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    Member since Nov 2007

    Chef #642143

    From Mound, Minnesota

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    About Me

    A creative person who explores every angle of every person, place or thing. Cooking is a natural, artistic, outlet which I enjoy thoroughly. I have made a career out of corporate writing and hope one day to make the same footnote on fiction. Before then, however, I would like to learn more about cooks, their recipes and their passions. Glad to have found RecipeZarr.

    Pet Peeve? With regard to cooking, I crack-up when reading a negative recipe review where the reviewer has completely changed the recipe and is upset that their ingredients went to waste! For instance, when a recipe calls for spices or peppers and the reviewer says they were left out, cut back, but not replaced. They usually complain the recipe was bland. Really??? Or, if the recipe calls for a can of cream of whatever soup--the reviewer will complain that the recipe is just another bland, cream of whatever casserole. Duh!!! If you don't like spice, or you're fed up with cream of whatever casseroles, then take a pass on the recipe. Don't take out your frustrations on the cook! He or she has put a lot of time and consideration into their submission and criticism should be fair, not biased.

    Favorite Foods

    Shell Fish: Love, love, love---shrimp, lobster and crab. Even adore crawfish tails! Scallops, when perfectly seared.

    Pasta: Putanesca sauces; garlic butter sauces; grated cheese sauces.

    Beef: Love a grilled ribeye at medium (pink in the middle). Serve it with sauteed mushrooms and butter--in heaven!

    Breakfast: I adore vegetable soup for breakfast! As a child, my mother made oatmeal and sausages for my brothers--and on the back burner was a can of Campbells Alphabet vegetable soup for me. Everyone told me this was weird and I quietly agreed (while eating the soup all along). Last Spring, I went to Hawaii only to learn that for the Japanese--vegetable or miso soup in the morning is preferred. It's in every buffet. As for me, I am aproaching the age of 50 and still have a cup of chicken noodle soup every morning--there is no logic, just love of the soup.

    Snacks: PRETZELS! I totally love pretzels--hard or soft--the saltier, the better. Dip'em in mustard and float to yeast heaven!

    Veggies: Love'em all! Back in-the-day (1963), when I was barely big enough for a highchair, my six older brothers hand fed me all their over-cooked green beans--which I must've slurped and gummed. Later, when our mother saw how "green" my diaper was, she rushed me to the ER. All the docs laughed. They simply had no protocal or diagnosis for green bean overdose. In age, I'm growing closer to 50 than 45--guess what vegetable is my favorite???

    As a third-grader, I raided an "adult" appetizer tray. The only thing that made it adult was that it was placed on a high table and contained super hot, super spicey appys. We children were expected to be happy with peanut butter balls, rice krispies and sweet pickles. When I raided the adult tray, I discovered hot cherry peppers, jalapenos, pickled tomatoes, etc and hot salami. Yummo!

    Later as a teenager, I was into tennis. After a tennis practice, I would come home and eat a whole head of iceberg lettuce--as one would eat an apple. I drove my poor mother crazy--she could never count on enough lettuce for dinner for 11.

    Cooked, roasted, or tossed in a salad--I love my veggies!

    Desserts: As a savory person, I'm not big on them. My favorite dessert is creme brulee or strawberry shortcake, in season. Otherwise, I find pies, cakes, ice creams to be too sweet and overwhelming.

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