Amee Profile - (10166512)

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Home Town: Rohnert Park, California, USA
Living In: Chico, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Biking, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I have to admit, until I met my husband I didn't even know how to cook eggs. Moms kitchen was off limits when I was growing up and while she is an amazing cook I felt very intimidated by the whole process and figured it was better left to those who knew what they were doing. Then something changed. I went from a single mom of 1 to a stay at home with 3 in the past 5 years. It's only in the last year or two that I have taken a liking to cooking. And in large part because of this website. It's so much fun to have an instant cookbook at your fingertips and to see what other people think of a recipe or add my own 2 cents. I also have a home business. I found out how to turn my love of books into profit by buying and reselling them. Now if only I could find the time to read myself- maybe when the kids go to college!
My favorite things to cook
Right now my kids are still young, which means they tend to be picky so stick with the easy kid friendly food. Cookies, bars and cakes are always a big hit. I recently found a good chicken nugget recipe I modified based on one I found here (and should submit) and mac and cheese (martha stewarts version), chicken pot pie, chili's and soups are a main staple. We try to to eat healthy so I'm always looking for ways to sneak in the vegetables too!
My favorite family cooking traditions
The few traditions we have naturally centered around food. My mom would do gingerbread men and women that we would decorate at christmas. Another favorite is her portuguese sweet bread, which can be any season. Thanksgiving is a full blown affair which I still leave to my mom, since I still feel somewhat incapable of duplicating her efforts!
My cooking triumphs
When people ask me for a recipe, or the kids say "This is great mom" I feel really good about my ability to cook. I now have a great sense of how to plan meals, how to alter something to our tastes and am a lot more adventurous with trying recipes I once thought too advanced for me.
My cooking tragedies
Many years back when I first invited my parents over to my new place to cook them dinner I confused a tablespoon measurement with what should have been teaspoon and seriously over spiced the curry! My mom was complimentary of course and probably didn't want to hurt my fledgling attempts to cook, my dad on the other hand who by the way hates spicy food, drank a lot of water!
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Juicy Roasted Chicken
This is a great jumping off point for adding your own spices as well. I make this whenever I find a whole chicken on sale but use Santa Maria Seasoning which is Garlic, Parsley, Salt and Pepper. Tonight I decide to add some red potatoes, swirling them in the pan with some olive oil first and the same seasoning. I like to put pats of butter inside the skin (loosening it first with the blunt edge of a butter knife). I plan to return the potatoes to the pan after setting the chicken out and covering it w/foil. They should crisp up nicely. A simple easy staple in our house.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 12, 2009
Turkey Enchiladas
I agree with reviewer Mclean - good starter, needs to be spiced up. I added about a cup of salsa to a rice that I cooked separately ( Rice a Roni variety). I also added a can of pinto beans adopted from another recipe I've done. I added about half of the enchilada sauce to a cup of sour cream and then mixed in 1/2 my cheese to the meat/bean rice mixture. The other half of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of the pan (with 12 lg. corn tortilas I use 2 pans) and over the top of course with remaining cheese.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 28, 2009
Candy-Coated Chocolates Cookie Mix In A Jar
I found this was an amazingly simple recipe to assemble and even easier to execute. The trick is to take them out of the oven just as they begin to brown. I test baked a couple of different variations as follows, my favorite is the 1st using 1/2 cups of each type of each ingredient: 1.Cranberries, milk chocolate chips, white chocolate. 2) Using the original recipe 1/2 cup red/green/white m&m's, then milk chocolate and white chocolate also.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2008

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