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Home Town: Boise, Idaho, USA
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Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Music, Genealogy, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Anything involving lots of veggies. I like to try new recipes and find ways to make old favorites healthier without sacrificing the taste.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Breakfast on Christmas Day is a long-standing tradition in my family. Homemade virgin pina coladas, orange rolls with cream cheese frosting & slivered almonds, pancakes with berries and whipped cream, thick French toast sprinkled with powdered sugar, sliced oranges topped with flaked coconut, strata, bacon, sausage, and gourmet cocoa are all staples.
My cooking triumphs
I've almost mastered my grandmother's pie crust recipe. She made the best pie ever. I took some pies to a neighbor and she told me her husband said, "Wow, that is what pie crust is supposed to taste like!" My kids think my chicken enchiladas are better than any restaurant.
My cooking tragedies
My biggest cooking tragedy was the Thanksgiving I made pumpkin pie for the first time. I thought the Libby's pumpkin was like any other canned pie filling so I just dumped it in the pie shell and baked. My husband was incredibly disappointed to discover I had made squash in a pie shell instead of pumpkin pie.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Roasted Carrot Salad
Love this salad! As noted in the recipe, the key is to properly roast the carrots. Under-roasting them makes for a soggy salad. I like to roast the carrots and almonds separately (or at least on separate ends of the pan) as they almonds usually are done before the carrots.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 25, 2013
Sloppy Sams
You know it's a good recipe when you make it for meat-eaters and they are having 2nds and 3rds and asking to take left-overs home. This is one of those recipes! Absolutely delicious, not to mention easy and inexpensive. I sprayed a non-stick pan with olive oil instead of using the oil called for and it worked fine and cut fat and calories. I also used Italian-style canned diced tomatoes since I didn't have fresh ones on hand, and cooked the lentils in the juice I drained off the tomatoes along with enough water to make the 3 cups of liquid. I made sure not to overcook the lentils so they weren't mushy. This recipe is a keeper!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 4, 2012
Best Ziti Ever
My son was craving the baked ziti he had while living in an Italian neighborhood in New Jersey. He gave this recipe two thumbs up! It's so quick and easy, with few ingredients but it's a really good comfort food dish. I've prepared this recipe many times, often when I have dinner guests on short notice, and it always gets rave reviews. We like it best with spicy Italian sausage and fresh basil in the layers with the dried basil on top.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 6, 2012

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