Windrider Profile - (13201887)


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Living In: Redmond, Washington, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Healthy, Quick & Easy
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Blog...  2 posts
Apr. 5, 2009 7:12 pm 
Updated: Jan. 2, 2010 10:14 pm
Cooking appliances change your life in ways that go far beyond the kitchen. This makes a lot of sense, as you spend quite a bit of your life in food-related pursuits, and changing how you can prepare food has to change how you perceive it.The most dramatic change in my perceptions came from… MORE
From The Blog:  An Apartment Kitchen
Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff 3.0
About this Cook
I'm a professional nerd from Redmond WA, feeding myself and my boyfriend as best I can from a crowded, cluttered apartment kitchen while holding down an office job- and trying to improve from the "cook for the weekend, eat packaged junk during the week" pattern I started out with. I'm getting better and better at this, and our diet is getting healthier and better as I cook more nights of the week.
My favorite things to cook
Spicy food, Asian food, and spicy Asian food account for a lot, partially because the closest grocery store to me is an Uwajimaya- and I have a bike, not a car. The Spanish Chicken recipe in a Taste of Home Casseroles cookbook is one of my current favorites, but my boyfriend prefers the Beef Chow Mein recipe in Jennie Low's "Chopsticks, Cleaver, and Wok".
My favorite family cooking traditions
Illinois Sausage Corn Chowder. That and the related tradition of using sausage from one particular farm in the middle of Indiana, where half of my family hails from. Rather elaborate measures were taken to let me keep that part of the tradition going despite where I've moved to.
My cooking triumphs
The "let's use up the leftover flank steak from the beef chow mein" attempt at improvising French Dip, most of which seemed to want me to actually roast the beef when I was most prepared to sautee it. So I did. It was several different kinds of awesome, and I intend to write up the recipe next time I get a chance to make it again- and measure my seasonings this time.
My cooking tragedies
General Tso's Crock-Pot, AKA General Slow's Chicken. It didn't work.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
Simple and excellent. This recipe doesn't need modification. This was the backbone of feeding seven people Thanksgiving dinner out of my tiny apartment kitchen, and it made plenty and went off without a hitch.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 10, 2010
Amy's Delicious Turkey Burgers
Simple, flavorful, and has kept me from buying pre-formed turkey burgers from the store for the last three months. It's not too hard to keep the ingredients on-hand (although my boyfriend keeps eating the Cheez-Its), so as long as I plan ahead enough to thaw the turkey, it's a great low-effort "I have no idea what to cook for dinner" middle-of-week electric contact grill meal. I burn through enough ground turkey I should probably just keep a pound in the fridge at all times; I doubt it'll go bad before I eat it, and that'll make this very available on impulse. Recommended.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 10, 2010
Dorm Room Chili Mac
A good solid chili mac, and it works for whatever variety of mac-and-cheese or chili you prefer. I go for Hormel beanless chili and Kraft Thick & Creamy macaroni and cheese. It came out quite well, for what it is: a convenience food, made of a convenience food and canned food, that is more than the sum of its parts.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 11, 2009

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