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theresa in london

theresa in london
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In: Ruislip, Greater London, England, U.K.
Member Since: Apr. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
i was born and raised in chicago, always loved baking and cooking with my mom. 4 years ago i moved to england and married my perfect man. when my husband and i started to live together, i wanted to make more well rounded meals for the two of us [when i was living alone, my dinners often consisted of microwave popcorn, or a bag of yellow rice!]. i asked my mom for her recipes, started making my way through numerous cookbooks, and am finally at the point where i can improvise! my husband thinks that i'm the best cook/baker in the world and raves about me to his family/friends. his family are often asking me to bake little treats when they have visitors around. i know that i'm still learning, but am certainly enjoying the process!
My favorite things to cook
i have a real soft spot for baking. i suppose it's because of my sweet tooth. i can rarely resist trying something when it just comes out of the oven. the smell is too much! i also love making traditional american treats [both sweet and savory] that i miss from back home.
My cooking triumphs
i've recently been impressed with my own ability to make flour tortillas and biscotti from scratch. with both, when i finised cooking them, i just kept looking at them and saying: "i made this! it looks exactly how it's supposed to look!"
My cooking tragedies
i was making a delicious vegetable pie for my husband's family [10 people-- so stressful for me, who only ever cooks for 2-4]. i was using my mother-in-law's baking dishes and oven, and they're not quite the same as mine. i obviously filled the dishes too full and they bubbled over in the oven, dripping the filling into the bottom of the oven. this happened pretty early on, so what had fallen out began to burn and smoke out the whole kitchen! the result was that the pies still tasted great, but i felt pretty embarassed. my mother-in-law also refused to let me clean her burnt oven because i'd been kind enough to make dinner for everyone. unfortunately, that made me feel even worse.
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Classic Macaroni Salad
This was delicious! I can't get macaroni salad in England and hadn't thought of making my own. It was very easy I will be making it again and again. I added a hard boiled egg and left out the pimentos [didn't have them]. I added the recommended amount of sugar because I like a sweet macaroni salad, but it was waaay to sweet! I ended up topping up with mayo to balance it out and it was good, but only gets 4 stars because I will only use 1/2 the sugar next time.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 3, 2010
Big Al's K.C. Bar-B-Q Sauce
YUM! I've tried so many terrible BBQ sauce recipes and went with this as it had so many good reviews. It's sweet, tangy and a little smoky. I prefer a stickier sauce, so I simmered for 30 minutes. It was perfect. I used this with the slow-cooked rib recipe on this site and was blown away! I'll be making a lot more of this BBQ sauce and storing it away to use over the spring/summer. I've recommended this recipe to everyone I know!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 3, 2010
Slow-Cooker Barbecue Ribs
These ribs are amazing! They are fall off the bone, melt in your mouth delicious. I baked these in the oven with salt and pepper as directed, but used Big Al's KC BBQ Sauce recipe [from this site] for the sauce. I was a little dubious about cooking ribs in a slow-cooker instead of a BBQ, but the meat was unbeatably tender. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 3, 2010

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