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Elaine


Elaine
 
Home Town: Carmichael, California, USA
Living In: Shasta Lake, California, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
So many favorite things to cook, so little time! One of my favorite things is to cook a roasted chicken with chipotle sauce and rosemary on it (got it out of the Chevy's cookbook); after that I love to experiment with breads and desserts, especially chocolate or lemon desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Roast Turkey, pumpkin pie, and homemade Apple Pie are included in the family's favorite holiday meals. My mother was very fond of Apple Cobbler and every Sunday my grandmother would make "Babka', a yeast bread which is a kind of big loaf raisin and brown sugar Brioche. It was our Sunday breakfast for years. Grandma never measured anything, she just threw the ingredients together until she was satisfied; she would always set the bread to rise on the floor over the heat registers.
My cooking triumphs
The other night I realized I had run out of those little bricks of Achiote Paste, a key ingredient in my fajitas marinade. it was Sunday and no local Mexican markets were open, no local superstores carried it, so I created my own fajita marinade for chicken. My husband raved about it! I put in chili powder, oregano, garlic, paprika, cumin, cilantro, pineapple juice, lime juice, orange juice and white wine vinegar. The company meal was rescued, and everyone declared they liked it far better than my other marinade.
My cooking tragedies
One Christmas Eve, I got third-hand information on how to brine a turkey. This person raved about the juiciest, most flavorful turkey ever made- so I decided to try it. What we did on Christmas for dinner, after that first bite of turkey, I will never recall, but I must have missed a step in the process- it was soooooo salty and completely inedible! Even the gravy was unbelievably salty! My mouth puckers at the memory!
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Homemade Flour Tortillas
Outstanding flavor! My husband thought i should open restaurant with these. The only thing is as divided this makes very SMALL tortillas. We like ours a little bigger, so I used more dough per tortilla.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 31, 2009
Lime Cilantro Rice
Very good flavor, very, very easy indeed! Just like the rice at Chipotle's! We used it the first night as an accompaniment to some Lemon-Cilantro Chicken, and fluffed and heated it up the next night for fajitas!

49 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 31, 2009
Banana Banana Bread
This is the best and easiest Banana Bread recipe ever! So moist and delicious. Sometimes to zip it up a bit we add 1 cup of chopped pecans. My daughter has been baking this recipe on her own since she was 6 years old (I help put the batter in the pan).

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 20, 2008
 
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