Sarah Profile - (18889515)

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Home Town: Miami, Florida, USA
Living In: Dauin, Negros Oriental, Philippines
Member Since: Jun. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines until June 2007. At that time, I will return to the US, marry and beging cooking school, followed by a masters. It is a particular challege to cook healthy, low-cost foods from home here in the Philippines, but I try!
My favorite things to cook
I really love a recipe from this website, angel hair pasta with feta cheese and sundried tomatoes (a no-go in the Philippines!). Chili, lasgana, linguini salad and pumkin bread are some of my favorite recipes from when I was growing up.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Dad likes to cook, so he has passed on a few things: waldorf salad, marinated grilled Mahi-Mahi (perfect with roasted corn in summer!), mojitos for parties. With my Mom, pumpkin bread is a must for holidays (it gets rave reviews all around!), and easy-for-kids to make recipes were how we learned to cook--we all had a night!
My cooking triumphs
I spent a summer learning how to make decorative cakes with all the tips and frosting bags, crumb coating and marzipan. Just learning how to create new things is personally satisfying because I know I have grown to understand the relationships between foods.
My cooking tragedies
When I was younger, I just had a hard time following recipes, which sometimes lead to disaster even when it was something I had made before!
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
I'm not quite sure why I tried this recipe so many times--I think I was worried I was screwing it up! I tried several variations of flours, baking spices, honey, oil, even chocolate chips. All yielded variaties of flat, rubbery pancake. I appreciate that it requires few ingredients, but that doesn't compensate for the lack of flavor.

23 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 10, 2006
Ty's Barbequed Chicken
I liked this recipe for it's simplicity and use of on-hand ingredients. I cut the breasts into strips and marinated for a few hours. I poured the whole thing into a baking pan and put it in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes. I turned off the oven, poured the sauce into a pan and put the chicken back in the oven to stay warm. I added 1 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch to the sauce, brought it to a boil and added it back to the chicken. This could be a one-dish deal if you baked the chicken in a cast-iron skillet and left the chicken in while adding the cornstarch.

29 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 6, 2006
Best Peanut Sauce
I am in the Philippines and had some of the locally made peanut butter at home, as well as the dregs of a container of chunky store-bought peanut butter. I used both to come up with my 1/2 cup, and heated up the water to get the rest of the peanut butter out of the container. Since the peanut butter I have is pretty sweet I skipped the sugar. I didn't have hot sauce, so I substituted 1/2-1 tsp. of cayanne pepper instead. I am a fan of garlic, so I used two cloves and added 1 tsp. powdered ginger and 1 1/2 Tbls. lemon juice. It was all very easy to put together and the previous reviews made it simple to personalize. The only thing that would have made it any better is if the seal hadn't given out on the food processor attachment to my blender! My hard-to-please Filipino hosts loved it.

34 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 6, 2006

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