badkitty Profile - (10211528)

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Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a stay-at home mom who loves to cook for my family.I have 1 son -5 years old and my hubby and I have been married 13 years. I love taking care of my pets also.I have 4 cats, a guinea pig and a fish. I love tv also.
My favorite things to cook
Soups, stews, stir-frys, casseroles, slow cooker recipes
My favorite family cooking traditions
Polish, Italian, nutcup cookies at Christmas,spaghetti and meatballs at Christmas
My cooking triumphs
Getting recipes published.
My cooking tragedies
My meatballs fell apart while making spaghetti and meatballs once,and I'm always cutting or burning myself.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Braised Pork
This is an excellent recipe and the pan sauce is so delicious you can drink it! I followed the recipe directions exactly with the exception of using a boneless pork loin roast (4 lbs). I cut the cooking time down to 4-1/2 hours. I also added some Worcestershire sauce to the meat when I put it in the crock pot. I used apple juice. I think a lot of reviewers were expecting the pan sauce to turn out like a thick gravy, but it is really more of a light sauce that you drizzle over the meat. It takes awhile to reduce, I'd say 20-30 minutes but it's worth it. No thickeners needed. I love the subtle sweetness and the mustard flavor is fabulous with the pork. I served it with buttermilk garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and cresent rolls. Everyone's plates were clean! I can't wait to make this again! 10 stars Chef John!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 5, 2014
King Ranch Chicken Casserole
Excellent recipe! I have never had a King Ranch casserole before and I was surprised at how good it was! We've been missing out! I used a whole chicken that I boiled on top of the stove with garlic, onion, bay leaves and spices and then cooled and shredded. I used the broth from it for the broth called for in the recipe. I subbed pablano peppers for the green bell peppers since they are a little tastier , imo. I don't have chipotle or ancho chili powder so I just used California chili powder(1 tsp.) and smoked paprika(1/2 tsp.)Took the cumin down to 1 tsp . Followed the instructions, using 3/4 cup chicken broth. This recipe makes plenty of sauce to cover all the layers and comes out creamy and delicious! I probably used a little more cheese than called for and added some fresh chopped cilantro to the top. Served with tortilla chips and salsa. My son asked me to make it once a week! Thank you Chef John for another great recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 7, 2014
Slow Cooker Island Beef
This is the second time I've made this and it is delicious! I have used the stew meat once and London Broil once, both work great. I didn't find this bland at all but I did add some things. I used 4 cloves minced garlic instead of the powder. I browned my meat first in some olive oil with chopped onions, Worcestershire sauce, crushed red pepper flakes and 1 tsp of seasoned salt (then omitting the 3/4 teaspoon in the recipe) and fresh ground black pepper. Added that to the pot and followed the instructions also adding in some fresh minced ginger root , which is so wonderful with pineapple.I upped the paprika to one teaspoon and added more black pepper. When it was time to add the bell pepper, I added in the tomatoes also(2 big Romas peeled).Served over jasmine rice and added Sriracha at the table. Thank you for posting this easy and delicious recipe that can easily be adjusted to your taste preferences. A pleasing family meal! :)

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2011
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