CHERYLSKITCHEN Profile - (18303783)


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Living In: Modesto, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Cheryl's Birthday!
About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Vegetables are definitely my best and favorite of foods. I am also told I am great with Roasts, Baked turkey, Rice dishes, Seafoods, Pastas, breakfast foods, and cake decorating.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My special fried rice, Baklava, "all out" salads, fresh raspberry pie, and candy bar cookies are always requested at family functions. Another tradition is that the birthday person gets exactly what they want on their birthday of course!
My cooking triumphs
After losing my mom to cancer, our family missed her famous Baklava. No one ever thougt to obtain the recipe, which she did not write down. I diligently worked to replicate it and knew I was successful when I introduced it at a recent Thanksgiving get together. I spoiled a few dinners when a few just couldn't leave it alone before the big meal, as it was "just like Mom used to make it".
My cooking tragedies
I realized the importance of baking soda the first time I made a cake at 12 years old. It was a rock. My stepdad and brother ate the whole thing. I think they wanted to make me feel better! I also set my Grandma's kitchen on fire when I was around 7... I liked my toast on the well side and I think I pushed the toaster too far when it sparked!
Recipe Reviews 47 reviews
Best Spanish Rice
Our family loved this recipe. Followed the recipe exactly, except I increased to 1/4 diced onion and added one cube of chicken bouillon in addition to chicken broth, as I was concerned about having enough flavor. We like lots of flavor! I did brown the onions and the rice very well. I used Pace Chunky salsa with medium heat. I will make this again and again! Thank you very much for sharing.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 2, 2014
Simple Baked Beans
Good recipe in a pinch. I would definitely make again. I sautéed the onions first, added beans and heated for about 30 more minutes on the stovetop. I also added real bacon crumbles to give it more bacon and flavor. I loved the flavor and the family enjoyed it as well. Had to tweak ingredients a bit to suite our tastes, but really appreciate this recipe to work with!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 19, 2014
Simple Roasted Butternut Squash
Finally, my family likes butternut squash; thanks to this recipe. I did cook longer to caramelize a bit more. That makes the texture so much more like home potatoes and gives the outside a little crunch. I think I put too much olive oil (didn't measure) because I could taste it more than I wanted. The recipe amount would have been perfect. Will definitely fix next time.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2014
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