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Living In: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Camping, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I'm often a lazy cook. When my husband and I finally manage to get home from work, it's late and we're tired. By the time we get around to thinking about dinner we only have the energy for something easy. I have my 'staples', but every now and then boredom leads me into experimentation. I've really grown a lot as a cook this way. Some good, some not so good, but at least now I know!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Dad was the cook in our family, and since he traveled with the military he liked to bring home new and sometimes strange dinner ideas. Half of which I couldn't spell if I tried. It taught me to be open to new ideas and new foods. Even the ones you don't want to ask too many questions about...
My cooking triumphs
I was six and mastered tuna-mac. It marked my independance and cemented a life-long love for a box of macaroni and a can of tuna fish.
My cooking tragedies
I've had failed experiments and stupid blunders, but I couldn't call them tragedies. If you learn from them and laugh them off (and always keep a frozen pizza around) then it's easier to refer to them as experiences rather than failures. Who's really going to care in 5 years that you managed to completely destroy a stainless steel and copper saucepan steaming broccoli?
Recipe Reviews 122 reviews
Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
It was excellent, but does need a few slight "tweaks". I made this exactly as written, and maybe it's because I live near Idaho and we get HUGE russets, but I could barely use 3 in a 2 qt. casserole dish. We like the crispy parts the best, so next time I'll use an even larger dish for more surface area. Also, adding bread crumbs and extra shredded sharp cheddar is a must, both for texture and design.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 30, 2015
Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Um, yum! This is a keeper and a soon-to-be regular around our house. I made this exactly as written, the only thing I'll do differently next time is to dice the cheese into itty-bitty cubes rather than shredding since it clumps. Might as well make it chunky intentionally. Oh, and sharp cheese is totally necessary.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 30, 2015
Maria's Mexican Rice
This was good, I made it exactly as written and it had just enough spice. It's a fabulous alternative to buying a box!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 30, 2015
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