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Living In: Portland, Oregon, USA
Member Since: May 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Dessert
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music
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May 27, 2011 8:26 pm 
Updated: Jun. 3, 2011 7:29 pm
Was just browsing my profile when I noticed that I've been a member since May 29, 2001.  That's 10 YEARS on Sunday!  I'll have to make something special.... MORE
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About this Cook
Living in Portland is the best! I think Oregon has the best of everything - people, weather and an interest in food that means lots of great restaurants and farmers markets! I work for the State of Oregon and love my job. Besides cooking, I enjoy collecting antiques, beadwork, reading and walking my mini-daschunds, Squirt and Dribble. I also enjoy watching movies with my cat, Gravy, curled up on my lap. I enjoy cooking for friends, and trying out new recipes on them :-) . We also have a lot of potlucks at work, and I like to try new things for them, too!
My favorite things to cook
I especially enjoy making desserts and appetizers, so I like to have friends over.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I haven't done this for a few years (too busy!), but I used to take 3 or 4 days off during the holidays and bake at least 15 kinds of Christmas house was filled with thousands of cookies! I also like to make at least 1 or 2 holiday yeast breads for gift-giving.
My cooking triumphs
When I discovered Middle Eastern food back in the early 90's, I thought I'd have my friends over for a mezza with kebabs, all homemade. Hummus (from scratch, using dried chickpeas), baba ganooj, falafel, tabbouli, basmati rice, marinated chicken kebabs and baklava. It all came out perfectly. Another triumph was trying to create a vegetarian lasagna for a friend. Spinach, chanterelle mushrooms and smoked mozzarella did the trick! And when my husband and I came back from Italy, I made an authentic Bolognese sauce and Ribbolita that both came out really well.
My cooking tragedies
When I was a teenager, a friend of mine and I invited 2 boys that we liked over for dinner. We made homemade spaghetti sauce with meatballs, salad and garlic bread. Everything was going well, until we forgot to drain the spaghetti and put the sauce in the water with the pasta! My only other tragedy is on-going; my husband is an extremely picky eater, preferring meat and potatoes, and absolutely loathes onions. I like to experiment with ethnic foods and vegetarian, but I don't get the chance very often anymore. Lately, though, I've really been in the mood to cook, and I've been creating menus and cooking something different every night. Husband wishes I would rotate, but I like trying new things too much!
Recipe Reviews 109 reviews
Lebanese Chicken and Potatoes
Husband and I really, really enjoyed this dish. No need to marinate; absolutely delicious without having to think about it hours before. On Weight Watchers, so made changes: 2 skinned & boned chicken breasts, baby potatoes, halved (not peeled), black pepper, added cumin and oregano (per other reviewers), about 1/3 cup lemon juice (from 1 pretty big lemon), decreased oil to about 1-1/2 tablespoons. Baked covered for 20 minutes, uncovered for an additional 20 minutes without increasing heat. Covered dish once out of the oven while I finished preparing a green salad, about 10 minutes. Chicken was wonderfully juicy and tender, potatoes nice and tender. The cumin and oregano really made the dish, I think; very complementary flavors. Lemony, but not overpowering. Absolutely first rate. Easy enough for weeknight dinner, but I would definitely serve this to company, carrying the Lebanese theme out with fresh pita, spinach with pine nuts and feta cheese, and maybe a nice knafeh.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 16, 2013
Slow Cooker Reuben Dip
I made this back in October for an at-work Halloween potluck. Most of the folks wouldn't touch it because of the sauerkraut, but those of us in the know, who LOVE our Reuben sandwiches, loved it! I did have to bring some home, and husband wouldn't even try it (sauerkraut AND corned beef), but that was OK with me...I could eat the rest of it myself!! My only changes were to buy slabs of swiss cheese and corned beef and dice them. I requested the deli clerk to cut the slabs about 3/4" thick. Would definitely make again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 8, 2013
Chocolate Chip Orange Zucchini Bread
This was so good! A friend gave me a monster zucchini, enough for this bread and a chocolate chip zucchini cake. I made one loaf with nuts, no chips, and the other with chips, no nuts. While measuring everything out first, I forgot that I was making 2 loaves, so there was 1 full cup of chips in one, and 1 full cup of nuts in the other. Delicious! I loved the hint of orange in both breads. Definite keeper!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 15, 2012
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