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amyzissou


amyzissou
 
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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!

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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
Cucumber, Tomato and Red Onion Salad with Mint
This was a refreshing salad that we really enjoyed. I used sugar instead of Splenda and I added crumbled feta cheese to the top. Definitely like the mint addition, although I used chocolate mint from my garden and I think next time I will use the regular mint from the store...chocolate mint was not "minty" enough for my taste. You could also easily substitute fresh dill in place of the mint. Simple salad I will be making all summer long!

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