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LouHoo in VA

LouHoo in VA
Home Town: Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Living In: Martinsville, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
My husband & I are "DINK"s (Double-Income, No Kids) and although we both work full-time, we travel alot and are always on the go. I never had an interest in cooking growing up. My mom made mostly casseroles or warmed up packaged convenience foods. But I've learned a lot from my dear mother-in-law and now I really enjoy cooking -- when I can find time. My husband prefers basic meat & potatoes type dishes, but he's trying to go low-carb, so he's willing to try a few different things. He isn't really picky -- he just likes the same old things, over and over. But I'm trying to teach him "variety is the spice of life"! We eat out rarely, so preparing 3 meals a day at home (or "brown bagging" lunch from home), I'm always on the look-out for something new.
My favorite things to cook
To satisfy husband's appetite, I like basic red meat recipes, but I'm always trying to entice him with some "delicious" (healthy) veggie or seafood dish. We also enjoy grilling. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so I really don't bake cakes or make too many desserts. But Allrecipes is a great source if I have to provide a dessert for a potluck meal.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband & I have both our sets of parents over to our house for dinner for most holidays & birthdays. And in the Fall, we have great tailgate parties every Saturday before UVA football games!
My cooking triumphs
Everybody loves my pot roast & Baby Back Ribs (slow-cooked in the oven for 3-4 hours)
My cooking tragedies
I've never had good luck with roasts, chicken, etc. in the crockpot (they come out too dry or tough, even though the liquid covers the meat). However, I've recently attempted several soup/stew recipes (like "Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup" off this site!) in my crockpot with great success!! Thanks!
Recipe Reviews 63 reviews
Famous Pork Chops
This is one of our favorite recipes! Here's what I do: Only use 1 egg; use Ritz cracker crumbs; season with Garlic Salt, coarse black Pepper & dash of Cayenne pepper. Dot tops with 1/3 stick of butter pats. Bake (uncovered) at 400 for 15-20 minutes. Turn chops over & top with pats from remaining 1/3 stick of butter. Bake 15 more minutes. Perfect! Crispy outside, tender & moist inside!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 30, 2013
Rempel Family Meatloaf
Made this for weeknight family dinner. It has a very dense, meaty texture (which I'm not sure was a good thing); however, we found this meatloaf to be seriously lacking in flavor. Even my 'carnivore' husband said he likes my old standby meatloaf recipe better. Think I'll go back to using my old meatloaf recipe -- it's more moist and has more flavor. The leftovers of mine re-heat much better (especially for next-day meatloaf sandwiches! Yum!) as it is more moist. Also, I missed the tiny bits of green pepper/onion/tomato that I enjoy in my recipe. (BUT . . . I might use the "glaze" from other reader's Tips on this recipe, on my own! So something gained at least!)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 19, 2013
Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole
made this last night to go with burgers on the grill; turned out pretty good. Was definitely creamy (almost too soupy when it first came out of the oven, but set up a little bit after about 10min). Mine was greasy on top, though! Ugh! I laid a couple of strong, absorbent paper towels across the top to blot up most of the grease & it looked a lot more appetizing after that. *Final conclusion: although this recipe was good, I think I like my old hashbrown casserole better (only 1 can of "Cream of ..." soup) and I might add diced ham to mine in the future. ** Oh yeah, I think it needs several shakes of Hot Sauce to give it a little zing!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 21, 2013
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