STARBUCKJB Profile - (1950736)

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Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Member Since: Jan. 2003
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I LOOOOOVE being in the kitchen and I enjoy organizing all of the ingredients that I use when I cook. I have lots of little condiment bowls and measuring cups. Being a college student, I don't get to be in a 'real' kitchen as often as I'd like, but when I come home, my family preheats the oven for me.
My favorite things to cook
My macaroni and cheese. I make a combination American/cheddar cheese sauce with milk, butter, freshly cracked pepper, salt, and sometimes a little garlic and onions. Sometimes I dab a little bit of tabasco sauce for some extra kick. I also love to make creme brulee, I just love the vanilly custardy goodness of it! Sometimes I throw in chocolate chips and rum, or top it with fresh fruit. I like to marinate meat.. it does wonders for the average ordinary cut of meat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In my family, we REALLY love strawberries. So over the generations, we have passed on all these terrific strawberry recipies, my favorite being strawberry shortcake (simple, but delicious!).
My cooking triumphs
Beer-butt Chicken. My first, and probably strangest attempt at grilling, but it yielded the most tender, delicious, and subtly flavored chicken I have ever eaten. It was a bit difficult to balance the chicken on the beer can over the grill, but now I've seen special stands sold for this at Wal-mart.
My cooking tragedies
Orange Tie Bow-knots. It was so sad, I spent hours kneading the yeasty dough and letting it rise and then the whole ordeal of rolling out the dough and shaping it into bowknots. Their brief but beautiful, citrusy fragrant lives met their end in a crispy and persnickety oven that due to a fluke, was at 500 degrees instead of 350.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Spiced Pecan Crust
This was fantastic with pecan pie! Buttery and crumbly and delicious, it was like eating pecan shortbread cookies. I doubled the cinnamon for a bit more zazz :)

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 5, 2010
Indian Naan II
This Naan was fantastic!! Soft and fluffy, with a great texture, and went perfect with the Easy Indian Butter Chicken recipe off this site. I didn't have access to a grill or oven, so I fried each piece of Naan one at a time in a frying pan and they bubbled up perfectly. I rolled out each piece to about a quarter of an inch thick, perhaps those who found the bread to be too tough rolled it out too thinly. This is my favorite naan recipe, and I have tried making it with various substitutions (milk instead of yogurt, olive oil for ghee, garlic and garam masala instead of onion seed, no seasonings, etc.) and it always comes out delicious. I find I have the best results when I use one cup of bread flour with one cup of all purpose flour, the added gluten gives the Naan a really nice texture perfect for sponging up curries and sauces.

28 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 16, 2009
Mom's Pumpkin Pie
Quite delicious but needed a few changes. I also made my pumpkin puree from scratch (baked and pureed pumpkin the day before and drained it overnight in the fridge). I also reduced the milk to 1 cup, and even with adding about 1.5x the spices listed, it still seemed like it needed a little more. Next time I'll definitely at least double the spices, but this recipe makes a very good base to start with to temper to your own tastes. Highly recommended with the butter crust off of this site!

41 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 16, 2007
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