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Home Town: Houston, Texas, USA
Living In: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Indian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I come from a family of wonderful farm cooks, with the bulk of dinner, and the year's meals, right outside the kitchen door. I was raised in town, and spent as much time as possible on my Aunt and Uncles farm. Over the years my livelihood and eating habits moved away from this tradition, but now that I have a home with a nice sized yard, and I am eating almost exclusively vegetarian meals, I'm gladly returning to my roots!
My favorite things to cook
I love baking breads, making whole-grain pilafs, anything with beans, rice or lentils, root veggies and leafy greens. I also love farm food- mashed potatoes and gravy, pies and jams, fresh tomatoes, corn and green beans, pancakes from scratch, and for my occasional meat relapses, a big juicy cheeseburger with a side of slaw and an Arnie Palmer to wash it down!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Farm cooking, vegetarian, Middle Eastern and Asian. I am not so good at cooking Asian as eating it, though! I am really learning to love Indian foods as well, especially the richly flavored stews from the mid and northern parts of the country. I find the very spicy and exotic flavors of the more southern cultures a bit shocking at times, and so unfamiliar, but am learning to enjoy them from time to time.
My cooking triumphs
Ratatouille and Brioche, followed the recipes in "The Joy of Cooking' to the letter and they were glorious!
My cooking tragedies
There are many...the honey wheat door stops, the chalky-dry venison cutlets, the "Chicken Polyurethane" (that's a log story!). My first independent food disaster was lining a cake pan with plastic wrap rather than parchment paper to prevent sticking. I would have been the perfect encore to the Chicken Polyurethane, but alas, is was spirited off to the landfill before it had the chance!
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Cinnamon Sweet Puffs
I made these in 7th grade home ec class and loved them. They were a little different-we dipped the marshmallows in butter and cinnamon sugar, then wrapped them in dough. I made some of these the old way and the way your recipe states and they were both just yummy!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 26, 2014
High-Fiber, High-Protein Breakfast Bars
These are just great. I didn't have protein powder so I used some dry milk and added a bit more vanilla, also used natural peanut butter throughout. They have just the right sweetness, hold together well and are very satisfying! I'm going to try adding some chopped nuts or dry fruit next time. I also want to try Nutella. Mmmmmm, Nutella...

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 16, 2014
Aloo Phujia
This was a delicious dish and just in time. I harvested one hill of potatoes today and the tomatoes are at their peak. The only suggestion I have is to peel and seed the tomatoes, and I used less oil-just my habit. I served this on a bed of steamed shredded kale and added some ground black pepper at the table. I'll make this again!!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 26, 2013

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