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Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My name is Deb, but BusySpoons is my alter ego in the kitchen. I am a single, working mother of two young children, a 5 old girl and 3 year old boy. I love to cook, which leads me here! I also love to garden, I often cook without recipes, I hide healthy stuff in my kids' food, I entertain (a lot!), have a huge family, and also belong to a make-ahead meals cooking club, The Make-Ahead Mamas.
My favorite things to cook
Usually people either like to cook or bake, and while I do both, I'm definitely more of a cook! I season to taste, rarely measure spices and never make separate meals for my kids, so they're forced to be adventurous eaters. I love variety and the challenge of coming up with dinner based on what's ready to be picked in the garden or what I have in the fridge. The AllRecipes.com Ingredient Search is my best friend and I've been using the site for nearly 10 years now.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Potluck-style all the way! Food is centric to my large, extended family. We get together often for fantastic brunches (Italian Sausage Strata anyone?) and have a more-the-merrier attitude about our gatherings. Our Thanksgivings are attended by over 25 family members and any friends they want to bring along (last year we topped 40!), It's always loud, fun, and casual. And typically, Big Daddy Spoons (my father) turns on old country music and dances with the grandkids. Nobody ever wants it to end.
My cooking triumphs
My top three cooking triumphs: 1) Any meal where the food all comes out at the right time, 2) When my kids devour a plate of something healthy and possibly green, and 3) Any meal I get to eat hot!
My cooking tragedies
There are always going to be tragedies in the Busy Spoons kitchen! I hate it when my bundt cake winds up half in the pan, and half crumbled on the platter. I've accidentally added a TON of cayenne pepper to a recipe, thinking it was Spanish Smoked Paprika (I loved it though!). I try not to be too devastated by kitchen disasters, because there is always take-out!
Recipe Reviews 23 reviews
Make-Ahead Moroccan Lamb Stew
This is one of the most delicious soup/stew recipes I have ever made! I've made it several times, and I always make extra to freeze a family-sized portion. Making the spice mixture in bulk is a great idea. It saves a lot of time and we love Moroccan lamb burgers using this mixture too. I have also found this recipe to be very forgiving. I've omitted items, added stuff like kale and zucchini, tweaked the spices when I was out of one, and substituted dried cranberries, figs and raisins for the apricots in a pinch. I’ve also used less broth to make it more hearty, and served it over rice and couscous. Enjoy!

33 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 5, 2011
Make-Ahead Vegetarian Moroccan Stew
This is a healthy staple in our house. We often modify it to include whatever vegetables we have on hand or in the garden. Also, you can make a bulk batch of spice mixture and keep this Moroccan spice mixture on hand for quicker day-of preparation. This spice mixture makes a great addition to Lamb burgers, a fantastic pork roast or salmon rub, and can be added for a wonderful variation to a stir fry. We love these Moroccan flavors!

79 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 25, 2011
Sausage and Apple Breakfast Casserole
We have been making this casserole for years, and it pleases both the savory & sweet crowd at brunch! You will love this recipe as written, but I have made modifications over the years that are also good. I prefer to use Jimmy Dean's Maple Sausage for added sweetness. I have also used cinnamon swirl, sourdough, and cinnamon raisen bread in place of the French bread, and I think they're all great. I also prefer to use Granny Smith (tart) or Honey Crisp apples for their crisp texture, and top with Gruyere cheese instead of cheddar (but both are great). TIP: Make it the night before you want to serve it, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Then pull it out and let it sit on your counter for 30 - 45 minutes before you pop it in the oven. Great for Christmas morning, so you can sit by the tree instead of in your kitchen!

65 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 1, 2010
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