Deborah Profile - (10508954)


Home Town: Granite City, Illinois, USA
Living In: Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a General Manager for a clothing retailer. I have two grown boys who are away from home but come to eat when ever possible, usually with friends.I love to cook when I'm off work and enjoy having people over for dinner and holidays. My husband and I love to cook together, we share in the prep work and clean up. When the boys are there they do the same, it's a great thing to share with people you love.
My favorite things to cook
Southern breakfasts, pasta, french food, and anything from the southwest. We lived in southern California for years and had wonderful experiences with Mexican cuisine.
My favorite family cooking traditions
At Thanksgiving we go around the table and each person has to say what they are thankful for and then light a candle. It is a great time to tell people how much you care about them and say the things we forget to say all year. People say they hate to come here for fear of this tradition, but they end up enjoying it and sharing a few tears with us. Then it's on to the wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with good food and wine!! There is always a good hour of conversation at the table when dinner it over.
My cooking triumphs
Making a four course dinner look like a snap. Having huge dinner parties without breaking a sweat. Sharing great food and wine with family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was in college I made a pasta sauce in a crock pot for about ten people and I didn't precook the hamburger. When I came home that night and opened the lid to see white pieces of meat floating around I nearly died. We ordered pizza to go along with my salad and appetizers.
Recipe Reviews 22 reviews
This was absolutely wonderful. Just as good as I used to get at a local restaurant in San Francisco called Scott's. I had never attempted this before so I took some of the suggestions from other reviews and added clam juice and no water. My guest couldn't even believe I whipped it up in so little time. Very impressive and little work. Just make sure you have lots of napkins for the guest. I put in baby lobster tales and they were a bit of a challenge but worth it. Thank you for a great recipe.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 4, 2011
Hot Pizza Dip
This is incredibly easy and really tasty. I made it one night when I used my recipe spinner on my Iphone and it popped up. I was in the grocery store so I just grabbed everything. It was great! I did let it sit for a few hours to let the spices meld with the cream cheese. You can make it as lite as you want with non Works in oven or microwave.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 4, 2011
Roasted Vegetables
I made this last night for a preview for Thanksgiving. It was wonderful. I did exactly what the recipe calls for except I didn't have the fresh thyme or rosemary, so I used dried and just condensed the amount appropriately (listed on the side of the spice container). It was great! I think I will use this in place of mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving to lighten up the meal and make more room for fresh vegetables. This is a wonderful healthy alternative to all of the fat.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2009
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