Aja Profile - Allrecipes.com (14286550)


Home Town: Texas, USA
Living In: Washington, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Photography, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Jan. 23, 2014 7:32 pm 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2014 9:13 am
It's dreary and cold with my heater on full blast. When I come home from work during this time of season, all I want is some creamy comforting soup. Nothing else will do! To me, I ask myself, "Is there anything better?". Well yeah... there is, but soup warms you up and it's easy to… MORE
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About this Cook
I found my niche cooking at an early age, but took a path as a designer thinking that cooking was just a hobby. Back in college, my fashion styling teacher brought in a food stylist to speak about their profession. That was what I ultimately wanted to do! Even though I am not using my Visual Merchandising major, I think it plays a big part in how I present food. I'm a trial and error home cook and find that experimenting with different ingredients/flavors is what makes a dish very special and inventive. Gradually, I'm working on my food presentation and think I'm getting a bit better with every dish I make. I am originally from Texas, so my culinary roots are heavily southern influenced, but now with a Pacific Northwest twist since my move to Washington. I find it incredible to be surrounded by fresh seafood and locally grown vegetables. Since moving out here, the way I cook and see food is completely different from my deep-fried past life (although I indulge from time to time)
My favorite things to cook
Shrimp egg foo young, lentils, and practically anything seafood!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up with my grandma, she always made huge one-pot meals. Her specialty was beef stew with spaghetti noodles. As a kid, I never really appreciated it, but now looking back, I respect more than ever the time and love she put into getting food on the table for us. She is forever my inspiration.
My cooking triumphs
Getting the perfect sear on ahi tuna.
My cooking tragedies
Horribly overcooking very expensive jumbo shrimp in the oven. I wanted to be somewhat fancy and wrap proscuitto around the shrimp. It was terrible and I was cooking for a date at the time. He was very nice about it and said it was good, but I knew he was "just being nice about it". I knew never to make that mistake again!
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Sesame-Crusted Tuna with Summer Salsa
I enjoyed this recipe! The wasabi powder in the salsa gave a nice heat to this dish. This dish was made for the grill, but unfortunately, I live in a small apartment with no grill on hand- so I pan-seared it. This recipe says to cook the tuna until opaque, but I tend to like mine more on the rare side to preserve all of that fresh flavor. Definitely a word of advice: season this fish with s&p a good amount before cooking it. I have made that mistake of not seasoning well with this dish before. It comes out pretty bland. This dish had a nice balance of sweet and spicy with the mango and wasabi powder. This was a nice salsa that I could eat alone with tortilla chips. I added a few slices of raw baby radish to give that crunch I was missing from the recipe.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 9, 2014
Southwestern Egg Rolls
YUM YUM! - if I could sum this recipe up. The one thing I liked from the Chili's restaurant were the southwestern egg rolls. Since I don't live anywhere near it, this recipe definitely satisfied my craving! I scaled down this recipe and it still felt like a lot of filling! I had egg roll wrappers on hand so I went ahead and used those in place of the tortillas. However, either or tastes great! The egg roll wrappers gave me that crispiness that I was wanting. It was served along side some avocado-sour cream puree concoction that I put together. I had some egg rolls left over that I warmed up the next day. The crisp from the wrappers was lost which of course was a bummer- so I recommend eating this same day. Definitely will be making this again and again regardless!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 10, 2014
Saffron Mussel Bisque
Decided to give this bisque a try and I loved it! The onion-y flavor from the leeks and the fenugreek spice paired very nicely with the mussels. My change to the recipe was using coconut milk instead of heavy cream due to forgetting to buy it. I think it only aided in the flavoring of the bisque. My biggest regret is not buying a baguette to glob up all of that delicious sauce!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 1, 2014
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