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Taco Cat

Taco Cat
Home Town: Northeast Ohio, Ohio, USA
Living In: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books
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Blog...  3 posts
Mar. 26, 2009 10:28 am 
Updated: Mar. 26, 2009 1:49 pm
1. How do you like your eggs?  Scrambled with rye toast. 2. How do you take your coffee/tea?   Coffee with cream and lots of sugar; tea with honey only. 3. Favorite breakfast food:   A fluffy omelette with mushrooms and provolone cheese served with toast. 4. Peanut butter: Smooth or… MORE
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Hey, it's Me & Jake!
Mother and Son
About this Cook
Wife and mom of young son with autism. In the past year or so, he's really broadened his food repertoire and is trying all the new dishes I cook. I'm thrilled that he likes nearly everything I make now, especially the nourishing soups. When he was very young, he mostly ate cereal and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. The brain disorder of autism usually comes with very rigid and narrow food preferences due to sensory issues of texture, smell and taste. So the very fact that he is now enjoying a variety of food is a miracle in itself. I absolutely love allrecipes. Making new dishes is so much easier after reading member reviews. It's almost like having your own professional cook in the kitchen guiding you!
My favorite things to cook
Soups, leafy green salads with lots of veggies, spaghetti, grilled meat, mushroom risotto, enchiladas, and pizza.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Let's see: Easter ham, Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas Eve buffet and we have a grilled steak or fish every Saturday night.
My cooking triumphs
I've mastered prime rib roast, chicken marsala, enchiladas, corned beef brisket and barbeque spareribs among other dishes. I hosted my first Thanksgiving and it was a hit. I'm always asked to make cheesecake, rum cake and pumpkin rolls. I can also make a delicious baklava. Lobster tails are pretty simple and delicious when we can afford it. Traditional cakes are still a struggle for me but I keep working on it. I still can't quite master pork loin roasts, they always come out dry and making a decent pie still eludes me.
My cooking tragedies
Not really a tragedy but when I was dating my future husband, I made a batch of lasagna roll-ups. I accidentally used MINT toothpicks to secure them. I am still reminded about it to this day!
Recipe Reviews 40 reviews
Chef John's Macaroni and Cheese
My family really loved this dish. The only changes I made was 1/8 cayenne (because of kid), made only 12 oz. of macaroni and used black pepper. I didn't have panko crumbs so I made my own crumbs with leftover bread. To be honest, I can live without the topping so I'll leave it out next time. This will be my go-to mac and cheese recipe for now! UPDATE: This time I left out the thyme and worcestershire. I added 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder to the roux. I used 10 oz. of macaroni. I didn't add the breadcrumb topping. I covered the dish with foil and baked it at 375° for 30 minutes, then uncovered and baked for 15 minutes more. Nice and creamy and so delicious. But I'll have to leave out the cayenne next time due to picky kid (although I love the kick of the cayenne). How anyone can say this macaroni and cheese is bland is beyond me. Perhaps you used cheap cheese which tends to be oily and doesn't have the best flavor and texture. And BTW, if your dish turns out grainy, you probably didn't take the roux off the burner and SLOWLY (1/4 cup at a time) add cheese to it while mixing gently. Dumping all the cheese at once to simmering roux that is still on the burner will result in a grainy texture.

71 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 20, 2012
Dark Chocolate Cake II
This is one delicious cake! It's moist, rich and flavorful. The only change I made was to add some vanilla. For Valentine's Day, I made half the recipe in an 8 X 8 glass pan because I didn't want too much cake around to destroy my diet. It wasn't a high cake - it only rose to about halfway up. But man, topped with chocolate buttercream frosting, was it to-die-for!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 20, 2012
Cream Soup Base
This is quite thick which is what I wanted for my mini chicken pot pie filling. I made half a recipe which is pretty much equal to one can of cream of "whatever" soup. I kept the ratio of butter to flour equal. I added finely diced celery and onion to the butter. Then I added the flour seasoned with garlic powder and poultry seasoning. After I made the roux, I thinned it out to the consistency I was going for. For those complaining about the thickness, this recipe is exactly what the author intended it to be - a soup base. You can add more milk, seasonings, meat, vegetables or herbs to make it to your liking. It is outstanding!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 19, 2012
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