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I'm a food nerd - I love to try new foods, new techniques, etc.  So if I find inspiration in something I eat somewhere, I try to duplicate it at home.  I also love the challenges of pairing - wine, beer or spirits - with a dish.

A few notes about how I use BigOven:

1) If I find a recipe that I want to try at some point, I will post it and add the tag "Untried."  As I try recipes, I will remove this tag and provide my honest review of the recipe.  If I make adjustments, I will include those in my review UNLESS no one has favorited or marked the recipes as try soon.  Then I will make adjustments to the recipe itself.

2) I love to get reviews - but I prefer some "meat" in the reviews.  For instance, "Great" or "Terrible" don't help any of us very much.  If you review my receipe, I'd love it if you include details on why you liked it or disliked it.  That will help others (and me) to adjust the recipe when we make it.

Steak - have a BGE (Big Green Egg) and absolutely love grilling on it.  (At some point I'm going to play around with smoking on it).

Italian food - my wife loves pasta and my memories of dining in Italy are some of the best food memories I have.

Asian food - I absolutely love the balancing of flavors in Asian food (or some American knock offs of Asian food).

Pizza - I finally found a good crust recipe and now have an outdoor pizza oven.  This could be dangerous...

My Most Recent Ratings

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Great recipe - made a sriracha mayo as a sauce and it was a great appetizer. — Geemann 9/20/2014
Spicy Asian Dressing

Spicy Asian Dressing

Great dressing on an Asian style salad. — sbjonas 7/31/2014
Asian Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Asian Rotisserie Chicken Salad

This was great, but must note that we used a different dressing - my wife hates cilantro, so I used another Asian dressing (Spicy Asian Dressing - see recipe links). The combination was great and we'll definitely make this again! — sbjonas 7/31/2014
Thai Chicken Pizza

Thai Chicken Pizza

The sauce was way too peanut buttery - both in flavor and texture. I got hints of what it could be with less peanut butter, so I will repeat but with less peanut butter. — Food-Freak 7/22/2014
Crisp Asian Salmon with Bok Choy and Rice Noodles

Crisp Asian Salmon with Bok Choy and Rice Noodles

Excellent flavors and unique combination. Great dish! — sbjonas 7/21/2014
White Chocolate Macadamia Brownies with Hot Fudge Sauce

White Chocolate Macadamia Brownies with Hot Fudge Sauce

Very good but not what I was looking for - was looking for more of a "blondie" with white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Prob won't make again but not because it wasn't good - just wasn't what I was looking for. 7/21/2014
Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers

Excellent - we had monstrous jalapenos come out of our garden so the rations were off, but the results were great - will make again! 7/19/2014
P.F. Chang Chang's Spicy Chicken

P.F. Chang Chang's Spicy Chicken

This was ok but it's not a very accurate copy of Chang's Spicy Chicken. I'll keep looking... — Pierreal 6/28/2014
Crab and Avocado Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

Crab and Avocado Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

This was OK - prob won't make it again as there a lot of other salads with crab that I like better. — sbjonas 6/25/2014
Gyro Salad with Tzatziki Dressing

Gyro Salad with Tzatziki Dressing

The dressing is awesome - used my Gyro meat recipe and sliced it vs. using crumbled ground meat. Great salad - like a de-constructed gyro! — sbjonas 6/18/2014
Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

These were awesome - we cheated a little and used redi-whip but it was still great! These will definitely be repeated! — sbjonas 6/15/2014
Smoked Gouda Potato Gratin

Smoked Gouda Potato Gratin

We didn't much, if any, of the gouda. I have quite a few other, better potato recipes, so this one won't be repeated. — sbjonas 6/15/2014
Panna Cotta with Balsamic Berries

Panna Cotta with Balsamic Berries

Excellent recipe and very good directions - this will now be a go to dessert recipe. — kmhaslam 6/14/2014
Sloppy Joe

Sloppy Joe

A little too sweet for our tastes - a good start but if I make it again, I'll definitely reduce the brown sugar and probably add something to spice it up a bit. — rowlf914 6/6/2014
Grilled Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream And Rum Sauce

Grilled Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream And Rum Sauce

Great grilling dessert! — sbjonas 5/26/2014
Ginger Soy Mahi Mahi with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Ginger Soy Mahi Mahi with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

This was awesome - paired wonderfully with a sauvignon blanc. — sbjonas 5/26/2014
Blue Cheese Dressing (from Del Frisco's Steakhouse)

Blue Cheese Dressing (from Del Frisco's Steakhouse)

My new favorite bleu cheese dressing — sbjonas 5/24/2014
Salad Nicoise with Seared Tuna

Salad Nicoise with Seared Tuna

This was excellent - will make it again soon!!! — sbjonas 5/22/2014
Spinach and Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon-Dill Dressing

Spinach and Smoked Salmon Salad with Lemon-Dill Dressing

Very good - works excellently together. — sbjonas 5/22/2014
Southwest Marinated Flank Steak Recipe

Southwest Marinated Flank Steak Recipe

Excellent, esp with green chili/cheddar mashed potatoes. — sbjonas 4/20/2014

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