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Living In: Kansas City, Kansas, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Biking, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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chocolate cranberry muffins
About this Cook
I am a certified personal trainer. I am very involved in organics and supporting local businesses. I volunteer for a local organic farmer and enjoy taking healthy cooking classes. I also love wine tastings and finding great wine values. An interesting thing about me is that I'm a former professional football player.
My favorite things to cook
Good plate presentation is important to me. I love being creative with fresh fish, vegetables, and making tasty and healthy sauces. I also make Italian, Mexican and Meditteranean influenced dishes. Growing herbs in the summer and adding them to dishes is one of my favorite ways to dress the plate.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother always made "21 Bean Soup" for good luck in the coming year on New Year's Day. I've always loved the soup and now I make the soup (sans pork) about 4-5 times per year. It's great!
My cooking triumphs
I make a mean homemade pizza, but it's really the creative meals that are enjoyed the most. Such as my lasagna rolls, which save time and energy over regular lasagna.
My cooking tragedies
I don't bake much because I really don't enjoy measuring. My home economics teacher in the 8th grade was such a stickler for measuring, perhaps it sparked the "measuring rebellion". I do love No-Bake Cookies, though. Sometimes they come out great...sometimes they don't!
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Chicken Korma
Due to reviewer comments, I decided to cook the dish differently to absorb more flavor. I sauteed according to instruction and cut the chicken into 2 in cubes and added tomato sauce to the crockpot. I also changed a few spices--using curry instead of cumin and cloves. After 3 hours in the crockpot I added cubed potatoes, green peas, carrots and the buttermilk and let that heat through for 20 min. Man, this dish had some kick! The chicken was also very tender and good. I now know not to be so liberal with the spices in the crockpot. I used light sour cream and that mellowed the hot dish perfectly. I like that the lowfat buttermilk is a healthier option to coconut milk. Thanks for the recipe and reviews!

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 27, 2006
Amazing Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
A great recipe that can be made healthier by using low fat evaporated milk, rather than cream. Evaporated milk has thickness to it, like cream. I also used less cheese to make it healthier--it surrenders a little bit of taste, but also a lot of calories. Thanks for the recipe.

40 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 21, 2006

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