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Home Town: Vacaville, California, USA
Living In: Vacaville Again!, California, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
mommy to two little ones so fast recipes and slow cooker stuff is always wonderful! and of course anything yummy i can involve my kids in making works well! and my hubby loves hearty foods that fill him up and make him whole after a hard day at work, which means that im always challenged to get healthy, fresh stuff in there too.
My favorite things to cook
i love, love, love mexican food and could eat it everyday!!! i also developed a love for moroccan while living in vegas (i know your going WHAT??? i dont get it moroccan in vegas???). our family is lucky enough to have a daddy who works from home about half of the time so big family breakfasts around the table happen almost daily. i am a total 'bake-ette' and always have some goodies on hand, pie, breads, cookies- always something good. you'd think we weighed a ton but we dont.
My favorite family cooking traditions
mmmm... my mothers chicken continental (this sites recipes are nowhere near as good), her pot roast and biscuits and gravy. my grandmothers chicken and dumplings and cobblers, my aunts thanksgiving dinners and macadamia nut pie.
My cooking triumphs
my baked beans. they are a recipe of a friend which i added a couple of key ingredients from my mom and aunt. my beans are now requested over my aunts, mothers and grandmothers for family gatherings. oh and my guacamole which is a throw together and my recipe for rib sauce which i learned from shh.. an exboyfriends mom.
My cooking tragedies
i make a lemon cake every year for easter. the first year i lived in vegas i was really homesick and i tried to make an easter dinner for my then boyfriend and a friend. well i took my perfect cake out of the oven and set it on the stove top to cool while i finished the rest of the meal. except i set it on a burner that i left on. and i didnt noticed til i smelled the burning.
Recipe Reviews 22 reviews
Mexican Bean Stew
three stars because i didnt follow the recipe exactly. basically i was tired and didnt feel like making a huge mess in the kitchen. i used canned beans rinsed well, a can of hominy instead of regular corn, mexican style stewed tomatoes, chicken broth, chili powder (i did use a tiny bit of cinnamon and the cumin), preminced garlic and a ton of minced onion and onion powder. also after simmering for 20+ mins i added a tblspn corn starch in a small amount of water and let it simmer for another 10 mins. before spooning into bowls i crunched up corn tostada shells (i was out of chips) then put in the soup, and put shredded cheese on top. i didnt care for the garbanzo beans but that was because they hadnt soaked up the flavors yet. it was a good basic for a recipe that was quick and filling and somewhat healthy. i will definately make it again!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 23, 2009
Pesto Sauce
this was wonderful, all i changed was half pine nuts, half walnuts (pine nuts are expensive!!)

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 18, 2008
Easy Slow Cooker French Dip
this was good, but it couldve been better. i used guiness, and you could slightly taste the beer, but still good. will probably make it again for a busy cold day when i know i wont want to come home and have to cook, but its not like my signature favorite dish.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 18, 2008

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