Angelika Profile - (13838033)


Home Town: Kitsap County, Washington, USA
Living In: Belfair, Washington, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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This is one happy woman!
About this Cook
I'm a twentysomething native of Kitsap County in the beautiful, abundant state of Washington. I love the Pacific Northwest and all the culinary delights that it has to offer! Fresh crab or salmon, oysters and clams, mushrooms and much more! Along with cooking, I also enjoy snowboarding, scrapbooking and crafts, boot camp workouts, summertime, running, the outdoors, yoga, my church, personal finance, playing in the snow, and fun date nights with friends! When I'm at home, I like to plan ahead our meals and try out new recipes to expand my knowledge in the kitchen!
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking Mexican - it's so easy, however it's usually not 'diet' food! Anything with veggies, chicken, beef, or shrimp, as those are my usual staples! I love Italian but I find that it's easy to fall into an Italian rut and end up eating it solely for a whole week. I would rather have more variety! And I love cooking with ingredients I've never worked with before or that I don't see around very often. Sometimes I go in on a half cow with friends and I love cooking using the random cuts of meat I got from the deal!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year about a week before Christmas, some ladies in my family[me, aunt, 4 other cousins] participate in Cookie Day. We sleep over at our aunt's the night before, and when we wake up, we get to bakin'! While we have holiday music blasting, we gossip and laugh and make holiday cookies of all sorts, and we don't stop until after sunset! The dining room and sometimes living room tables become covered in assortments of cookies cooling off, before we assemble them on to holiday platters to gift or bring home to our families. Each of us has "our" recipes that we make year after year without change. I love trying new and attractive recipes, and even tried assorted bars one year. Decided not to do it again because it got too messy and time-consuming to cut and plate them on the platters! This is a tradition that I wouldn't trade for the world, and we all look forward to it each year. New holiday cookie recipes are welcome, send them my way because I tend to be the one who experiments!
My cooking triumphs
Almost every time that I cook is a triumph, because it means I am continually learning. Especially when I make something I've never tried before that comes out successfully! Usually my triumps become part of the regular rotation :)
My cooking tragedies
I remember trying out a beer-battered fish recipe from this site with a boyfriend back when we were on a bar food kick... Well, we didn't own a deep fryer so we attempted frying the battered fish over an electric stove in a large pot just filled with oil! We had no idea how to test the oil for its readiness at the time [toothpick, duhh!], so the fish burned up so badly.. It was inedible and my apartment smelled bad the whole evening! I never did rate that recipe because I'd love to give it another shot once I own a deep fryer! And I once made a delicious-sounding pumpkin manicotti (also from this site) but I substituted too many ingredients and it came out pretty odd. I would be willing to try it again though, with fresh pumpkin and sticking to the recipe!
Recipe Reviews 76 reviews
Super Chicken Casserole
Very yummy, adjustable basic recipe! I didn't have cream of broccoli, so I used cream of mushroom. Used canned chicken. Didn't have mozzarella so I used more Parmesan & some other white cheese (white cheddar? that I had in my fridge. Still very tasty, easy quick meal for those days your fridge is empty or you are crunched for time :)

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Reviewed On: Apr. 4, 2014
Coconut Bread Pudding
I really loved this recipe, which I found after searching snacks with coconut milk as an ingredient. I made this for my book club. It was my first time ever making a bread pudding, and I think I did pretty well! I got the bread from the bakery sliced up into small pieces just for the recipe. Since they didn't have any day-old bread they recommended I stick the pieces in the oven at 350 for a short while. I did so with the fresh french bread in a 9x13 glass pan for 15 minutes and it dried the bread up to a great day-old consistency. Also omitted the fresh coconut and used more shredded coconut. Next time I am going to review the reviews (ha!) and add raisins, more flavor options, etc to give the dish some more interest.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 21, 2014
Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells
OH My gosh, was this recipe delicious! Adaptable and customizable too. I made the recipe as listed except I didn't have fennel. I used fresh spinach, cooked down and stuck it in to the food processor with the ricotta, parmesan and whole cloves of garlic. Easy peasy! I scooped the processed filling into a ziploc bag and cut off the corner. Piped the filling into the shells. SO tasty and my fiancee was completely in heaven. Will be making this recipe again!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 26, 2014
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