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Elisa G.K.

Elisa G.K.
Home Town: Dallas, Texas, USA
Living In: Long Island, New York, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a stay-at-home of two girls in the NYC metro area. Growing up, we mainly ate out to eat because my parents didn't have time to cook for our family of 7 while they were building their business. I just carried on the tradition of a fast-paced, dining-out life until I moved to Manhattan, ironically. It was there in my 4' x 6' kitchen that I found comfort in home-cooking. I learned to cook after finding Allrecipes, literally. I used the ingredient search, found the best recipe and read the instructions and reviews . . . now, in addition, I've grown to use several cookbooks and invent recipes of my own.
My favorite things to cook
I love cafes and bakery items . . . especially scones, muffins, quiche and a good mocha, but I want to feel good about it. So I experiment with natural, whole ingredients to achieve that same comfort food taste without inflicting harm on my body: whole wheat flour, organic spelt flour, honey, raw organic agave nectar, free-range eggs, almond milk, dark chocolate, aluminum-free baking powder, you get the picture . . .
My favorite family cooking traditions
I used to make brunch for my family every Saturday morning (I love brunch!), but now during the summer, we're visiting different farmer's markets and juicing our fresh produce. :)
My cooking triumphs
One day I had leftovers, some glazed roasted pork loin and a sweet potato puree, and I decided to make a pot pie out of it (with whole wheat crust, of course). The filling was creamy, flavorful and slightly sweet. My dinner guest and husband still talk about it. There was also the melting, frothy homemade marshmallows and unbelievable creamy hot chocolate (melted chocolate, milk, cream, vanilla) I served at Valentine's Day. These days I'm marveling over my spelt flour-agave nectar chocolate chips scones - they're incredible, if I do say so myself.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to count. :( Like accidentally adding peppermint extract instead of vanilla extract to chocolate chip cookies. Overcooking a chicken roast. Adding balsalmic vinegar to rice before it cooked (even after an hour, the rice didn't soften a bit).
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Butter Chickpea Curry
Excellent flavor, easy to make! I would suggest adding something with color since everything other than the sauce is white - rice, onions, potatoes, chickpeas. My husband requested adding cashews for more texture and currants for sweetness/color. Great recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 10, 2007
Pumpkin Turkey Chili
I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was. I accidentally drained my tomatoes and added 1 tsp. salt, and used 1 can of pumpkin (I think about 1 1/2 cups). It was very thick, but good. It would make a great filling for tortillas.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2006
No Cholesterol Chocolate Chip
These were delicious! You could definitely taste the honey, but the chocolate chips take away from it for the most part. I used a whole egg instead of 2 egg whites, whole wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose flour, about 3/4 c. brown sugar and 3/4 c. chocolate chips. They were plenty sweet, and I baked them for 7 minutes so they wouldn't be caking. Thanks for this!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 3, 2006

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