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Jen Leddy

Jen Leddy
Home Town: Marlton, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Pennsauken, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I love to cook and I love the supermarket. Both are so soothing to me. Planning and shopping for a meal are amazing stress relievers. I love to cook in large quantities and serve lots of people. Sometimes I'll even cook stuff I don't like or when I'm not even hungry just to feed other people around me. I love it.
My favorite things to cook
SOUP!!!!! It's probably the best thing ever created ever. It's so inviting and soothing and so versatile. Anything can be made into soup. I also love to cook with black beans, garlic, lemon, crushed tomatoes, grains, lentils, and olives. These are just some of my staple ingredients. I love trying new recipes and new cooking styles. A favorite challenge of mine is to make hearty meals that happen to be vegetarian. For instance, I make a mean black bean empanada and amazing sauteed brussel sprouts. I also love to marinate and grill anything I can get my hands on.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family didn't cook. I grew up in a family of foodies who ate out 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I always loved all the new foods I was exposed to growing up and the new flavor combinations I learned day in and day out. Unfortunately our kitchen was never used for cooking or preparing so I couldn't explore these flavors myself. I think that is why I enjoy it so much now as an adult. I can finally explore all the foods and ideas I've filed away in my brain during all these years of eating out.
My cooking triumphs
Black bean empanadas, vegetarian cuban soup, vegan chili, oven roasted turkey, apple pie, chicken noodle soup, lentils and rice, burgers, and marinara sauce.
My cooking tragedies
Silken tofu!!!! I once tried to make a vegan alfredo sauce that substituted cream with tofu. It was the worst thing I ever made and it had to be dumped out. The kicker is that I'm not even a vegetarian.
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Healing Cabbage Soup
Definately yummy. I added my own stuff to it as many other people did. A great perk to this soup is that it cooks quickly and does taste like it simmered all day. I was feeling lazy when I made this so I used a bag of shredded cabbage and shredded carrots to make the soup. I also added celery and used marinara sauce instead of a can of stewed tomatoes. For seasoning I used salt, pepper, rosemary (dried), and fresh basil. This is a recipe definately worth making. I will be making this again.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 29, 2011
Classic Bran Muffins
A little bland. Needed an extra umph.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 25, 2011
Sausage Casserole
Yummy! I wound up ditching the cottage cheese (I hate it) and used 10 eggs, some milk, and added ham and extra cheese. I used the suggestion to cook the hashbrown crust first and it all turned out awesome!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 25, 2011
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