paslea1987 Profile - (10607053)

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Home Town: Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
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Member Since: Oct. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Music, Wine Tasting
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Sweet Basil and Oregano Bruschetta Chicken
About this Cook
I'm a stay at home Mom who loves to cook. When my girls were little I made things that were fast and easy and required little to no prep. Now, well, I love complicated things that are tasty and maybe take a little bit longer but are soooooo worth it. I love to cook for my family. There is no feeling in the world like the one you feel when your family sits down for dinner and all you hear is oooooh and ahhhhh !!! Pure Bliss.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook always certainly involve pasta. My nickname growing up was "Spaghetti" and it remains one of my favorite foods today. My husband is 100% Italian and so he absolutely loves anything pasta. Anything I make with Pasta has him falling in love with me all over again. LOL !!! I love to bake with my girls and I am trying to instill in them a love of cooking and I think they are catching on.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas cookies. We always have a good time making Christmas cookies and even have more fun decorating them. We have tons of photos of Christmas cookies soooo delicately decorated. Paula Dean's corn casserole is a tradition for Thanksgiving. Every Thanksgiving. My mother in law taught my husband how to make THE best homemade Pizza EVER and he has since made it with each one of our girls. A tradition that I hope lasts forever. Homemade Pizza is absolutely the best. I am only the sous chef on these days but I get to do alot of the sampling. Which is secretly the best part.
My cooking triumphs
When my husband and I purchased our first house we had to gut the entire house and redo it from top to bottom. We had many, many helpers who sometimes gave up their vacation time to help us finish the house so that is was livable. As a thank you, I cooked for over 40 people. All my own. All from scratch. It was a labor of love for sure and I enjoyed every minute of it.
My cooking tragedies
I can't remember exactly WHAT it was but my husband,(we were only married a few months at this point), kindly asked me to not make it again. He was so sweet and I knew it was just awful but for the life of me I can't remember what it was. It was over 20 years ago. That I remember.
Recipe Reviews 113 reviews
Mexican Cornbread II
I used the Jiffy mix and followed the directions on the box. I then added whole corn (didn't have creamed style) about 1/2 cup, some fresh jalapenos and shredded cheese that has taco seasoning. Super easy. Super cheap. Super yummy.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 2, 2013
Easy Chicken Enchiladas
Loved how easy this was to pull together. I subbed black beans for the pinto because I didn't have any pinto beans. I also added a small can of corn in order to stretch this into more enchiladas. For the chicken, I used canned chicken breast. I followed past reviewers who suggested using only 1/2 the cream cheese. I also opted for lite cream cheese to cut back on some calories. Added about 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning mix to give it a little more flavor. In order to Spice it up even more I added Hot jalapeno chilis diced. I did NOT use flour tortillas ONLY because authentic enchiladas use CORN not FLOUR. I did include some enchilada sauce as well. I didn't want them to dry out. Overall very easy and tasty. EXCELLENT dish to make ahead of time and Freeze and then pop in the oven whilst still frozen. Thanks IANKRIS !!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 8, 2012
Chicken Tortilla Soup V
I made some adjustments based on what I had in the house. I doubled the recipe and in addition to the corn, I added a can of hominy and a can of black beans. I used a low sodium packet of taco seasonings so I didn't have to fuss measuring spices out. I didn't have any salsa so I added 1 cup of bloody mary mix and diluted that with 1 cup of water. Gave it a nice kick. I poached my chicken breasts in water instead of adding them to the onions and oil. Cubed the chicken after it was cooked and added it to the soup. Served with green onions, avocado slices , sour cream, cheese and tortilla strips. Thanks Betty !!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 28, 2012
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