Lianne Profile - (1083914)

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Home Town: Centreville, Virginia, USA
Living In: Concord, North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Not much to tell... I'm a 40ish wife and mother who really enjoys cooking and trying new recipes!
My favorite things to cook
All kinds of things. Unfortunately, my daughter and husband are both somewhat picky eaters and between the two of them it's difficult for me to find things that we all like. Some of our favorites are pasta dishes, shrimp dishes, just about anything with chicken and some beef dishes, too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Just like my mother did (and my grandmother before her), I fry my "country steak" in bacon grease only I add some vegetable oil, too. The bacon grease makes it extra yummy! We also use it to fry chicken as well. I think that comes from back during the war, when vegetable oil was rationed. My grandmother saved bacon grease and used it for cooking like we use vegetable oil today. Other traditions are greens on New Year's day, along with black-eyed peas (though I prefer beans) and "backbone & rice"!
My cooking triumphs
A couple of years ago I made supper for a casual get-together for friends at my place and I made a baked chicken with lots of garlic, plus a gravy that included the roasted garlic. I also made a homemade salad dressing. My friends all raved about the chicken and how juicy it was (I cook it breast down for the first 40-45 minutes!) and they also loved the salad dressing (a simple "true" French vinaigrette made with shallots added... my mother-in-law taught me how to make it!).
My cooking tragedies
No true tragedies, although I've made a number of recipes that either my husband or daughter didn't care for, and I end up being the one that has to eat most of the leftovers!
Recipe Reviews 47 reviews
Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
This was soooo good! DH and I really enjoyed it, and I'm looking forward to having it leftover. I used my food processor to chop the onion, carrots & celery-- maybe a little too fine, but it turned out great. I could see that as an easy way to get your family to eat more veggies! I did use the cornstarch slurry because I wanted it thicker than it was with just the half-and-half. This goes together fast (especially if you already have cooked chicken on hand) but tastes like you spent hours on it. I'll definitely make this again.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 23, 2011
Dijon-Tarragon Cream Chicken
Delicious! Doubled the sauce recipe, using both whole-grain and regular dijon mustard and 1 teaspoon of dried tarragon. Yummy results for something that is so quick and easy to prepare! Served it with jasmine rice and picky eaters (husband and teenage daughter) cleaned their plates.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 10, 2010
Angel Chicken Pasta
As much as I wanted to love this, I did not-- it was alright, but lacked something. I did make it without the wine (DH does not like wine cooked in his food) and although I think it would have been better with wine instead of broth, I still don't think that would have been enough to make me love this. If I were rating it based only on what I think of it, I would have given it 3 stars. Hubby had a great time helping me make it, though, and he really, really likes it so I'm giving it one more star.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 28, 2009

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