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Home Town: Arlington, Texas, USA
Living In: Grand Prairie, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert
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Classy Hats for Snappy Gents
About this Cook
What's on my menu? For starters, we have a young guy with an interest in cooking that stemmed largely from watching cooking shows on television. Gordon Ramsay and Martha Stewart are my icons, but I realize that there are countless other methods with merits and flaws -- I don't just follow two. I'm trying to start replacing all the fast-food in my life with more wholesome choices, although I've been actively experimenting with cookies and pies for a few years now. (Thanks, Martha!) I tend towards desserts, but I'm looking to break out of the oven and into the kitchen proper. I truly believe that cooking is functional art -- you get to express yourself and when you're done, there's a meal. Brilliant.
My favorite things to cook
Hands-down, it's cookies. Pumpkin cookies with butter icing may be my favorites, although it's kind of like you're asking a parent to choose their favorite child.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My dad is very strongly rooted in Italian cooking from my grandmother. My stepmother is probably where I picked up my baking bug -- I have a fond memory of baking about 2,000,000 bagels from scratch once. Well, at least it seemed like that many.
My cooking triumphs
My first chocolate pie from scratch. Not from a Jell-O box, but actually making a custard. I love dessert baking, but it really FEELS like cooking when you add melted chocolate and eggs and other ingredients and end up with something so magic and simple as a pie. It's elegant chemistry, and it happens every day under our noses.
My cooking tragedies
I spilled granulated sugar all over the floor of my parents' kitchen in high school making cookies... and I mean A LOT of sugar. I assumed that a mop or broom would only make it worse, so our bagless upright vacuum was impressed into service as a sugar-collector. As it turns out, the sugar crystals were finer than the filter on the vacuum, so it blew sugar EVERYWHERE like a cotton candy sandstorm. Everything was sticky for days. I actually cried. Looking back, it was hilarious... but at the time I felt devastated. P.S. - The cookies all burned. It was a dark day.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Mini Meatloaves
Maybe a touch too strong on the brown sugar -- but we had company for dinner and between 4 people there are no leftovers. Arguably one of the best and easiest meatloaves to my memory -- moist, good flavor, and a breeze to prepare. Well done.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 1, 2011
Danish Meatballs with Dill Sauce
For the meatballs, I used equal parts pork and beef and they were among the most delicious I've ever had. I know many people suggest substitution of frozen meatballs, but I'd really only support that idea if absolutely necessary. The homemade variety is really worth the effort. Also, I added some cornstarch (I know, I know) to the sauce to thicken it a little more. The dill is just brilliant and with the homemade meatballs it elevates a common and tired entree to something you'll be excited to make. Highly recommend.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 22, 2011
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