LYNDA L. Profile - (1944116)

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Home Town: Carrollton, Texas, USA
Living In: Frisco, Texas, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy
Hobbies: Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I was born in Nha Trang, Viet Nam. I grew up in Texas where I currently live with my husband and two children. When it came time for me to learn how to cook (which wasn't until my husband and I were married), I was forever haunted by my mother's admonition. Because Vietnamese recipes are passed down orally, she advised me to watch her cook so that I could know how to prepare certain dished when the time came. As a stubborn headed daughter, I never did...and boy do I regret it!
My favorite things to cook
I love to entertain! When I get the chance to have friends and family over, I try to make 1-2 exotic dishes mixed in with the standard "normal" dishes. I find that this is a good way to get "picky" eaters to try something new. For the most part, I love to cook Italian, traditional American and Asian foods. During the summer I love to grill outside (sorry guys). During the winter I love to make hearty stews and homemade breads.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was growing up, whenever anyone of us got sick, my mother would make the Vietnamese equivalent of chicken noodle soup called chao. It was thick with a porridge-like consistency with shredded chicken and onions and black pepper. It was heavenly!! To this day, she will still bring me a big pot of chao when I am under the weather.
My cooking triumphs
My first cooking triumph was when a friend called to get my ribs recipe. She told me she and her husband were "spoiled". No other ribs compared to the ones I served them. My second was making my mother-in-law's flan. Once my parents tasted it, the same thing happened. No other flan tasted the same.
My cooking tragedies
Ugh, where do I start?? I am the worlds worst when it comes to pastry dough. The first time I tried to make it, I got so frustrated that I wound up throwing the dough across the kitchen!
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Sour Cream Chicken Quiche
Simple and delicious, can't get any better than that. I made this recipe with a couple small tweeks and had no left overs for 5 people. I used light sour cream omitted the nutmeg. Every time I serve this, hubby asks for it to be made for often.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 30, 2014
Spooky Witches' Fingers
First off, let me say that these were a lot of fun to make! Like many others, I added some green food coloring to tint the fingers and added some warts. They turned out looking great. However, they were very tasteless. I was so disappointed in how bland they were. It's a great idea-needs some tweeking in terms of taste.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 21, 2009
Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
This soup was great!! Everyone in my family gobbled it up. The only change I made was that instead of heavy cream I used fat free half & half to cut back on the calories. Add a salad and this is a great weeknight meal!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 4, 2008

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