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Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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Member Since: May 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
After growing up in a household where dinners always consisted of meat, gravy and potatoes (don't forget the bread and butter) I have been undergoing an eating evolution since I've been out on my own. I love healthy cooking and I also take pride in MAKING things instead of heating up frozen foods or making boxed dinners. Over the past couple of years I have slowly become a vegetarian and have built up a good recipe base between different websites and cookbooks. My husband is always my guinea pig for new recipes which can be kind of a challenge since he is an extremely picky eater.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy making good food that is simple. My work can be exhausting and I do NOT want to spend hours in the kitchen. I have also found that some of the best meals I've made tend to be the simplest.
My cooking tragedies
Baking overall. I'm terrible at it. To much precision (i.e. measuring and science) involved.
Recipe Reviews 49 reviews
Grilled Chile Rellenos
This was ok but it needs...something. I was afraid of making this because the sauce just sounded weird with the peanut butter, but it wasn't bad, just bland. My husband had it with salsa and thought that was good. I would try again and spice up the sauce a little more. Maybe add some mushrooms or other veggies to the potato stuffing. It's an ok, healthy recipe that could be great with some tweaking. UPDATE - eating the leftovers today and they are SOOO spicy -- borderline uncomfortably spicy. I have never found poblanos to be hot so I'm quite surprised. just a warning that you may want to consider removing the seeds if you aren't a fan of heat.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 2, 2014
Nonna's Tuscan Salad Dressing
Very versatile recipe! I made it pretty much as written the first time around except that I used fresh herbs. I meant to add less water per other reviewers' suggestions, but was an airhead and added it all anyway when I was making it. It was rather watery and runny but it still tasted good -- so good that I made it again that week. The second time I made it, I used balsamic, dried herbs, less water, and plain nonfat yogurt instead of mayo to make it healthier. The balsamic I used added a really nice sweetness to the dressing that balanced the tartness a little better than the red wine vinegar. I also thought the nonfat yogurt worked out well with the balsamic and gave it the same creaminess that the mayo did without all those calories. I will be making this again tonight because it is just that good! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 30, 2013
Pumpkin Fluff Dip
Just made this for an office party tomorrow and it is fantastic. I think everyone will love it and you can't beat how easy it is to make. I'm serving with apples and graham crackers as suggested by other reviewers. This tastes just like a whipped pumpkin pie!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 24, 2013
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