CJ Profile - Allrecipes.com (11380562)


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Living In: Santa Rosa, California, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2009
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Photography, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I try my best to cook from scratch with seasonally locally sourced foods. I'm most comfortable with vegetarian cooking but I can't imagine life without butter, cheese or anchovies so I'll never go vegan!
My favorite things to cook
Mediterranean food! Eggplant, olive oil, anchovies, garlic, basil & tomato...
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is making Dungenuss Crab Cioppino for Christmas dinner.
My cooking triumphs
I canned salsa for the first time this year. Now I'm addicted to canning and I want to fill my pantry with enough food to last till next summer! That will be a triumph!
My cooking tragedies
Making a huge batch of Apple butter in the slow cooker I misread the recipe and added a cup of vinegar instead of a cup of sugar! Yikes!
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple, and Red Lentil Soup
What a beautifully simple recipe. The balance of salty, sweet & spice is perfect. For lower fat I reduced the the butter to 1 tablespoon and added 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Next time I'll add a full cup of lentils because I love them. Used my immersion blender for a nice velvety texture. I'm adding this healthy soup to my weekly menu. Thanks for the great recipe!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 29, 2014
Gluten- and Dairy-Free Vegan Coffee Whitener
What a wonderful recipe! The only change I made was using rice milk instead of almond. I even used the optional coconut oil for the added nutrients! When I blended with my immersion blender it made the creamer nice and frothy. I ended up with some beautiful latte foam. I don't drink coffee but I made a lovely chai tea latte. Also the creamer does separate in the fridge so I store it in a mason jar and give it a quick shake before pouring into my tea. Thanks for this gem of a recipe!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 5, 2014
Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping
Great recipe! Instead of the crumb topping I topped the muffins before baking with salted pumpkin seeds to add some extra nutrients. The salty crunch made a nice contrast to the spicy sweet muffins. This recipe is a keeper!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 1, 2014
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