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melissa hong kong

melissa hong kong
Home Town: Corning, New York, USA
Living In: Sai Kung, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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Thanksgiving 2005
About this Cook
I am passionate about food. I often daydream about what I will have at my next meal or fantasize about past meals that were especially delicious. I love to travel and I have lived in a lot of different places, and try to incorporate local ingredients and specialties in my everyday cooking. I have a baby boy who was born in spring 2005, and I am happy to report he is an expert at eating, a real foodie like his mom. I am trained as a lawyer but sometimes think I should have gone to cooking school to become a chef.
My favorite things to cook
soups, pastas, desserts that impress, Thanksgiving dinner, a ladies' lunch
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother used to bake dozens and dozens of sugar cookies at Christmas, and then round up anyone in the family or neighborhood with a free hand to help decorate them.
My cooking triumphs
Once before a holiday I used all the food in the refrigerator to make a meal. I can't remember what it was or how it tasted, but I do remember feeling great that I didn't have to throw any of it in the garbage!
My cooking tragedies
When I was about 14 I covered something for the oven with saran wrap. It melted to the food much to the shock of nobody but me.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Mexican Chicken Soup
I agree, this soup is fantastic and so quick and easy. I prefer not to use pre-packaged spice mixes. The ingredients include "ethoxyquin" and other scary sounding things. I make my own seasoning mix inspired by a low carb cookbook and it is super yummy (and not processed!) 2 T chili powder, 1 1/2 T cumin, 1 1/2 T paprika, 1 t onion powder, 1 t garlic powder, 1/4 t cayenne (or more if you like it hot). Use it as you would taco seasoning mix from the store, two or three tablespoons of the mixture will flavor a pound of meat.

389 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 9, 2006
Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
The last minute hassle of mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving has come to an end. I have made this recipe two years in a row and my guests have asked me to promise it will stay on the menu. I used onion salt the first time and found the taste a bit processed. This year I replaced with a few cloves of roasted garlic and some butter sauteed rosemary. Yum.

44 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2006

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