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RenaCeleste


RenaCeleste
 
Home Town: Grafton, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Middle Eastern, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a scientist by trade so I guess cooking comes with it. My dad is an excellent cook and I inherited his interest in cooking. I'm relatively unadventurous, but if I want to cook something I will go for it and it usually comes out great! For example, I did a sweet potato casserole for the first time and it was a triumph (see below). I just bought a book on fingerfoods that is slightly above my skill level but I'll work my way. One day I'd like to learn how to do the grape leaves that my aunt does so carefully! Also, I'd like to improve my memorization skills and learn a few recipes. And, I'd like to know how to make a few pies off the top of my head (: Let's get cookin!
My favorite things to cook
Large meals for multiple people (see Easter cooking triumph below). In particular, I like cooking multiple things at once e.g. potatoes, meat, veggies using stovetop, Farberware open hearth (the one from the 70 or 80s), and microwave respectively.
My favorite family cooking traditions
On Easter or Christmas day, my dad makes an excellent batch of creamed pearl onions. UNreplicable. Waiting for the recipe. Also, my mom makes a mean spinach quiche. Lots more cheese than egg and no dough. She also makes a nice spaghetti and meatballs with a spicy saccorooni sauce (she adds extra chili powder).
My cooking triumphs
My first Easter dinner 2010. There were 7 of us in a cramped living room but with two bags worth of Russet mashed potatoes, 1 bag sweet potatoes for sweet potato casserole (the one with marshmellows on top), and a LARGE ham. It was a success, everyone ate and my friends kept calling it Thanksgiving! Another success, chili in the crock pot! And a tricky green curry dish where I didn't have a food processor so I had to mortar and pestle the lemongrass and herbs.
My cooking tragedies
Pizza , once, didn't cook enough so dough was still gooey. Potatoes, didn't realize they can take over an HOUR to cook in the oven!
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