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Living In: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Cool tree in a park by Lake Michigan. Nov 09
Bean Soup with Kale
About this Cook
Systems Analyst and all around geek that loves the outdoors, geocaching, cooking, exploring, traveling, music, snuggling at home with a movie and the cats.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make one-dish meals such as casseroles, stews, soups and chili. I also love to experiment with different cuisines and spices. I'm consistently trying new recipes and/or some new ingredient, usually every week.
My cooking triumphs
Everyone uses their first turkey in the category, but I have to use it too. My triumph is my first Thanksgiving dinner, which occurred after my mom passed away. I was so afraid the family would be disappointed but everyone loved it! So did I. Whew.
My cooking tragedies
I only get 1000 characters? Why answer this at all but I'll try :) Pie crust dough. Can't get it. Overcooked lots of nice roasts even when using thermometers (both instant read and probe types). How does that happen?????
Recipe Reviews 139 reviews
Coleslaw II
I halved the cabbage, had no celery (wish I had some), used much less sugar in the dressing (I don't like sweet dressings). I ended up with a delightful slaw. This recipe calls for too much dressing in my opinion (yes, I am counting the reduced servings). Cabbage, mixed peppers, carrot, celery, with an oil and vinegar dressing spiced with mustard and dill makes for a lovely salad. You do need salt and pepper in the dressing too in my opinion. Enjoyed it a lot but I took a star off for too much dressing which is too sweet.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 1, 2014
Baked Corn on the Cob
This worked really, really well. I had 6 ears and doubled the brining ingredients and it worked great. Yes, brine and bake with the husks; don't bother to clean the silk because once cooked the silk comes off easier than when raw. One thing that hasn't been mentioned is how your kitchen has this wondrous corn smell while baking. The end result was awesome using corn from my local farmer's market. You do want to consider having the oven on for an hour; what does that do regarding costs in fuel and heating your kitchen. If grilling is not available I like this result better than boiling, but having a choice I would still plop soaked cobs in the husks on a grill over this method. Regardless, this method results in delicious corn.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 1, 2014
Chicken Honey Nut Stir Fry
I used to make something similar to this years ago from a recipe I got from an advertisement in a magazine. That recipe has since been lost...until I found this one here! I believe it is close (if not exactly the same) to my lost recipe. To make it a bit healthier I cut the chicken down to 1 pound and added a chopped red bell pepper and snow peas. Those were lovely additions and worked well. I also used regular soy sauce instead of low sodium, and the result was not too salty at all for my tastes. Lastly I swapped peanuts for the cashews (cheaper). At first I thought the sauce was too thin, but it thickened up quite a bit for the leftovers so I'll keep the sauce the same next time. I generally don't like things too sweet, so I was light handed with the honey measurements but it's not overly sweet at all. I think a touch of heat would be a nice complement to the sweetness, perhaps a chile or red pepper flakes. Served on nutty, brown rice which was wonderful with this. The trick to recipes such as this is how well you cook the veggies. If they're crunchy they are not done yet, if they're soft you took it too far, just needs to be firm. This was as good as I remember! So happy to have my long-lost recipe back!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 1, 2014

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