ArmyChic Profile - (10001741)


Home Town: Brunswick, Ohio, USA
Living In: Akron, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Mar. 13, 2012 4:01 pm 
Welcome to my little corner of the world! I look forward to getting to know you and sharing our culinary journey! "Homestyle Gourmet" aptly expresses my style. I love taking a simple, homestyle meal and elevating it with little twists and substiutions. My mom, a homestyle cook through and… MORE
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About this Cook
When I'm at home with my husband I love to entertain our family and friends and when I'm away for extended training courses with the military or deployed overseas there's always a crowd at my place around dinner time. Living a fast paced life on a low budget I'm always looking for great meal ideas that are big on taste but not on time and I'm always modifing recipies based on what's on hand. The downside to good cooking is you can't get enough! My husband always loses weight when I go away and puts it back on as soon as I'm cooking again! lol So now I'm looking to modify all my favorite recipies to be a little more health-friendly for daily eating!
My favorite things to cook
Recently I've really started to explore cooking with wine. I'm addicted to cooking with olive oil, garlic and fresh ground pepper, and my meals often tend to have either a sweet undertone or a spicy kick - sometimes both! I'm never short on ideas when it comes to pasta or chicken and I love to prepare a well seasoned steak under the broiler, its quick and easy and always gets rave reviews from friends! I make a killer beef stroganoff...and my deployment days have reignited my love of slow cooker recipies!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was homeschooled as a kid and my mom had my brother and I cooked at least one meal a week. We had to plan out our meal, create a shopping list, and then she would give us a set amount of money and take us to the grocery store to make our purchases and then we'd cook the entire meal ourselves. :) We had so much fun and learned the valuable art of cooking and budget shopping. When my brother left for college he ended up cooking all the time at the Fraternity house because most of the guys didn't know how! And of course, my skills were well sought after when the chow hall wasn't cutting it!
My cooking triumphs
Nothing specific, but I'm proud of the fact that my friends and family enjoy my cooking and seek it out. I think I get that from my great grandma. She was always feeding us when we came over, it was her way of showing that she loved and cared about us. I do have to say I was pretty impress with my creativity during my last deployment to Afghanistan, its really sharpened my skills at subsitution cooking! :)
My cooking tragedies
Again, nothing specific, but when you like to experiment with your cooking you are bound to have one go awry now and then :)
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Chicken Cordon Bleu II
I love this dish. I've made it several times per the recipe, and with the occasional tweak. This last time I made it with smoked Gouda and prosciutto instead of the ham and Swiss and panko instead of bread crumbs (seasoned flour, egg, then seasoned panko, drizzle with butter then bake 350 for 45 min) I also added some of the smoked Gouda to the wine sauce....delicious!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 13, 2011
Chocolate Cavity Maker Cake
Delicious! Even better, its so easy to make! I cringed at the idea of a “box“ cake but took my chances since I saw other had the same feeling and gave it good This will be my go to cake when I'm in a pinch. Fellow foodies adored this. I took this to a small gathering (4 people) so there was some left and I took the remaining into work for the guys....while they are generally very happy to see me walk in with baked goods this one got particularly rave even showed up in my office later asking if he could pay me to bake him another one because it was the best chocolate cake he'd ever had! Our resident "sour cream hater" did a double take when I told him what was in it...then asked if I had anymore! :) I used Godiva liqueur and 2 cups of the mini chocolate chips. I think next I'll try the Baileys Irish Cream and I'm thinking a red velvet version....but I can't decide on a liqueur for that one to the kitchen to experiment!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 5, 2011
Party Franks
I've been making this for years! It was an old recipie handed down from my grandma. Its perfect for taking to parties, potlucks, and cookouts and there are never any leftovers! I recently took it to a friend's party ....there was a ton of food there but at the end of the night, the only dish completely empty was mine! Just make sure you simmer it and don't boil it. One time I got distracted and didn't keep a good eye on it the sauce looked like antifreeze on the plate lol but it still tasted fantastic!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 13, 2010

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