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Joined Date: Nov 30, 2008
Birthday: Jan 13
Reviewed Cranberry Sauce
"This is by far the best cranberry sauce recipe I have ever used! I was nervous about the amount of sugar in it, because of previous reviews, but it was just right. I made sure to use a full pound of cranberries. (1 1/3 pkgs.) The orange juice and rind, along with the spices, cut the sweetness and gave the sauce a balanced and bright taste. My f"
Reviewed Shrimp Fra Diavolo
"This recipe has become a staple in my household. I keep shrimp in the freezer, and I can make this so easily on nights when I come home from work tired and hungry. While it's true that it can be "tweaked" successfully by changing the wine and adding other ingredients, I prefer the original recipe; the white wine and chili flakes give it a clean f"
Reviewed Black Bean Soup
"Incredible soup! I have tried quite a few recipes for black bean soup, and nothing comes close to this.It has the perfect balance of seasonings, and the lime crema brought a freshness to the flavors. I have made it twice, soaking the beans the first time, then leaving that step out the second time. I prefer them soaked; the soup was silkier. My "
"I love this dessert. When I presented it to my dinner guests they were wowed...yet it was so easy! I may try coating them next time with crushed pretzels and chocolate. It would also be fun to vary the ice cream flavors. Bravo, Brian!"
Reviewed Dark and Stormy
"I love a good Dark & Stormy, and have tried several recipes, but this is the best I ever had. It makes a big difference when you make your own ginger syrup. The syrup can be adjusted to taste. I love a big ginger flavor, but can tone it down for company. I make the syrup ahead of time, so the drinks are fast to assemble. I must admit, I love "
Reviewed Grilled Shrimp Salad
"I love this recipe! The marinade is very unusual and so tasty. I serve it on a platter atop a bed of baby spring greens. I place the avocados, oranges and shrimp skewers over the greens, then pour the reserved dressing over it. I looks elegant and festive.
I love my work; teaching writing to elementary school students. I am a passionate cook, and love that I have to indulge my hobby several times a day. When I'm not cooking, you'll find me in San Francisco visiting art museums, or at home watching art films, reading, and fawning over my Standard Poodle, Mia. My family (two college-aged kids, and a well-fed husband) and traveling are my inspirations for cooking.
I am a California cook...I have the world's most beautiful produce available to me everyday. I love grilling seafood, chicken and vegetables, and serving them with fruit salsas or herb pestos & sauces. I love Latin flavors, fresh Italian influences, and Asian-style cooking. I'm "famous" for my grilled chicken breasts (rubbed with white pepper and cumin) with mango-pineapple salsa. (Made with red chili flakes instead of green chilis for freshness.) My dream is to visit Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem, which I plan to do in May. I am intrigued with his international background, especially the Scandinavian influence in his cooking. (I am part Norwegian- and part Swedish-American)