'Ailina Profile - Allrecipes.com (18706365)

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Home Town: Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
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Member Since: Feb. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Italian, Southern
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Camping, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
mother. writer. artist. poet. homeschooler. autodidact. animal lover. student of hula, Hawaiian language and culture.
My favorite things to cook
Dad's Shrimp Creole, Corned Beef Cabbage, Meatloaf, Chunky Potato Ham Soup, Southern Fried Pork Chops, Lemon-Shoyu Chicken, Banana Bread
My favorite family cooking traditions
My cooking triumphs
I'm 100% self-taught and launched into cooking out of necessity; my five kids got sick of eating prepared foods, and I was very ashamed to be living in the South without a lick of cooking talent! Since I love eating Southern food the most, I decided to start there. First goals were learning to fry up chicken and pork chops. I learned to make homemade creamed potatoes and gravy. And I've learned to make cooked vegetables with a decent Southern flavor! My dad was an expert Asian/Hawaiian cook, but he passed before I had a chance to learn from him. My second cooking goal was to learn to make local Hawai'i staples, like Lemon-Shoyu Chicken, Musubi, Banana Bread, Haupia, and Teriyaki Wings. My latest goal is to learn to cook some decent Cajun food, which could be a lifelong endeavor, depending on who you ask. I've got Shrimp Creole down to an art, but I'd really like to learn to make a decent Gumbo!
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Lemon Garlic Tilapia
This recipe meets the criteria for a tasty, healthy, EASY family regular! Perfect for beginners, folks who want something simple to improve their diets, or people who want to eat fish but don't want to spend a lot of time cooking it. Delish!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 14, 2010
Banana Pudding IV
This pudding recipe should be a crime. It's THAT GOOD. (Next time, I'll be reducing to 2-2.5 cups of milk instead of 3. Never thickened for me.)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 13, 2010
Florentine Artichoke Dip
Two words: guilty pleasure. Awesome in every single way. Made it twice in one week.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 8, 2010

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