MonicaClaire Profile - (19071144)

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Home Town: Manassas, Virginia, USA
Living In: Antioch, California, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
My name is Monica, and I've been cooking for a long time. I'm young but already I've surpassed both my grandmother's and mother's cooking skills. I still learn something new from them all the time, and am always open to new techniques and learning more about cooking, but I can wow people with whatever I make as it is. A lot of recipes that I use are one's that I've made up from what I had on hand or one's that I have altered to fit my style personally. If there's one thing I've learned throughout my time as a baker and a cook, it's that no recipe is untouchable when it comes to alterations. Everyone has there own taste and once you're good enough, and comfortable enough with your cooking, you'll find that the sky's the limit and you can tailor any recipe to fit you and your tastes. Cooking has always been and always will be a very large part of my life. I have influences from when I lived in the south and on the east coast as well as from the north and where I now live and that shows.
My favorite things to cook
I love Italian food. Pastas, Italian cream sodas, breads, etc. I love it all. I've always been a big fan of seafood. I'm not really a fish eater but calamari, shrimp, crab, lobster, clams- I'm your girl. I will love it all. I like to try new things most of all, and honestly, I love to cook pretty much anything, but I adore deserts. I think that it's because they turn out so beautiful. :)
My cooking triumphs
I think some of my biggest cooking triumphs come out of the times I have to make a meal from scratch and only the ingredients I have on hand and when I try something I've never done before. I often find that when I take a risk it turns out to be more than worth it. One of my greatest triumphs remains the first time I ever tried a souffle. I was tired and grumpy and just needed a distraction. I made chocolate souffles and they came out deliciously perfect. After that I never held back and never worried about failing. If I ever did I would try again and do better.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Spence's Pesto Chicken Pasta
This was delicious! I made it for my boyfriend and his family and they loved it. I did a couple things differently, I used more mushrooms and pesto and used bow tie pasta instead and it was delicious. I've done this recipe a couple times now and I think it's divine.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 7, 2012
Raspberry Truffle Fudge
This was a great recipe and easy to make. Only complaints are that i'd like i bit more of a raspberry taste and i really want to know how to get that pretty pink top layer shown in the picture. Mine just comes out a chocolate brown like the bottom layer. Good texture, very chocolatey, very yummy

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 14, 2011

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