Kitsune Profile - (187753128)

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Home Town: Houghton Lake, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
Hello all, I'm Kitsune. I live in the middle of nowhere with my charming boyfriend and our 3 naughty cats, and I work at a bank as a billing disputes specialist. Aside from cooking, some things I enjoy are books, gardening, tea, writing, painting, learning to play the Celtic harp, British TV (more than just Doctor Who, although I do love DW!), Japanese anime and manga, fairy and elf mythology, collecting crystals, Warhammer 40K, and spending time with friends. I'm a nerd and kind of a big kid, and probably always will be. But that's what makes me fun, right?
My favorite things to cook
For everyday meals I cook a lot of chicken and fish - my favorites are haddock, tuna, and cod. I like to try recipes from different countries (especially German, Russian, and various Asian cuisines). When I have time in the mornings, I also love to cook breakfast dishes - quiche, souffle, coffee cake, etc. I grow herbs in my backyard, so I love to cook with them every chance I get ^_^
My favorite family cooking traditions
We have a lot of German recipes that have been passed down in our family, as well as a spaghetti sauce recipe that is about 5 generations old now. My father likes to cook meals and my mother always made the desserts, so I learned from both of them at a young age :3 My favorite family recipes are Spaetzle (German egg noodles) and of course our spaghetti sauce!
My cooking triumphs
I've never made a cheesecake that didn't turn out nicely ^_^ My favorite varieties to make are Meyer lemon, Black Forest, and pumpkin. The next recipe I want to try is for a Spumoni cheesecake! Also, every generation of my family puts a slightly different spin on our spaghetti sauce recipe, and my version has been pretty popular ^_^ If I make a lot of it, I can add beans and seasonings to make a great chili the next day!
My cooking tragedies
I would say the worst one was my last-minute vegetarian was the day before payday (always a sad day for food when you're in college) and I was trying to use up what we had in the fridge. I think they would have been fine if I hadn't used the awful whole-wheat fat-free flour tortillas - it was like trying to eat wet, spicy cheese-stuffed cardboard o_O Heh...even the dog had no interest in them!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Mom's Breakfast Strata
Delicious! I used sharp white Cheddar, left out the ham and green pepper, and added spinach and artichoke hearts. Also added a touch of garlic salt and white pepper. I did find it needed to cook about 20 minutes more than the recipe stated (but our oven tends to require more time as a rule). I'll definitely be making this for breakfast again during the holidays!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2012
Baked Mac and Cheese for One
I've been using this as the basis of my macaroni and cheese recipe for years! I always make a larger batch of it and I've tweaked the amounts of Worcestershire and mustard to suit everyone's tastes, but it's a great recipe ^_^

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 14, 2012
Pork Chops in Red Sauce
We make this at least twice a month at our house - it's so simple to prepare and tastes wonderful! I can't find beef bouillon cubes around here so I use 2 of the liquid packets instead and add 1/4 c. of water to the sauce (any more water seems too much). I also add a little garlic salt to the sauce before I pour it over the chops. It's great with mashed potatoes ^_^

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 14, 2012

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