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ChefalaJeff


ChefalaJeff
 
Home Town: Denville, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Lakeland, Florida, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
Single guy who loves to be in the kitchen or behind the grill. While I am no Iron Chef yet, I am always being told that my meals come out fantastic. I am striving to learn more about different herbs and spices.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy grilling up steaks, fish, chicken, and pork in many different ways. In the kitchen I love to make stir frys, curries, and other asian dishes. The spicier the better.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a family where things were always quick and easy. However, I was always inspired by my best friends family who were Italian, and knew what it meant to put time into the feast.
My cooking triumphs
I think one of the biggest feats I have today was helping prep and cook a dinner for a group of about 500 people. There was a chef leading the kitchen, I stayed on his good side and there were no complaints about the food.
My cooking tragedies
One time I burned rice to the point the whole house smoked out. (It was a strange kitchen, not my own) and I turned down the wrong burner knob. Needless to say it was completely humiliating ruining my friends pot and the big batch of jasmine rice. But it makes for a good bonfire story now.
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Easy Pasta Chicken
Easy, quick, and makes great leftovers. Didn't cook mine in a skillet and it came out more like a soup. My first time making this, used frozen veggies containing broccoli/cauliflower/carrots because it was all that was in the freezer. Then doctored it up a bit and added some diced tomatoes and a chopped vadalia onion, garlic, and ground chipotle to give it some heat. Not sure if a skillet would have made much difference, I think next time I make it, I may use less water, a different blend of frozen veggies like peas/green beans/carrots and maybe another can of cream of mushroom or cream of chicken to give it more of the potpie texture I was hoping for. But over all it was very tasty, very filling, and was even better the next day. **Update** Gave this another shot in the skilet this time. This time I used a mixed veggie bag containing peas, carrots, green beans, corn, and added some chopped onion. Only used 2 chicken breasts (for any bachelors out there 2 breasts will have plenty of left overs... no pun intended) This time I only used 1.5 cups of water and added 1 can of cream of mushroom and one can of cream of chicken(10.75 oz each) and added about a 1/4 cup of chicken broth after the pasta was softened. Salt and peppered to taste. Left out the chipotle powder and the tomatoes this time but it still came out pretty tasty. The texture was more like a potpie. This is gonna be one of my easy throw together staples now. Thanks for the foundation, your how to directions rock.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 10, 2011
 
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