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Member Since: Feb. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I'm a full-time career girl who finds it rewarding to prepare a tasty dish for a dinner guest, experiment with new recipes and new foods, try new cooking tools, and use new food prep techniques. If I wasn't so good at my current profession, I'd consider becoming a professional chef and spend all my time in the kitchen. My ultimate kitchen will be the centerpiece of my home and will feature lots of natural light, including sky light, and will serve as an in-eat kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
While I enjoy cooking most kinds of foods, I truly love preparing a special family recipe. It fills my kitchen with the familiar scents of my childhood and eases the loneliness of missing my relatives, especially on a holiday. I also love making coffee from any whole-bean variety. It fills the house with that inviting coffee aroma and makes me want to call a friend who I've been wanting to catch up with.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Spaghetti sauce (gravy if you're Italian), cheese lasagna, Thanksgiving sausage stuffing, stuffed mushrooms, stuffed artichokes, french toast, turnip, squash, and pizza.
My cooking triumphs
Over the past few years, I've spent my holidays in the kitchen with my mother learning the secrets to our family recipes. These are sacred traditions that I want to pass on, and I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to learn them. With just one taste of a family recipe, I revisit my childhood all over again, and the holiday spirit brings out the whimsical child in me. For me, there's nothing more nostalgic and treasured than these family traditions.
My cooking tragedies
I don't enjoy preparing foods like custards and puddings that are milk and/or egg-based that can burn easily or change consistency in varying temps. I've tried several recipes on my own, but knowing that I've wasted time and money on a recipe that went kablooey has conditioned me to avoid them altogether.
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers
I made the recipe as written, and it was my first time making any kind of veggie burger. To be open-minded, you really need to disregard your experiences with out-of-the-box products that have more complex texture, such as a well-shaped patty with a slight crunch on the outside. This recipe wasn't intended for that. The flavor reminded me of my homemade black bean soup, which I make by following the recipe on the back on the Bush's can. Ingredients are similar. I used the grating disc on my food processor to handle the pepper and onion, and used a garlic press for the garlic. I tried to avoid having large chunks of any particular ingredient. This worked well. Also, I continued adding bread crumbs (panko was all I had on hand) until the mixture seemed appropriate for shaping patties. I probably ended up with twice the recommended amount. During cooking, the patties were mushy, but surprisingly they didn't fall apart when I flipped them. I cooked them longer than recommended until the patties were golden on top. They were definitely worth making again, although next time I might try skillet cooking them in a little butter to see if this adds some richness to the flavor. It needs a little something more, but I haven't figured out what yet.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 18, 2013
Zucchini Casserole II
I followed the recipe as written, and I was grateful for something that wasn't complicated to make and something new with dinner. I paired it with egg noodles, which my toddler likes, for a simple vegetarian meal. Was a little disappointed that it didn't have more flavor. It was OK and definitely not a bad dish, but nothing special. I think I'll try some modifications as mentioned in these reviews and it other recipes, like using Ritz crackers and see where it leads me.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 18, 2013
Guinness(R) Float
I thought it was just OK. I don't know how much flavor the soda added, but the ice cream added the creaminess.

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Reviewed On: May 16, 2012

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