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Jajam


Jajam
 
Home Town: Chatham, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Ventura, California, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Southern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers
Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers
About this Cook
I'm a retired social worker who is married to a guy who goes around bragging about my cooking. We have two daughters and 5 grandchildren, some of whom spend quite a bit of time with us. My life centers around my family.
My favorite things to cook
I get a lot of satisfaction from making anything that I can share with friends and family, especially pastries. I am always happy when I manage to come up with a dish that all my grandchildren love, as they usually differ in their likes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom was a great cook with a German and English emphasis. She ran a catering business after raising 8 children. I like old European traditional cooking but also love casual California.
My cooking triumphs
I have a bit of a reputation for my desserts and baking in general. At a recent church potluck, a young woman at our table asked what I had brought. It had been a rough week, so I had cheated and bought a pie. She gasped, "Whaat, Youuuu???"
My cooking tragedies
Many, but one stands out. Shortly after I was married and still in school,we barely had money to eat. Dinners were often spaghetti or rice with no sauce. I made a dish that was layers of polenta and cottage cheese for dinner. Not only did my earthenware dish crack in two due to my "500 degree only" oven, but it tasted horrible.
Recipe Reviews 93 reviews
Busy Day Chicken
My 6-qt. cooked this chicken to mush in 8 hours. The bones can deteriorate, splinter and become dangerous for young children to deal with. I will have to play with timing on this recipe and will use some boneless skinless thighs and breasts combined in the future.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 8, 2014
Asian Burger Soup
Quick and easy dish for the kids! Be sure to cut firm veggies small enough to cook in 3 minutes, or precook a bit. I think this would also work well with ground turkey and chicken broth. I ditched the peppers because of young ones, and put the onions in with the sprouts to mellow them. I just realized, I might have left out the water, which might account for enough flavor. Could be an idea to leave the water until last and add to your own desired concentration.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 8, 2014
Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwich Filling
Yum! I stuck to the original flavor profile, using 1/3 of a large red onion and had a handful of carrot to a standard 15.5 oz. can of garbanzos. I gave a fine chop to the veggies in the blender and mashed the chick peas with a potato masher. This was a hit with my husband and I was pretty darn impressed. It's one of those "sum is greater than the parts" things. Although it looked a teensy dry, it tasted moist and I was glad I left well enough alone. I made sandwiches on whole wheat bread and my meat lovin' man stated he could eat these for lunch on a regular basis! I will use only 2-3 Tbsp. pulverized onion when I make this for my 3,6 & 7 year old grand kids, and will definately be cooking up my own dry beans next time.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 8, 2014
 
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