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Feb. 18, 2010 5:26 pm 
Updated: Feb. 19, 2010 6:47 pm
So my ex came into town last weekend for Valentines Day. And I know, the connotation of the word "ex" is usually bad, with a negative meaning to it. And yes, obviously things didn't work out between us at the time we were together, but we've remained the best of friends, and who knows; things… MORE
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Jan. 30, 2010 5:42 pm 
Updated: Feb. 19, 2010 5:03 pm
After 27 years of putting my dreams of being a professional chef aside, I finally took a stand and decided to do what needed to be done to help my dreams come to life - I enrolled in Culinary School.  Now, I'm not ignorant as to what happens in a kitchen.  If you cook a lot, you know… MORE
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About Me
I have been cooking ever since I was little (about 10 or 11... I am now 27) and I love it! My dream is to finish college with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and then go to Culinary Arts scohol, and eventually open up my own restaurant. Right now, my kitchen is a restaurant every night, with all my friends and their friends coming over for dinner! I constantly get compliments from everyone.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything, but mainly interesting dishes that most people from where I'm from don't usually eat. Examples are falafel, tabouli, pad thai, etc. I love chicken dishes! But my passion is baking. I always have a desert when I cook dinner -- cakes, pies, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We really don't have any traditions. The only one we really have is a lemon meringue or apple pie on my father's birthday.
My cooking triumphs
Making dishes that people always rave about and want the recipe for. This isn't really a cooking triumph, but I also do cake decorating and I won first place a couple years ago in a cake decorating contest in two different categories. My last accomplishment was creating a full Thanksgiving dinner for all my friends.
My cooking tragedies
This was a dual-person tragedy. I made a chili for my roommates and had to run to the store really quick. I told one of my roommates that the chili was simmering and to turn it off in 15 minutes if I wasn't back. I got held up at the store and when I got back an hour later, he hadn't turned off the chili and most of the liquid had evaporated so it was more of a paste than a chili. Another one was my pecan pie that I made for my friends. It was gorgeous, but when I cut into it, the center was still runny. So I put it back in the oven for a few minutes to set up. My friends and I started watching a movie, and about an hour into the movie, I remembered the pie. Needless to say, the center was set!! It was burned to a crisp, and cracked my pie plate.
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