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The Messy Cook


The Messy Cook
 
Home Town: Aberdeen, Maryland, USA
Living In: South, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: May 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Sep. 20, 2010 7:34 am 
If you are like me, when you are about to cook you are surrounded by a plethora of seasonings. My pantry may be no bigger than a bread box, but I sure can manage to pack it full of a variety of seasonings. I have your basics to those seasonings that are a special mix of the basics (which… MORE
 
 
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About this Cook
I am latino and I love to cook all types of food including those traditional latin recipes. My tastes definitely have changed the older I have gotten and the more I have learned...especially from my first Sweet Orange Chicken recipe at the age of 14!!! My motto is: Recipes are a guideline to discovering what you like best. So learn, practice, experiment, and don't be afraid to make a mess. Happy Cooking!
My favorite things to cook
hmmm...let's see. I love to bake. Some of my favorite items are my "ridiculously simple banana cake", cookies (i love cookies), brownies, and bread. I also love making Carribbean style spanish dishes like Pernil (pork shoulder), rice w/ habichuelas (PR style beans), Corn Beef Guisada (corn beef in stew-like sauce), and tostones. My favorite quick and easy meals are cheesy chicken, cheesy vegetable cassarole, thai chicken with dates, and quesidillas! Oh and how can I forget...I love to make Sushi!!!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was younger, we cooked very Puerto Rican/ Nicaraguense meals. From a little girl I would always follow my parents around as they cooked asking to help and asking what they were cooking. I can't remember when I first cooked, but I am pretty sure I started with bread and moved on up. My mom says I am like my dad in the sense I open up the pantry and fridge take out a various ingredients and start cooking whats there.
My cooking triumphs
My Maryland crab dip, my Puerto Rican slow roast pork shoulder, Graham Masala crusted salmon, sauteed brussel sprouts with butternut squash and pecans. The more I have fun with cooking the better it is!
My cooking tragedies
Oh there have been many...mypeople always seemed to enjoy them, but as the cook who envisioned them you just don't seem to enjoy them.
Recipe Reviews 117 reviews
Holiday Brie en Croute
Deliciously Fancy and deceptively simple. I made two of these, one with walnuts and one with slivered almonds; and I substituted cherries for cranberries which I soaked in orange juice. Both were delicious! Make sure you let the brie sit for 1 hour, this is the key to it staying beautiful. Now sampling from another brie recipe I add a few snips of sage to one of the brie's I baked which adds a lovely aromatic.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2011
Elizabeth's Pesto with a Southern Twist
Quite delicious! The cayenne pepper gave it a little kick, I think next time I will use red pepper flakes. I am a huge fan of zest and the lemon zest added a nice freshness to the pesto.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2011
Kiwi Salsa
I really love this salsa, its light, refreshing, and the cumin balances the sweetness of the kiwi perfectly and also makes it the perfect pairing for more savory dishes. I added to some red pepper flakes for color contrast and kick. I also used agave because I don't have honey. Lovely salsa and will make again.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 8, 2011
 
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