Lisette Profile - (10146459)

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Home Town: Georgia, USA
Living In: Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Indian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm an elementary art teacher and cooking is definitely a creative outlet for me. I love traveling, running (getting ready for my 2nd half marathon!), and teaching my kids!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook most things, but have recently tried cooking more and more vegetarian and middle eastern and Indian food. I love a good dessert, thought, as well as just about anything with apples. . . I've also experiment recently with different breads.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a family of cooks! We've even made our own family cookbook and it's my most referenced book. Every Christmas eve, we make sweet rolls that are heated up and eaten for Christmas breakfast. Even the two years that I lived in Kenya, Christmas morning began with sweet rolls.
My cooking triumphs
When I lived in Kenya, I had to make pretty much anything I wanted to eat. My favorite successes included graham crackers, wheat thins, egg rolls, flan, tortilla chips, tortelini, and chimichangas--all completely from scratch.
My cooking tragedies
There are too many to count! My most embarrassing episode involved the first time I cooked whole chickens. . . upside down. It would not have been so bad if my dinner guests had not included four surgeons, who watched me poke the chicken for several minutes with my knife before one of them finally broke down and told me why I couldn't find any meat to cut. It tasted great, though, when we finally flipped it over.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)
I followed the advice of a number of people and added some spices to it--cinnamon with the onions (heavenly) and some chicken bullion, garlic powder, and cumin to the lentils. You could really add quite a variety of spices to this--it's pretty versatile. It turned out great--I will definitely be making this more often! Thanks for the easy recipe!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 9, 2010
World's Best Lasagna
This was my first lasagna and it was wonderful. This is a bit of work, but worth the effort--it got rave reviews from my dinner guests. It was especially nice to make it the day before and let it sit in the fridge and just pop it in the oven when I got home from work. And I did what some suggested--I didn't boil the the noodles, but simply let them sit in very hot water while I assembled the other ingredients. Delicious!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 15, 2010
Sayguh's Spicy Olive Oil, Tomato and Lime Pasta Sauce
The lime completely overpowered all the other flavors--it was like drinking hot lime juice. We tried to cut the lime flavor with a little bit of sugar, but that didn't work at all. I am pretty dissapointed--we both love lime and were exicted about trying this recipe. Maybe cut the lime to a tablespoon or so and leave out the lime halves while cooking? It] might work, but I am sorry to say that we don't think this is worth trying again, even with some modifications.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 7, 2009
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