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chibi chef


chibi chef
 
Home Town: Rockville, Maryland, USA
Living In: Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Indian, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I generally prefer to eat healthy, and I like a wide variety of foods. Although tried and true dishes are nice, I love being experimental with food and trying new flavors. I married a wonderful husband, who wasn't so adventurous with food, and was known to be "picky." My challenge is to make healthy food taste good enough for my hubby to love. My idea of "splurging" at the grocery store is getting asparagus on sale that was not on my grocery list, impulse purchase of radishes because they looked so pretty, or buying gourmet sea salt. Larger food pics are posted here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33020241@N06.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything new. I try to incorporate at least one new dish a week so I can satisfy my sense of adventure without stretching my dear hubby too much. I also love grilled food. I make the marinade, but hubby does all the grilling. I call him the master chef griller because everything he turns out on the grill is perfect. His grilled chicken is more moist than any restaurant.
My cooking triumphs
My cooking triumph is turning my husband into a food lover. When I first met him, he said he would prefer if he could get all his nutritional requirements in pill form. He was famous among friends and family for being picky, but not anymore! I've gotten him to try AND LOVE many new foods that he had never before tried, or even given the time of day. He's such a converted foodie, he has even shunned some of his old favorite fast food joints as subpar quality food. It gives me so much pleasure in seeing him savor homemade meals made with fresh, quality ingredients.
My cooking tragedies
I've tried homemade brownies a countless number of times, but they never turn out well. I came pretty close recently, but it still wasn't fudgy enough. The experiment continues for a chewy, chocolately, fudgy brownie. I've also burned every barbeque chicken I've tried to make in the crockpot.
Recipe Reviews 133 reviews
Tiramisu Cheesecake
This cheesecake was ok. I don't usually use flour in my cheesecakes (I've made and sold a lot) but tried it for this recipe. I think it gave it slightly thick texture instead of smooth and melt-in-your-mouth. I didn't have any problems with cracks. Here are my tips for avoiding cracks: do not overmix, butter the sides of the pan REALLY well, and cool slowly. If you butter the sides well, you don't have to run a knife along the edge when done. I try to avoid doing it because it sometimes makes the edges rough. A note on the pan of water on the bottom rack, this is not the same as a bain marie (water bath). A water bath envelops the sides of the pan with water and allows the sides to cook evenly. Putting a pan of water under the cheesecake will not accomplish this. If using a springform, the best thing I found to keep the water out of the pan is encasing the sides and bottom with a crockpot liner. Do not use oven bags (for cooking turkeys). They're unreliable with keeping the water out.

43 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 18, 2010
Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting
Perfect taste but doesn't hold it's shape well enough to pipe onto cupcakes.

30 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 4, 2009
Coconut Cream Pound Cake
A lot of reviewers said was a tad dry, and I agree.

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 4, 2009
 
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