IstyMae Profile - (10236304)

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Living In: Monroe, Washington, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Ocean Shores
Us on Cape Cod - Oct. 2007
About this Cook
I'm a 31 year old office manager and have been married to an amazing man for the past 8 years. He's a very willing guinea pig when it comes to my cooking! We are total DINKs - Double Income, No Kids. We live in a rural suburb east of Seattle. I love, love, love to cook! I learned the majority of my skills from my Grandma. She is a fabulous cook!! She taught me how to "work with what you've got".
My favorite things to cook
I love to experiment with recipes. I'm also a big fan of converting recipes to "Hobo Style" - anything I can whip up with ready-made, convenience items in a minimal amount of time. Think "Semi-Homemade w/ Sandra Lee" type stuff; Though I don't really care for any of her recipes. Ironic. :)
My cooking triumphs
Gravy!! I can finally make a good gravy. Thank you, Grandma! ;)
My cooking tragedies
When I was younger I attemped to make chocolate chip cookies. Once they were done I realized that I had neglected to add salt to the recipe. So, being the problem solver that I am I just went ahead and sprinkled some on top of each cookie. GROSS.
Recipe Reviews 64 reviews
Pad See Ew (Thai Noodles with Beef and Broccoli)
This turned out great! I made some changes based on what I had on hand and to lower the WW points value. I used 16oz of tofu fettuccine shirataki noodles, 4 cups chopped broccolini, extra garlic, 2 eggs, garlic chili paste and no vegetable oil. Didn't have any thawed meat on hand, so we went meatless. Everything else stayed the same. Will definitely use some thin sliced beef and halve the sauce next time around. The few changes I made dropped the points down to 6 per serving - serves 2.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 2, 2013
Emily's Dressing for Taco Salad
Modified this based on what I had in the house and it turned out great! I didn't have any picante sauce, so I used half a can of southwest tomatoes (diced tomatoes, green chilies, lime and cilantro), fat free sour cream, dry ranch seasoning and a couple packets each of Taco Bell chipotle sauce and fire sauce.

33 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 5, 2012
Fresh Broccoli Salad
Everyone loved this salad! I made it for a retirement party and ended up having to email the recipe to 30 people. I made some changes based on what I had in the house - used red grapes instead of raisins, real bacon bits from a bag instead of bacon and apple cider vinegar instead of white wine vinegar. I also added an extra tbsp each of sugar and vinegar to the dressing, along with some salt and pepper. It's such a quick salad to throw together and so nice and light, I've now started making it for lunch or dinner side dishes. It's even great without the bacon. Thanks for the recipe!!

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 30, 2012

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