PHYTOGIRLC Profile - (18843528)

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Home Town: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Living In: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I wanted to cook since I was a very little girl, mostly because my mother is such a great cook. Being a scientist, cooking remains appealing to me. It really is about chemistry!
My favorite things to cook
Chilis, soups, fresh vegetables, cakes, and candies. Since I love sushi, I plan to experiment with that soon.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family requests cakes (decorated, of course) from me for birthdays and other celebrations. Holidays are full of fudges, spiced nuts, and other traditional candies. A new favorite I started making around the holidays are pfeferneusse, the little spicy German cookies. (Did I spell that right?)
My cooking triumphs
I won a very close third place in a recent chili cook-off, actually using a recipe from this site: Habenero Hellfire Chili.
My cooking tragedies
When I was 13, I wanted to cook a four-course dinner for my family. They complimented me on my fudge, which was actually supposed to be chocolate mousse :)
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Chef John's Gazpacho
Hands-down, this is the BEST gazpacho recipe I've ever tried! Incredibly flavorful with a fantastic balance of flavors and the perfect consistency. Definitely worth the bit of time. Make a day ahead so the flavors develop.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 29, 2013
Spanish Rice II
This recipe is good, easy to prepare, and yields consistent results -- I have made this twice. The consistency is a little chewier than I care for, so perhaps I'll reduce the water a bit. Also, I don't seem to get much flavor from the chilis as written: in a can of diced tomatoes and chilis. I might prefer to saute diced fresh chilis with the onions and green pepper, though that adds another step. Also, 1 tsp of salt wasn't enough to bring out the flavors, so if it seems a little bland, try adding more.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 9, 2012
Risotto with Butternut Squash and White Beans
Fantastic recipe! I followed it as written, and it yielded a perfectly cooked and seasoned risotto. I added quite a fair amount of salt and pepper to bring out the flavor. Also, the squash and beans add some starchiness to the dish that makes this meal a bit heartier and perhaps more suited to cool weather compared to other risottos. I will make this again!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 9, 2012
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