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chef tara

chef tara
Home Town: Grand Island, New York, USA
Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I live in Seattle WA. with my husband and 3 dogs. Cooking is a huge passion of mine, and this site really helps me explore different cuisine.
My favorite things to cook
My husband and I are both Italian, so I love cooking traditional Italian dishes. I also love baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother's wonderful Italian cooking!
My cooking triumphs
Finally making a better sauce than my mother's, which has been in my family for generations!
My cooking tragedies
Too many to mention, but specifically the Baked Alaska from this site!!!
Recipe Reviews 135 reviews
Oregon Salmon Patties
As a quick tip, I found 3/4 of a sleeve of Ritz crackers to be the adequate amount to crush. Since it is salmon fishing season here in Seattle WA and my hubs is quite the fisherman, I baked a fresh salmon at 400 degrees for 15 mins and allowed to cool before flaking and de-boning it by hand. Due to the fact it was fresh, I didn't have any canned liquid, so added a TBS of white wine and a TBS of lemon juice. Added some minced garlic while sauteing the onions, a little paprika along with the mustard powder. Don't bother coating in the crackers, just throw all ingredients into a bowl and shape into patties. **A great tip for a sauce to this....take basic tarter sauce, add some dill (fresh or dried), Miracle Whip and lemon juice with some cracked black pepper. It turns into a gourmet sauce:) Made with roasted garlic dill mashed potatoes and it was out of this world!!!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 16, 2014
Banana Banana Bread
Awesome....I hate changing recipes and then reviewing them but here we go.... I added 2 tsp vanilla, sprinkled sugar on top before baking (gives it a sweet, crispy crust) and baked for 52 mins. Your oven may be different than mine, but don't over cook.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 3, 2014
Blueberry Loaf
Not really sure why there were any issues with this. Made as written, regular loaf pan, fresh berries, 50 mins. I do sprinkle a little sugar on top of any loaves or muffins I make (before baking). It gives a crispy, sweet crust to the top.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 18, 2014

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