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Lisa Sp

Lisa Sp
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Living In: Mukilteo, Washington, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am a creative creature by nature. By trade I am a product developer for a cosmetic brand. I think that creativity extends into everything I do - from whipping up dishes in the kitchen to making cards for my hobby turned into small side business. I will generally make a recipe as it is written the first time. I can guarantee that I will not make it the same way the second time as I love to add my own special twist!
My favorite things to cook
Pasta dishes, Chicken Enchiladas, Stews / Soups, Breakfast Casseroles, and my Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking a carrot cake the first day of spring. Making pumpkin bread the first day of fall. Drinking a bottle of wine while wrapping Christmas presents in front of a fire and watching my Christmas movie line-up... Oh, I'm sorry, that's not considered cooking, but it is one of my favorite traditions. :)
My cooking triumphs
Dishes that have gotten three cheers. (My daughter cannot live with out my cream cheese mashed potatoes)
My cooking tragedies
A couple of dishes that have gotten three boo's. (First stab at curry chicken with Jasmine Rice). Luckily my husband says that what I consider my tragedies, he still considers quite edible, but he is easy to please.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Italian Sausage Soup
This has become a favorite in our house. I too use low sodium broth and have added a small pasta to the soup on occasion. We have also made this with chicken sausage and substituted the beef both with chicken broth. So fun to experiment with the different flavors. Adele's has so many wonderful kinds to choose from.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2012
Chicken and Dumplings III
Great recipe. I made the following modifications to make it a bit healthier without sacrifing any flavor. I tend to use a lot of organic ingredients so you will see those call outs in my reviews. 1. Sauteed in the pot: 1/2 cup of organic sweet walla walla onion & celery (4 stalks) both finely chopped, 1/4 cup chopped celery leaves (from the stalks), and two fresh garlic cloves (thru a garlic press) - in 1 Tbsp of Non-Hydrogenated Earth Balance Buttery Spread (comes in tub). 2. Placed 4 Free Range / Organic boneless skinless chicken breasts on top of sauteed mixture in pot and poured in about 20oz of Free Range organic Chicken Broth (Pacific Natural Foods brand). 3. Covered pot and boiled on Med/Hi for 15 minutes. Removed chicken to a plate to cool. 4. Stirred into broth (1) can Healthy Request Cream of Celery Soup, and (2) cans of Healthy Request Cream of Chicken Soup. 5. Pulled apart chicken breasts into bite sized pieces and placed back into pot. 6. Added a half bag of organic peas & carrots. 7. Added All natural Sea Salt and Organic Veggie Pepper & Parsley. For the dumplings I used 3/4 of the Pillsbury Grand Buttermilk Biscuit (refrigerated) dough. (Generally I would use Gluten Free boxed biscuit mix, but didn't have any on hand). Cut them into bite size pieces and rolled into balls. Added those into the pot and cooked on medium for about 10 minutes, then reduced heat to Med/Low and simmered for about 15 minutes. Baked the unused biscuits in the oven for breakfast san

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 21, 2008
Sausage Casserole
I just made this dish for Easter Brunch and everyone raved! It is a definate keeper. I did incorporate a couple of the tips from other reviewers with regards to cooking the hash browns first, as well as adding 8 large eggs vs. 6 jumbo. Here are a couple of other tips: 1. I used the Simply Potatoes Hash Browns that were not frozen, but shredded fresh. There was no need to drain and press. 2. I seasoned them with Johnny's Season Salt when cooking them before hand. 3. To cut down on the grease and making it a bit more healthy - I use "Jones All Natural Sausage & Rice Breakfast Links". It has 50% less fat and 40% fewer calories. 4. Tillamook Queso Blend (Monteray Jack & Cheddar) was perfect in the casserole.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 8, 2007

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