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Mackenzie


Mackenzie
 
Home Town: Bellingham, Washington, USA
Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Italian
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Music
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Nov. 4, 2009 2:30 pm 
Updated: May 7, 2010 11:46 pm
I’m not quite sure how it happened, but I have it on pretty good authority (saw it on one of those calendar things) that it’s already a few days into November. I realize this is going to make me sound like an old lady, but I have to ask, where does the time go? My sister texted me the other day… MORE
Southwestern Egg Rolls -- photo by Allrecipes
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Curried Zucchini Soup -- photo SunnyByrd
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Easy Grilled Lemon Chicken -- photo by Trinity
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Pollo Medierranean -- photo by jrbaker
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Stir-Fry Pork with Ginger -- photo by Allrecipes
Pollo Medierranean -- photo by jrbaker
Easy Grilled Lemon Chicken -- photo by Trinity
Curried Zucchini Soup -- photo SunnyByrd
Southwestern Egg Rolls -- photo by Allrecipes
  
Ricotta Cookies III -- Photo by mis7up.jpg
Ricotta Cookies III -- Photo by mis7up
Chicken Picata I -- photo by Chris Lamia
Italian Wedding Soup I -- photo by { Heidi }
Lasagna Roll Ups -- photo by CookinBug aka JL86
About this Cook
I am a 32-year old woman (I still stumble over the word "woman," but I don't think I can get away with "girl" anymore) living in Seattle, WA, writing for the very website you are browsing right now! I am originally from Bellingham (about 80 miles north of Seattle), where I went to Western Washington University, and then just kinda hung out for several more years until I moved south in September of 2006. I've always loved cooking and even had my own little spiral recipe notebook when I was in middle school to collect my star dishes in. (Apple pizza and scones were always a hit with the family—thanks Home Ec.!) I seriously considered going to culinary school when I was twenty, but then decided I didn't want to cook for a living. I’m definitely more of an entertaining cook, as opposed to a professional cook.
My favorite things to cook
I prefer cooking over baking, but I've been branching out more in the past couple years--I made a pie from scratch for the very first time for Thanksgiving 2006 and it was delicious. But, I made a cake from scratch for the first time recently, and it did not go as well. It looked great, but I would not use the word "great" to describe how it tasted. I've resolved to go back to boxed cake mix, and put my efforts into the decoration where I can actually do some good.
My favorite family cooking traditions
People are always surprised when I say that my dad does most of the cooking for holiday meals. "Does your mom get stressed out for Thanksgiving?" people will ask. Are you kidding me? No way! She, my sister, and I are all watching movies while my dad is basting the turkey and making mashed potatoes and gravy. Thanksgiving is probably the most relaxing day of the year for my mom!
My cooking triumphs
Ah, I remember it well ... I was twelve years old; I believe it was a Thursday and there was a chill in the air that night ... I pulled that seafood pasta bake out of the oven oh-so-carefully, and when we sat down to enjoy it ... so cheesy, creamy and seafoody (and I mean that in the very best way)... so very, very, delicious ... though I lost track of the recipe, each bite will live on in my memory forever ... ;)
My cooking tragedies
On my 30th birthday, I set fire to a cookie sheet full of French bread that I had only intended to toast. I had just finished cooking something else when I turned the oven to broil and underestimated how hot the top element already was. Chatting away with a friend, I was completely confused when I saw smoke coming through the burners and it wasn't until my friend yelled, "It's on fire!" pointing to the partially open oven door, that I realized what was happening. I swiftly yanked the baking sheet from the oven, dropped it into the sink, and cranked the faucet. Disaster averted. Moral of the story? Let other people cook for you on your birthday.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Spicy Chicken Thai Soup
This recipe is SO good! I added red peppers for a little color. Absolutely delicious!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 2, 2012
Amy's Cilantro Cream Sauce
This recipe is SO delicious! I used it as a sauce for a rice/quinoa bowl with chopped veggies--just as good as something I'd get at a restaurant. It seriously made for the best lunch I've had in a long time. I did add a little chopped jalepeno just because the salsa I got wasn't all that spicy. Thanks for sharing!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 17, 2012
 
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