CookBrooke Profile - (18988910)


Home Town: Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Camping, Music
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About this Cook
If I had an unlimited budget to build a house I would create the kitchen first and build around it... If I could cook everyday for everyone I would...I collect cookbooks and one of my most favorite things is sitting down with a brand new cook book and exploring it for the first time... Recipes inspire me - I take a recipe and run with it - that process is so much fun!
My favorite things to cook
Well, guacamole is my favorite condiment of all. Therefore, I will build a meal around that every week! Guacamole is definitely a healthy food.....thank goodness because these days, that is my cooking focus. Nutrient dense, healthy fats, high fiber, plant focused foods to feed my cells, support my immune system, prevent disease, and promote quality of life. That's how I cook now.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I remember my Nana's Sunday Dinners and I hope to resurrect that special occasion in my family. However, these days my focus on healthy cooking seems to alienate me from a lot of friends and family. I eat healthy and healthy foods taste good to me. But, not everyone likes my food! It is my hope to share food that everyone likes and everyone feels good about eating....and after eating.
My cooking triumphs
I have my entire extended family eating Collard Greens for our traditional New Years Day Dinner. My recipe uses a saute method with olive oil, onions, apple cider vinegar and a pinch of sugar. It's expected every year now!
My cooking tragedies
I have failed so many times on just the average meal. How many times I have said out loud "what was I thinking?". But how can you create a masterpiece if you don't experiment and make mistakes?
Recipe Reviews 31 reviews
Best Tuna Melt (New Jersey Diner Style)
This IS the tuna salad sandwich that I eat at a deli and crave at home. If anything, I have been enlightened to the benefit of red wine vinegar added to a tuna salad recipe. If you like sweet pickle relish in your tuna salad, it will still work here....I've done it! I do believe rye is the very best bread for a traditional tuna melt. But, I have experimented with other cheeses like cheddar and dill havarti with wonderful results. I also have to say that caramelized onions takes this sandwich to a crazy good level!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 12, 2014
The Best Thai Coconut Soup
I found this recipe to be on the right track for the flavors I was looking for...but those flavors were just not bold enough. I doubled the red curry paste, lime juice, and brown sugar. Extra fresh cilantro too. I really appreciated this recipe because it was very simple and it did get me very close to the Tom Kha Gai at my favorite Thai restaurants. I found dried lemongrass in a jar on the Asian aisle and that has worked very well when I can't find fresh. I have learned though, you cannot replace fresh cilantro and fresh lime juice...ever. Thank you so much for sharing this because e I crave this stuff all the time!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 22, 2014
Honey Mustard Dressing II
For me, this is the classic steak house honey mustard dressing. I make this recipe exactly as written and then add a dash of cayenne pepper for a tiny kick (which everyone can handle). I always serve this with a spinach salad that consists of baby spinach, thin slices of red onion, chopped hearts of palm, tomato, small handful of alfalfa sprouts (they look pretty sitting on top), roasted sunflower seeds, a sprinkle of shredded cheese (usually mozz), and a few croutons for crunch.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 29, 2014
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