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Carol Saylor

Carol Saylor
Home Town: Orinda, California, USA
Living In: Corvallis, Montana, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Boating, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
My Swedish Grandmother taught me to cook. So many tastes I thrive on come from her lessons.Food was also a way to learn about different countries and cultures. Understanding a method or ingredient helped me learn about the people and culture of many countries. My daughter grew up eating sushi before it was a restaurant craze because I made it at home. She chose to go to culinary arts college, gettng the opportunity to be trained as a sushi chef. We have learned to adapt local ingredients into our global palate from home for years!!!
My favorite things to cook
Mexican- Fish Tacos ( Salmon, trout), Carnitas (perfect slow cookerfood), Enchiladas Verde (I am not a gardener, but learned to raise tomatillos for this personal favorite) German - Sauerbraten (really good from Venison roast), Strudel Chinese- Pork Buns, (Chao Suo Bow), Kung Pao, General Tsao's Chicken Sushi (my daughter became a sushi chef because of our passion for sushi) Piroshki(baked dumpling, great at parties)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Each New Year's Day, we make a complete meal from a country of choice, thus travelling to that country.
My cooking triumphs
Sushi, 3 layer wedding cakes, finally learning to can and preserve, and in Montana, everyone is a gardener and we trade overrun crops. I will take someone's zucchini and make something with it, giving them some of it, and vice versa.
My cooking tragedies
When first married, my husband would be full from dinner and say "so do you want a chopped olive devilled egg tuna fish sandwich" It was some joke his stepdad used to say after a big dinner, but I thought it was something he liked to eat, so one day for his lunch i made it - a mess of chopped olives, tunafish, and hardboiled eggs, in a pickle relish, minced onion,celery slaw and some pickle relish mix. I put this mixture on whole wheat bread with some lettuce and tomato and put it in his lunchbox. He came home askng what it was that was in his lunch... when I told him, he laughed so hard I thought I would have to call 911. Then he explained the joke. Not only did I feel silly, I am still sheepish to make egg or tuna salad sandwiches. (He doesn't like olive salad so I won't even go there)
Recipe Reviews 50 reviews
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
This is so simple and tasty, with being a good starter recipe to make it your own! I use a 2.5 Pork Loin Tips which our local store has on sale very often as a buy one get two free. 2.5 pounds is plenty for our family of 5. But it was also great as a potluck offering. The tips have less fat and when I can buy 7.5 pounds of meat for $12, I am pretty happy. I have used root beer, gingerale, rubbed the tips in McCormick's dry rubs, my home made rub, and it turns out wonderful everytime.

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Reviewed On: May 8, 2015
Crazy Spicy Chicken
Upfront, I mangled the recipe. Dwindled it to two servings. Used leftover rice already cooked, and chicken thighs. But the flavors I was wanting are here. I had all the ingredients in different forms. but the tomato mango onion spice mix rocks! I had chicken thighs. removed skin, left bone in. Had two ready to eat mangos, sliced and diced those. ended up having to make my own curry powder because I only had a teaspoon full but enough of the other ingredients to make 1/4 cup curry powder. .Had leftover rice from last night and asparagus that needed to be cooked. Rubbed the curry powder on the chicken, sautéed with the onions (I also added bell peppers) mixed tomatoes and mangoes together and poured over stewing chicken. A couple drops of sriacha was good too. I was looking for flavors to use what I had from leftovers and this did it - only had to open a can of tomatoes. Point is - good flavor combination, easy to prepare if you have everything. (I found this by doing the ingredient search knowing I had mangos and asparagus)

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Reviewed On: Apr. 12, 2015
Mexican Sushi
Only a 3 because------This is misleading. But tasty. It's a tortilla roll-up. Sushi translates to "marinated rice". There's no rice involved. Had the Avocado Council done some research, they'd know that.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 1, 2015

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