusPoints. Delicious. Thanks, Kathleen!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 3, 2011
Banana Banana Bread
This is very good banana bread! I made it exactly as written - the only substitution I had to make was that I didn't have whole eggs, only egg whites in the carton - but it worked just as well. I was careful not to overmix the batter. It worked out very well for me - lots of banana flavor. Wonderful!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2009

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