CHRISMAR1 Profile - (18830623)

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Home Town: Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Living In: Camp Zama, Kanagawa, Japan
Member Since: Jul. 2004
Cooking Level: Not Rated
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
We move around a lot due to career, and I enjoy trying new cuisine and recipes wherever we are!
My favorite things to cook
1)Easy recipes with few steps!! 2)ANYTHING CHOCOLATE!!!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking bread with my Mom and sister, now with my girls as well; beginning new cooking traditions with my daughters
My cooking triumphs
Birthday cakes I make for my children--whether they turn out perfect or not, the girls love them because they were made with love!
My cooking tragedies
The most memorable to me is the first time I ever cooked rice all by myself--I was 18 and staying in my Grandmother's home in Mexico. It was so dry, she had to feed it to the chickens! I'll never make dry rice again...
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Penne Pasta with Veggies
I made this for a potluck, and actually, everyone loved it, but I made some revisions: I had to use pre-cooked bacon because prosciutto isn't available where I live, also, I thought it would become really soggy if I put it in the butter/tomato mixture, so I just mixed the bacon and some extra minced garlic right into the veggies and pasta before tossing them with the butter/tomato mixture. Which brings me to the butter--it's too much. Next time, I will use only 1/4 cup of butter mixed with most of the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes. Oh, I just read other reviews and realized I was not alone in thinking it was too much butter and needed some of the sun-dried tomato oil!! Anyway, it was delicious when those changes were made! Next time, I want to put in pine nuts and maybe even some pesto...definitely some fresh basil! Oh, ps, I used gluten free pasta and it worked fine...

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2012
Margarita Punch
I made this for a baby shower, but I revised it a bit, using the technique I saw on a video on this website: I mixed the concentrates, the powdered sugar, 2 cans of water & some (sorry, I'm not much of a measurer), Margarita mix for flavor in a bowl. Then I poured the mixture into a plastic bag that was inside a pitcher for stability (the recipe is best divided into 2 gallon size zip lock bags). Then, I put those in the freezer over night (or however long ahead you want). Then just before serving, I put the frozen mixture in a punch bowl and added two cans of lemon-lime soda and two cans of club soda and mixed it until it was all slushy. Everyone loved it and said it was very refreshing!...and I only now realized I forgot to add the garnish of thinly cut limes!

14 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 21, 2012
Baked Flan
Was looking for a gluten free but delicious dessert, so I decided to try this recipe for a baby shower and it turned out perfectly! The only changes I made were to increase the carmelized sugar to 2 batches of 3/4 cup (I increased the 2/3 to 3/4, but that still wasn't enough, so I repeated time I'll do 1+ cup with some water) and to use almond flavoring instead of the vanilla. Everyone LOVED it--even people who didn't usually like flan! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 21, 2012
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