GELOGENIC Profile - (1858668)


Home Town: Washington, D.C., USA
Living In: Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Genealogy, Wine Tasting
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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad assembled
components of Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Turkey Posole
About this Cook
Married later in life (at 38): one husband, four cats, no kids, four brothers(& in-law), five sisters(& in-law), six nephews, three nieces, two godsons, one goddaughter.
My favorite things to cook
Not so much WHAT as HOW. I love to cook with my husband. We have a good rhythm and balance when we work together. It's okay to admit to the other when we're lost, need help, or think we've nailed it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm Mexican on my father's side, so I grew up with enchiladas, homemade tortillas and salsas, and Jalape├▒os on the table for every meal. We've made tamales from scratch for the Christmas Eve meal for as long as I can remember. But I love many other cuisines as well.
My cooking triumphs
Even though I've been cooking since childhood, one of the best things I did to increase my confidence was a six-session cooking basics class from a professional chef's academy. As much as I love the Food Network, the hands-on experience trumps observing an expert ANY day. Thanks to the class, my B├ęchamel sauce ROCKS! Now-a-days, I'm comfortable adjusting recipes on the fly and improvising dishes from what we have on hand.
My cooking tragedies
Why would I tell? ;-) The best thing to do is learn from them so you do better next time.
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Grape and Feta Salad
This dish deserves more visibility! I was searching for a way to use radishes, lettuce, & carrots from this week's crop share box and found this under-appreciated gem. Agree that toasting the nuts is a must! Used one head of (red leaf) lettuce, skipped the broccoli. Almost left out tomatoes because didn't have any Roma, but went with about 4 Tbsp. diced from a can - and glad I did. Very satisfying, full of complimentary flavors, great crunchy textures!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2015
Country Apple Dumplings
Amazingly delicious dessert for not a lot of effort. Appreciated the comments for coating the apple in cinnamon sugar before wrapping in pastry; using 2 parts white sugar to 1 part brown; and the tip to let the butter and sugars simmer until it pulls from the sides of the pan before adding cinnamon and vanilla. Next time I plan on using ginger beer in place of Mountain Dew!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 19, 2014
Collard Greens and Beans
Partner said this actually let him enjoy collard greens. I was absolutely gobsmacked that I enjoyed it! Per reviews, used chicken broth in place of water and added sausage along with the beans to make it more of a main dish. What really added some umph! was mixing the red pepper flakes, sugar, and cider vinegar at the very start. The vinegar was infused with the spiciness by the time it went in to the pot. I've tried various ways to like collard greens and end up throwing away most of a yucky recipe. Thanks to this recipe, we won't be struggling over what to do with the collard greens that appear so often in our weekly CSA box. We didn't just tolerate it - we loved it!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2014

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