Deena Profile - (10020888)


Home Town: Bowie, Maryland, USA
Living In: Lake In The Hills, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Camping, Photography, Genealogy
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About this Cook
I grew up in the Bowie/Crofton area of Maryland, and went to College in Towson Maryland. Relocated to the Chicago area (suburbs) in 2003 for work and have been here ever since. I miss the eastern shore, especially all of the shellfish and particularly steamed blue crabs!
My favorite things to cook
My husband and I actually love smoking all sorts of meat in the months where it is warm enough. We also love experimenting with different methods of meat preparation / cooking i.e., brining, deep frying. I also love making all kinds of appetizers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Finding different ways to cook a turkey on Thanksgiving!
My cooking triumphs
Just made my first prime rib on Christmas. I had always been nervous to cook one because it's such an expensive cut. Turned out perfect, and I just made another one on New Year's Day.
My cooking tragedies
I always seem to screw up pizza crust. It is either too sticky, or turns out too floppy after cooking. When I make pizza dough from scratch, I always make sure I have a can of the refrigerated crust in the fridge. This is the next challenge I need to overcome!
Recipe Reviews 21 reviews
Curried Coconut Chicken
Delicious! We have made this quite often over the last few years. Tonight I rediscovered my pressure cooker. I prepared exactly per the recipe and added about a half cup of rice... Pressure cooked for about six minutes and it was fantastic! Just as good as when I simmer for an hour. Try it!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 25, 2014
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Loved these! And believe it or not, so did the kids. This is saying a LOT, because my son does not eat anything green. I served this with steak and pineapple, and these were the very first thing he ate. I did half them prior to roasting and added a small amount of garlic. I almost wish I had left them in a little longer (I took them out after about 20-25 minutes) because the ones that were darker were so much better and melty and sweet!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 10, 2013
Chicken Enchiladas With Mole Sauce
Just finished making this for dinner tonight. Luckily I did not have to work - the time involved is lengthy but well worth it. My husband and I gobbled it up! The recipe as written makes a lot of extra mole sauce, so I froze the leftovers. Probably could have done with only half the amount. And as another reviewer noted, I cut back on the chicken broth in the mole sauce (used about 1/2 the amount). We will make this again, on another day when we have a lot of time. Would recommend chopping everything up beforehand, rather than as you go like I did! It would probably save a lot of time in prep.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2012

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