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Living In: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Charity Work
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Monster Eyeball Cupcakes
About this Cook
I love cooking, baking, creating and decorating. I'm going back to school in the spring & also work full time, so I haven't been able to find much time to cook. I have a fiance named Alex and I often cook for him, his friends and his coworkers. We are expecting our first baby in June 2013 and couldn't be happier. Surprise, surprise :) I am a sperm-donor baby and was a very spoiled kid whose parents cooked delicious meals everyday. I had my own pony named Buttercup & we had 10 other horses, pigeons, 4 dogs, a rabbit, beta fish, 3 rats, 2 cats.. So I'm a BIG animal lover! :) Seriously - I always tell people, if I was rich, I would buy a gigantic plot of land and take in all of the homeless animals I possibly could. Not like an animal hoarder, but more like a no-kill animal sanctuary. I can't wait to get through school and start a life with the guy I love, adopt a couple animals, do a lot of cooking and reading and take care of our future children :)
My favorite things to cook
Anything pretty. I'm not very talented in making food appeasing to the eye. I love italian food. Pastas are usually my favorite, but since I became pregnant, I've been really picky and something that sounded great two minutes ago, now sounds disgusting. So.. I guess whatever I'm craving that very moment is my favorite thing to cook..
My favorite family cooking traditions
Nacatamals! I remember we'd gather the family in CA and lay out all the ingredients. We'd all fill the tamales with one ingredient and pass them along to the next person who would fill it with the next.
My cooking triumphs
Yippee! I can finally say I have a cooking triumph! I cooked Easter dinner for 10 people this year ALL BY MYSELF. Well.. I guess the fiance helped a little, but not much. IE: He chopped an onion. Everything turned out perfectly too, sans a few minor inconveniences.. I was so proud and everybody was so impressed :)
My cooking tragedies
When I tried to impress the in-laws by baking cupcakes for a younger brother-in-law's birthday.. The cupcakes were great, but the frosting? Not enough sugar in my cream cheese frosting and it tasted awful. And of course, the mixer had to blow a fuse when I was whipping up a coconut meringue frosting!! I was so desperate that I sat there and whipped with a whisk for two hours. Since then, I've been lucky enough to receive a Kitchenaid ;) another - I can NOT make anything from a box to save my life! I tried making an angel food cake from a box when pressed for time.. It exploded all over the oven.
Recipe Reviews 46 reviews
Szechwan Shrimp
Didn't realize that this said cooked shrimp, ended up using raw. I'd highly suggest it that way. Ohh, man! This was absolutely delicious. I can't rave enough. For such a simple recipe, I was shocked. Definitely throwing this into my weekly rotation (or at LEAST once a month) as I have most everything in my pantry. I used ground ginger instead of the reviewers suggestion to use fresh and it was fabulous. I would highly recommend doubling the sauce per Tony's review, as is is not near enough. Awesome recipe. Husband approved.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 25, 2013
Peanut Butter Noodles
I've made this a couple times. The first time, I followed the recipe exactly and my fault - this wasn't as good as I was hoping because I didn't know that if you didn't peel the ginger.. it would be too bitter and wouldn't cook right. I've made this since and with peeled ginger, it is a great meal requiring very little labor. I've also made this with plenty of substitutes when our food supply has dwindled towards the end of the week. Including using syrup (not maple flavored) instead of honey, powdered ginger and chunky peanut butter. I would still recommend sticking to the original recipe if possible but when desperate, the subs will do just fine. 10 stars from the husband, I think this is just okay.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 21, 2013
Mushroom Artichoke Sandwich
Hubby helped his pregnant wife out tonight and made me this for dinner. He threw in some leftover orange bell pepper and used rosemary sourdough bread. The filling is just awesome. I loved these sandwiches, they are very flavorful and we didn't miss all of the gooey cheese one bit! The parmesan was just perfect. I would highly recommend this recipe as is, or to use up any leftover veggies like we did. Thank you!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 18, 2013

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