Jessica Profile - (18691630)

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Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Living In: Los Angeles, California, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Healthy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Missouri native living in LA. I like to be creative when I cook. The weirder it sounds, the more excited I am to try it. And I'm trying to stay heart healthy from now on.
My favorite things to cook
Anything in the crock pot! Party food. I'm having fun these days experimenting with stuffed chicken. Homemade dips and salad dressings. I also love Thai food, so I'm trying to learn more Thai recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother used to chase me out of the kitchen. I learned to cook using this site. Seriously.
My cooking triumphs
I have what some call the "perfect" pot of chili. Amazing pulled pork off the grill, gone in seconds at a party. I can make Mexican food Mexicans go crazy for. I do a vegetarian lasagne that my carnivorous boyfriend loves. The roast pork recipe from this site was a enormous hit with my friends. Successfully mastering an Indian dish made me feel particularly proud.
My cooking tragedies
Spending hours making a black bean soup, only to find the beans didn't cook properly because I'd added tomato and salt too early. The beans were hard and the soup was completely inedible. Make sure your beans are soft before adding anything else! I can't do baked goods. Baking Soda + Me = Disaster. I don't like sweets too much anyway. Perhaps my lack of passion for desserts is what makes me a bad baker.
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Chilled Cucumber Yogurt Soup
This is outstanding, but you HAVE to let the flavors develop, I don't recommend serving immediately. I tasted it right after blending and thought "what's so dang special?" Then I came home 4 hours later and it was amazing. Very refreshing one a hot summer night. One note: the raw garlic really screams though, which I love, but use a bit less if you don't care for garlicy food. Only adjustment I make now is to add green onions.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 16, 2012
Apple Bacon Tomato Soup
I love this soup, I've made it several times, once for a party. It's interesting and unique, but simple enough to appease picky tastes. I make 3 small changes: 1. Saute the onions and garlic in a few tbsps of the reserved bacon grease 2. Replace 1 cup of the beef stock with APPLE CIDER! 3. Throw everything into a crock pot for 6 hours on low after the browning the onion/garlic. Just makes the process a bit easier.

18 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2011
Sunshine Hummus Melts
What an unexpectedly awesome sandwich! Apples + Hummus is an amazing flavor combo. I use whole wheat rolls and toast them on my stovetop. Once I threw a small handful of spinach between the apples and cheese to add some vegetable, that was great too. Slice the apples as thin as you can, they way they get "cooked" a bit more during broiling, which really brings out the tangy sweetness.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 19, 2011

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