CLOUDSSUNRAIN Profile - (1893008)

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Home Town: Northwestern, Illinois, USA
Living In: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2000
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Ancient Mexican Corn Painting
About this Cook
For me, the process of becoming a home cook was gradual. My mom encouraged me to participate and learn the basics of cooking when I was younger. I was also involved in 4-H and did some different 4-H projects in the kitchen. However, cooking was something I mostly viewed as a chore until I became fascinated with making bread by hand after watching my mom make it one day on a whim. After that, I moved on to trying new and different recipes as well as experimenting on my own. During college, I had the opportunity to travel to different countries as part of my studies. Some of my travel companions remember me as the most willing to try the most foreign of foreign cuisine.
My favorite things to cook
Mexican, Asian, bread! I also like going to the store to find new, different ingredients and then figuring out what to do with them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always helped my mom make Christmas cookies every year when I was younger. One of my other most vivid memories is of the time my mom tricked my brother, sister, and I into eating beef tongue at dinner.
My cooking triumphs
Learning to make homemade bread- no bread machine!
My cooking tragedies
I like to experiment, and many times my experiments work out fine, but I have occasionally made some godawful stuff over the years. Just ask my family- they would eat it anyway, as bad as it was. One time, I tried to make some Brazilian corn starch cookies for credit in a Portuguese class. They ended up melting together in the pan and not looking like cookies at all. I brought them to class, anyway. The only person who had seconds was the professor, but I think that was just because she was pregnant at the time and willing to eat about anything.
Recipe Reviews 31 reviews
Laura's Tahini Cookies
Thanks for the great recipe! It was easy and included stuff I already had on hand. However, only serve them to people who are more adventurous eaters- they do not have a typical cookie taste and are somewhat of a cross between peanut butter cookies and snickerdoodle/sugar cookies. If you are interested in making this, I would recommend that you make sure the butter and sugar are creamed well. There are no ingredients that cause rising action, so you need to incorporate air by creaming the butter and sugar. Do not overbake these cookies- they come out of the oven soft but will hardent up somewhat after cooling.

19 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 6, 2006
Cuban Black Beans II
Thanks for the great recipe! This was pretty easy to make and very cheap as well. Everything I needed was found easily at the Mexican grocery three blocks away, which saved me a trip to the supermarket. I may make it again in the future with some spicy sausage and omitting some of the oil to compensate. I didn't have a problem with the vinegar making the beans hard because I soaked the beans for about 18 hours. However, the beans were tender but not as smooth as they would be if I had used canned beans, so I will probably stir in the vinegar toward the end of cooking next time.

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 27, 2006
Black Bean Hummus
I doubled the recipe and substituted lime juice for lemon juice and olive oil for the bean liquid due to personal taste and what I had on hand. It turned out great, with a smooth texture that wasn't runny. It was good with tostadas. Next time, I will add more garlic, but this one is definitely a keeper. Thanks for the great recipe!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 11, 2006
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