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Home Town: Austin, Texas, USA
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Member Since: Jun. 2011
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I think I have good cooking instincts. But, I have relatively little experience. And, I am pretty grossed out by cooking with raw meat. But, i just deal with it for a good meal.
My favorite things to cook
It is HOT in texas. I like to make very cold, refreshing drinks. I like simple, fruity deserts (with vanilla ice cream:D). I love healthy food, but won't sacrificing taste for "healthy substitutes". I love the middle-america un-dynamic dishes I grew up with (and making them more dynamic, like Sloppy Joe II). And I love the exciting ways spiciness is combined with favors in foods like Mexican and Indian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Best stuff from my family (i.e. parents). First is Pasty (Finnish style). Chicken-broccoli and broccoli-cauliflower casseroles. Meal--Steak, mash potatoes, green beens. BBQ chicken. Sloppy Joes. Hamburger Stroganoff. Apple pie. Later tradition - Tortilla soup
My cooking triumphs
My cooking triumphs are easy, since i am a novice. But hey, they taste good. -I just made the best sloppy joe I ever had last night (Tamara's). I have nailed some of my mom's other dishes too, like chicken-broccoli casserole. -I have had big success at parties with guac. With hamburger, jalapeno queso. A couple awesome summer drinks, and a winter one (my mom's wassel). Also, with giant (and fullly decked out) leaf-based salads. Also, I do well with an easy dessert that is one of the yummiest things in the world (to me): fruity-pie (fruit and stuff on a giant sugar cookie
My cooking tragedies
Um, not too many. -I used to burn my tea;). -I suppose my rawmeataphobia is a cooking tragedy. -A late discovery of an ingredient shortage lead to a Chicken-broc casserole with double butter...on V-day. So very very rich. Bleh, but we still ate it, albeit slowly.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Spicy Pumpkin Chili
Everyone seemed to really enjoy it at the Halloween party I went to. I live in Texas, so I added extra chile powder, red pepper, and dried red pepper; also, some Cayenne pepper, black pepper, and a big Jalapeno pepper. Even still, it could have been spicier; but others said the heat level was just right. I think a hotter pepper than the jalapeno I used would have been perfect, just a little more kick. I used cinnamon instead of cumin, just because that is what I had. I drained and rinsed beans and was glad, cause I thought the chile was wet enough as it was. Served with Cilantro, Cornbread, Monty Jack cheese.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 29, 2011
Brazilian Lemonade
I love limes and lime drinks. I Made a HUGE quantity by tediously combining smaller batches. It was for a housewarming party in the middle of another deadly hot, Texas summer. I cut up the water, like Miss Powers suggested, with equal parts rum, water, coconut water. As someone that attends a lot of small to medium parties, I can say that this drink may have gone faster than any drink anyone has ever brought/made to our little shindigs. So perfect in the heat.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 12, 2011
Sloppy Joes II
Better than mom's. I combined a lot of the advice given in the reviews. -I made sauce first and let it simmer until finished everything else. -I added 3 tsp of white vinegar. -I eyeballed some chili powder, which i thought gave the sauce an excellent kick. -I cut back some of the ketchup with bbq sauce instead. -I went a little over on the sauce ingredients (and added a little water) to make it extra sloppy. -If you live in Texas this is 3 servings. See "Texas Sized" buns. :D

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 12, 2011

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