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Dragonling


Dragonling
 
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Living In: Dayton, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Nouvelle, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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Me!
About this Cook
I'm sort of a gamer chick, just recently moved out on my own. I enjoy making dinner/desserts for my roommates and boyfriend, and so far they seem to enjoy eating my attempts at gourmet cooking. I was never allowed to cook in my grandmother's kitchen while growing up, so I've been making up for lost time.
My favorite things to cook
I'm really fond of fancy gourmet cuisine, but I also like having lots of quick and easy recipes for those times when I'm in a rush. I love unique dishes with unusual flavors and textures. I am especially fond of cooking various types of meat. I like vegetables well enough, but there's just something extra to be said about a well-cooked, properly seasoned meal of pork, beef, poultry, or some other more exotic meat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family never did much cooking, but I was always a big fan of my mom's lasagna and her amazing spicy chili. My grandmother also had a wonderful recipe for some unusual oatmeal cookies that I insisted we make every single Christmas.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at a layered cake wasn't quite a tragedy, but the frosting between them turned out to be too thin, and the lower cake broke and pulled out some as I removed the parchment paper after frosting, making it somewhat lopsided. At least it was still delicious!
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Big Al's K.C. Bar-B-Q Sauce
This has been my favorite sauce for a couple years now, though I always double all of the spices. Recently I modified it for a large batch of pulled pork, using apple cider vinegar in place of red wine vinegar and coconut sugar instead of brown for a more earthy flavor. It's a huge hit with the boyfriend, and both of us have been raiding the fridge several times a day for more.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 4, 2014
Pork Chops and Dirty Rice
I had a limited pantry and no time to shop, so I had to make a few substitutions and experimented a bit with flavors. I salted and peppered the pork, then marinaded overnight in a mix of balsamic and apple cider vinegar with a bit of garlic. I used organic quinoa in place of rice, rinsing it before adding it to the baking dish. I used about 1/2 cup less water, added a few tbsp of apple cider vinegar to the soup, a couple splashes of liquid smoke, a few shakes of garlic powder, about 1/2 tsp of ground cayenne pepper, and I think I even threw in some Chesapeake Bay seasoning (not sure how much or even why!). Baked 25 mins covered, 25 uncovered, and it was still a bit liquidy, but the boyfriend was super hungry and didn't care! We ate the pork with the quinoa piled on top. It was really flavorful and the meat very tender, and I enjoyed the mix of textures. I'll definitely attempt to replicate this, though maybe with a bit more adjustment and experimentation. :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 22, 2013
Best Brownies
This recipe has the perfect balance of cakey and fudgey textures, sure to be a crowd-pleaser. I followed others' advice and halved the amount of confectioners' sugar in the icing, which made it stay a bit sticky, but it was so rich and creamy, not overpoweringly sweet. I'll definitely be making these again in the near future.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 28, 2012
 
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