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SquidTheKitchenEnthusiast


SquidTheKitchenEnthusiast
 
Home Town: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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Member Since: Sep. 2013
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I'm still new to the wide world of cooking, but I absolutely love making Chinese dishes. It's one of my favorite cuisines anyway, but I already know that most of the dishes are salt laden and highly caloric. I know I'm no miracle worker, but at least with home prepping, I can have a taste that's somewhat similar (and pretty filling) plus I can sort of modify it enough to help fit into my die. Kinda like having your cake and eating it too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
As a kid mom would always recruit me to help with any cakes or pies that she needed made for the holidays. I always got really excited----even if most of the pies were the powdery 'Just-add-water'-esque type. For the other scratch cakes, she'd just add everything to a bowl and let me mix away (assisted). As I got older, Mom gave me more freedom in the kitchen. Instead of asking me to fix something, she lets me take over the baking for any and all occasions. Working beside her can be a challenge, but I love bonding with her.
My cooking tragedies
I'm a lover of experimenting in the kitchen, but my worst yet has to be my take on homemade black bean veggie burgers. To this day I don't know where I went wrong, but I knew from first bite that it was something I never wanted to taste again. It was gummy....yet crunchy. One day I will find another recipe and try it again though. Defeat isn't an option! >:O
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Black Magic Cake
Perfect. Just... perfect. Like others stated I was put off by the thin batter. I'm such a kitchen klutz (and a regular klutz) that I figured I had missed a step or ingredient somewhere. Convinced that the cake was ruined, I took the loss and put it into the stove anyway. What came out after nearly 55 minutes (40 minnutes wasn't enough. The cake was still really wet) was pure bliss. It was chocolaty. It was moist. My mom thoroughly enjoyed it, though initially she wanted nothing to do with the cake out of fear that it would taste like coffee (but who doesn't like coffee? Weird). I couldn't find a single hint of it in the cake. Just a rich chocolate flavor. Too bad in my hurry I opted for frosting-in-a-can. Nothing wrong with it, but I'd love to make a frosting that pairs with it. Definitely my new go-to chocolate cake recipe!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2014
Creamy Mushroom Soup
Oh I am in love with this recipe. On the night I prepared it, there was a big storm coming through which killed the power as I was cutting the mushrooms. But instead of placing this on the back burner, I followed through it with estimated measurements and the backlight of my cellphone to guide me. Originally I wanted the soup to be creamier, but without power, blenders and mixers were out of the question (there wasn't sufficient lighting to cut the mushrooms and I for one love my fingers). Even through it all, this soup came out as a smash hit. There weren't any major changes added here except chicken broth being replaced with beef, and both white and portabella mushrooms being used in the place of shiitake. A few more spices were added, but that's neither here nor there. A friend of mine try this soup reheated yesterday (she's my food guinea pig ---always up to taste my concoctions). Not only did she fall in love with this, but she has even asked that I make a larger batch this weekend. Definitely a keeper!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 15, 2014
Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip
The first time I made this was on New Years Eve. I was pretty skeptical since I'm not big on blue cheese, but figured it would taste better than ranch of all things *blech*. A few people in my group shared their skepticism as well. Most either hate hot foods or just don't care for the taste of blue cheese either. Even so, I'm someone who likes to be adventurous, and the finished product in the video looked so amazing that I couldn't ignore this recipe any longer. The end result was perfect. In fact, every single person who shared their doubts about it (myself included) wound up coming back for seconds and then thirds. By New Years day the bowl was literally picked clean. I have made this again during the Super Bowl season, and will be making it in the near future. Highly addictive!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2014
 
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