figgy Profile - (10115342)


Home Town: Illinois, USA
Living In: Illinois, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb
Hobbies: Sewing, Reading Books, Music
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Baby Lily
Niki on left Lily on right. On watch!
About this Cook
I'm retired from a major candy company, where I worked for 16 years making their ice cream products and some candy products. My favorite things to do are spend time with my three dogs. Lily, my 4 year old boxer, Oreo a 13 yr mixed breed Lab and Niki my 4 yr Long haired Chihuahua mix, who we rescued from the shelter when he was two. It was his second time there in his two short years. He's a sweetie so I really don't understand why he was left there twice. (Well, he can be a bit bossy when he wants a treat, but aren't we all?)And, I love to read just about anything.
My favorite things to cook
Slow cooker and one dish meals. I'm limited by my families like and dislikes though, so I have to improvise on a lot of the recipes I make.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't think we have any. No one else in my family really enjoys cooking except my brother-in-law. He's becoming a excellent baker. There isn't any one dish we all have to have every year except maybe bread stuffing at Thanksgiving.
My cooking triumphs
Anything my picky mother and two adult sons will eat and enjoy. I often end up making two different entrees for the same meal.
My cooking tragedies
Fish! I hate fixing it, and can't eat it afterwards anyway. If someone else prepares it, it tastes much better.
Recipe Reviews 65 reviews
Chef John's Homemade Mayonnaise
I'm giving this five stars for the ease and simplicity of this recipe. It came together just like he said it would and was the perfect viscosity for mayonnaise. As for the taste I'm sure I screwed that up myself. I decided to do half olive oil and half canola so I used 3/4 cup of each. The only Dijon I had was the grainy country style and I had no fresh lemon so I used bottled, everything else was as called for. It was so bitter it was totally inedible. I was making my aunt Virginia's Party Chicken Salad and was short of Mayo and not willing to run to the store just for that so I used what I had in the house to make more. Huge mistake! For one thing the olive oil I had was extra virgin but probably not very good quality. It ended up pretty much tasting like thickened olive oil. That being said I plan on trying this again with better quality olive oil in the called for amounts and fresh lemon juice instead of bottled. It looked beautiful if a little green, ( the olive oil was very dark green) and came out perfectly thick and creamy.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 14, 2014
Pizza Dough I
A lot like the recipe I used years ago except this one calls an extra 1/2 cup of flour so it was much easier to handle than my old recipe. Works good when you decide to make pizza at the last minute. Good go to recipe for a quick dinner.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 5, 2014
Exquisite Pizza Sauce
This recipe is similar to the one I've always used for sauce but mine didn't call for the honey, anchovy paste, red pepper, Parmesan cheese or cayenne pepper. So when I made sauce last night I left out the honey (since tomato paste already has a sweetness to it and so many reviewers said the honey added made it too sweet), anchovy paste, (didn't have any) and the red and Cayenne peppers (my mom likes nothing the least bit spicy). I did add the Parmesan and also added about a half teaspoon of Franks Red Hot sauce, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend, (it has all the individual herbs in it) minced garlic, onion powder, black pepper and a 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. My son said it was the best sauce I'd made to date. Just adding the Parmesan and hot sauce made a big difference. I'll have to buy some anchovy paste next time I'm out to the grocery store so I can add that next time too. I won't tell any of my family though or they won't touch it with a 10 foot poll!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 5, 2014
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