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pourquoi pas?


pourquoi pas?
 
Home Town: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Living In: Rochefort-Sur-Mer, Poitou-Charentes, France
Member Since: Sep. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Dessert
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About this Cook
I moved to France in Sept. 2002 right after graduating from college (Carson Newaman College). I came for a year which turned into two and I'm still here!! I live in Western France north of Bordeaux, right on the ocean. I love this website because I can find any recipe with advice from others who have made it. Whenever I'm homesick I love to cook some comfort food from home and it takes me right back to the states! My french friends here have tried many american dishes too, I'm personally trying to dispell the myth that all we eat is hamburgers in America!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook things that I can't get here in France! Everytime I go home I bring back a few bags of brown sugar and chocolate chips along with b.p and b.s. I like to follow the french tradition of cooking with fresh ingredients, nothing pre-packaged, fresh vegetables from the market, meat from the butcher etc. I love desserts too, pies, cookies, puddings. I have to be careful with the ingredients though, there are certain things I can't get here like shortening, brown sugar, cool whip, etc. I cook from scratch because I don't have a choice!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom used to make tapioca pudding in the evenings sometimes when I was little, now I do that too.
My cooking triumphs
I make the meanest thai curry with coconut milk, I make it a few times a month, everyone loves it. I've introduced some french people to American lasagna, it's different than italian lasagna. I had an italian roomate last year who taught me to make real tiramisu, yum!
My cooking tragedies
I still can't make good mashed potatoes, sometimes I luck out though it's just sheer luck. I've got lots of things that turned out gross, you've got better things to do then read about them!
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Cinnamon Carrot Bread
Yummm! What a wonderful recipe, I finely shredded the carrots in the food processor and used a bit more than a cup, still couldn't taste them that much, may use more next time. I also used more cinnamon and some fresh nutmeg. Also I wanted to make it even more moist, so I added about 1/4c of crème fraîche (sour cream would work just fine) and it turned out sooo moist and delicious!! (didn't have nuts, will use them next time) thanks for a wonderful recipe!!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 25, 2005
Split Pea and Ham Soup I
mmmh, so ugly but so good!! I used sliced ham instead of the bone (ewww!) maybe it was because of this I found it a bit bland so I added some beef boullion and a bit of worcerstershire sauce. I also added some potatoes and carrots, in the end it was very hearty and filling. I added water a few times and it took about an 1 1/2hrs I served it with a dollup of sour cream on top, to make it creamy. Very good for a chilly evening, and great heated up for lunch the next day!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 25, 2005
Apple Loaf
Bland and rubbery, was exactly how I would describe this bread. Maybe it was the apples I used (golden delicious- shredded) maybe I over-stirred the batter but this was no good!! If you want to make a great quick bread make Janet's rich banana bread from this site, it's soooooooo good. I might try that recipe with apples instead of bananas?

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 3, 2005
 
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