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Home Town: Morgan Hill, California, USA
Living In: Calistoga, California, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I love to cook, improvise on recipes and try new exciting things. Just moved with an ex-chef and becoming a sous chef, am no longer a housewife cook as he put it.
My favorite things to cook
Poultry, beef, pork and certain sweets that I've never tried before. I'm always looking for slow cooker meals, especially now that gas prices are rising and electricity is still cheap.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making tamales, stuffed portobella mushrooms, my grilled turkey breast for Thanksgiving, and have recently added a allrecipes Pumpkin Cheesecake to my Thanksgiving repetoire.
My cooking triumphs
Perfected my mom's tamale recipe. Made braised short ribs/beef bourgignon with my roommate's guidance, it was the best meal I had this year. Better than the braised ribs I had at "Cook" in St. Helena.
My cooking tragedies
Once, when I was in Italy, I tried to make a shrimp with peas pasta meal, have been afraid to try it again ever since. Don't think it helped that I had consumed copious amounts of wine. Tried making duck for Christmas dinner this past year for BF and myself. I should have made chicken instead. So not worth the price I paid for the duck!
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Creamy Chocolate Frosting
Just tried it tonight to top a 2 layer 9" box chocolate cake. It was just barely enough to cover the whole cake, but then I did put a little in the middle to help hold the banana slices in place. The consistency was very sturdy, I used 3 T. of half-n-half as I don't tend to carry Evaporated milk in the house. I probably could have added just a tad more half-n-half to make the spreading easier. I didn't sift my sugar and used 7 T. of cocoa powder as I wanted a more chocolate taste. It is a very subtle chocolate taste, very sweet for my taste, but tasty. Don't know how one can make this runny! I made it while boiling chicken in my kitchen and it was getting warm and the frosting was fine. I didn't even use my Kitchen Aid, just a regular beater.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 5, 2014
Blackberry Jam
Tried this out on cultivated blackberries we planted, these berries that we harvested last summer and frozen. I pulled them out, did the recipe 1.5x without the spices as, we prefer the fresh fruit flavor. I am trying this trick that, I saw on another jam recipe. The said once you filled your jar and topped it with a canning lid to place upside down for 10 minutes to seal the jar. I did that, but am still sticking it in the freezer, as I reused my lid, and it didn't seem to have that sealed look about it. Just hedging my bets. With 6 cups of berries, I made 2 pints of jam. One in the freezer and one in the fridge for immediate use. Very easy! My fist time making blackberry jam on my own. Will get legit about next summer as we have fields of wild blackberries at my work site.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2014
Turkey Pot Pie I
Just tried this recipe tonight on my Thanksgiving leftovers. I had read through some of the reviews, and would agree with some comments and changes. I don't keep many dry herbs on hand, so I used what I had, I used less than 0.5 T Italian blend spices. BTW, I had doubled the recipe. I used 5 yellow potatoes, but found that to be a bit too much potato, and will cut back on the next go around to about 3 potatoes. I added in 1 cup of frozen peas. I had over a cup of leftover Turkey broth, and added water to make it 2 cups. Then used 2 cups of water, 2 packets of Mazola no MSG chicken bouillon. But the pie was not as saucy as I'd like. Maybe cutting back on the potatoes or adding an extra cup or 1.5 cup of broth might help. Next time I will also be adding in more meat & peas. Also, I cut out the bottom crust, and used 2% milk to bring down the calories. Overall, it is a solid recipe, and a great base from which I can switch up on my own. Thanks!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2013

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