SamraJB Profile - (19904726)

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Home Town: Winchester, Kentucky, USA
Living In: Denton, Texas, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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Samra and Holly
About this Cook
I teach journalism at a local university. I've lived in Saudi Arabia and Mexico and traveled widely. I make jewelry, love animals, and am pretty adventurous. I'm Catholic and am active with my church.
My favorite things to cook
chicken enchiladas verde (recipe from Guanajuato, Mexico), genuine Mexican foods, Cajun food, Italian food, some Indian food, lots of salads and grilling, and am experimenting with "binge cooking" meals in advance to freeze and then bake or cook in a slow cooker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother wasn't much of a cook--a few basics she did well. My dad made pickles, canned things, and made wonderful pies. Mom baked and I have her unusual date bar recipe and her soft sugar cookie recipe, both of which get lots of compliments.
My cooking triumphs
My enchiladas verdes, which I learned to make while living in Guanajuato, as well as mole sauce and chiles en nogales are famous with my friends, as well as some innovative things I've done with butternut squash. I'm mastering the art of tossing things together at random. I also once completely wrapped a turkey in a basketweave of bacon. It was delicious.
My cooking tragedies
Living in Saudi Arabia as a young bride I bought a Middle Eastern cookbook published in England. I didn't know they measured dry ingredients by weight, so the triple-layered chocolate gateau with an espresso/chocolate ganache filling was a colossal disaster. I cried, but hubby still ate it and loved the creamy icing and filling. I later learned his mom never baked anything from scratch so even my "failures" were still treats to him.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad
I've made this twice--the first time exactly as written and loved it. The next time I made it I didn't have time to run to the store and improvised with what I had on hand and it was still great--don't be afraid to experiment. I didn't have any chicken but had a bag of medium shrimp in the freezer, which I steamed and cut the bigger ones in half. I only had cherry tomatoes on hand, so I cut each of them in half. I cut back on the onion and added a little lemon pepper to the dressing. Finally I added a splash of soy sauce to the dressing. It was amazing, and I think it would be just as good with chicken.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 30, 2013
Rob and Becky's Pimm's(TM) Lemonade
The first time I had this was in Kenya, at a safari lodge, after a long, dusty day of game drives. If you can't find the British "lemonade" use ginger ale--in fact, that's the way they made it at the Samburu Safari Lodge.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 20, 2012
Grandma's Chicken Chardon
I like this recipe. Do you think it would work to prep everything ahead of time and refrigerate until I came home? Then I could just pop it in the oven and make salad and veggies to go with it. Has anybody tried that?

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 23, 2012

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