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j-la


j-la
 
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In: Cedar Lake, Indiana, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Gardening, Boating, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My home is called "Sanctuary" because it is a safe place for me and mine to relax. We enjoy wonderful food and drink and share our thoughts and experiences of the day as we watch the sunset from our pergola.
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE my kitchen. It is my favorite room in my house. As I prepare meals I watch a neighbors horses kick it up in the pasture that adjoins our land. I see countless birds and butterflies enjoying my gardens. My kitchen is a natural gathering place for all. I love to surprise family and friends with new and delicious recipes. I have lately been enjoying a very old French cookbook I picked up at a rummage sale. My herb garden is a mainstay of my cooking. Before dinner, I fill a basket with fresh thyme, rosemary, basil, chives, lemon balm and whatever smells heavenly. The herbs I don't use in cooking garnish the plates!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My ethnic traditions include Northern Italian, Hungarian, French and Polish cuisine. Imagine delicious pierogis,the best marinara you've EVER eaten, a fresh baguette and an amazing homemade sausage from Grandpa's family recipe!
My cooking triumphs
Christmas dinner for 25+ is always great fun at my home. Of course, I have to provide the time-tested favorites but I do love to throw in a few new recipes to surprise everyone. My lemon balm sorbet was a big hit last year. I served it between courses but had to serve it again for Aunt Isabella who wanted it as her dessert.
My cooking tragedies
I roasted my first turkey in a very old stove in my first flat. The stove's thermostat was broken and the turkey was not done 12 hours later. Friends were coming over for dinner. We dined out that night!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Chicken Pesto Paninis
I just posted a request for new ideas on picnic take-along food and a wonderful all-reciper sent this to me! I have already tried this and it is GREAT! Thanks for the reminder about a super recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 31, 2009
Banana Banana Bread
Quite nice..... I added a half cup chopped pecans. Be sure your bananas are very very ripe; that is where the flavor resides in this recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 25, 2009
Tasty Spaghetti Sauce
Actually, this recipe should be given a BIG thumbs down.Even 1 star is too generous. The previous reviewers discussions about the herbs and spices are spot on. Lesson to be learned: Read the entire recipe before attempting.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 25, 2009
 
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