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Living In: Prescott, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am a 33 year old woman, engaged to be married to my absolute soulmate! I manage a busy, privately-owned stationery store in my small hometown. When I want to unwind at the end of the day, I come home and cook!(a lot of my girlfriends think that is crazy :) ) All of my life, I have had a major passion for food! I love eating, and I love cooking ~to me, they go hand in hand! I am not huge into entertaining. I mostly like cooking for one or two eager recepients. I am absolutely addicted to anything "cooking-related"! The Food Network (of course) and Bravo's series "Top Chef" rank high as my only television watching. I am always seeking new recipes (I subscribe to all of the "Taste of Home" wonderful magazine publications) and own many cookbooks, as well.
My favorite things to cook
Without a doubt my favorite things to cook are Italian food! Pasta, and lots of it! Everyone who has sampled my meatballs falls in love with them! I also love cooking lasagna and stuffed shells, stuffed chicken breasts( I vary the ingredients), meatloaf, hearty main-dish soups, main dish salad variations, cornish hens, rich butter sauces, rich cheese sauces, and last but not least, chicken enchiladas with a tomatillo sauce.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well, I grew up with both an old-country French grandmother, and an old country Italian grandfather. When those two were in the kitchen, it was fireworks! I mean that in both the sense of the delicious food they were preparing, as well as their discomfort in sharing the same small kitchen space (there was a lot of cursing ~ thankfully in foreign languages. :) I like to think that their passion, both for cooking and for life in general, was passed onto me. My mother is what I would call a "safe cook", somewhat unwilling to try new recipes, tastes and flavors. I am more like my European grandparents. I cook and live with passion, always willing to try something new. I think that my grandparents' cultures influence my style of cooking greatly.
My cooking triumphs
As previously mentioned, my meatballs have earned great acclaims! The woman I work for has declared my oatmeal cookies the best she has ever tasted (and she's a big fan of oatmeal cookies!). I make them for her every chance I get! My other dish that folks rave about are my chicken enchiladas with tomatillo sauce. Although they take around 3 hours to prepare, they are truly worth the work. Finally, I would have to say that several Christmas cookies that I have obtained off of this site have always met with rave reviews, in particular, "Cranberry Pumpkin Cookies" and "Caramel-Filled Chocolate Cookies" have been a big hit for all of the years I have been making them! I love that even people who say they don't like chocolate fall in love with those caramel-laced creations!
My cooking tragedies
I have to say that I have been extremely lucky in this area! I recognize my own cooking ability, and am pretty receptive to the tastes of those that I cook for, so I can sense what we/they will like or dislike. I don't think I have ever served anything inedible, fortunately. But a good cook always tastes her dishes before serving them anyway! I guess I have to tell about the time that I was preparing a pork roast in a glass (Pyrex) dish. It was getting dried out, I could tell, in the middle of its cooking time. I pulled the rack out a bit, with the dish still in the oven, and added some apple cider to moisten it. Well, the cider was fresh out of the fridge and quite cold, and when I put that cold liquid into that hot pan, the dish itself blew up in my face!!! Many pieces of Pyrex to pick up! We ordered pizza!:)
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Tuna Macaroni Salad
This was quite good. I did make just a couple of changes. I added peas (frozen, thawed at room temperature), an extra can of tuna and a dash of crushed red pepper flakes. I liked the way the salad stayed moist. Most macaroni salads I make seem to dry out the next day. This one did not and tasted even better the next day or two. Really enjoyed this, and I will definitely make it again!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 9, 2013
Jamie's Cranberry Spinach Salad
I have been making this salad for years and it is always well-received! I make it exactly as it reads and it turns out perfect every time. I usually save this for special occasions as it is more effort to make than just opening a bottle of salad dressing like I usually do. :) Thanks, Jamie for a family favorite!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 19, 2013
Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Perfection
This was to die for! I almost made the mistake of not freezing the filling, but I'm glad I did. It makes for a perfect bundle with no stuffing oozing out like I've experienced with other stuffed chicken recipes. I made the recipe exactly as it reads with no changes (and that is rare for me!) The flavor of this dish is fabulous. Very moist chicken, great taste from the filling and a crunchy coating. I would definitely make this for company. My only warning is to allow yourself the time needed to make it, a great dish to make on the weekend. Thanks for a wonderful new recipe!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 19, 2013

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