peachmarie Profile - (10942518)

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Home Town: New Jersey, USA
Living In: New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Nouvelle, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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Dad and I 1972
About this Cook
I am a nurse, wife, and mom of 2 girls and a boy. Very busy all the time, too busy to cook the way I'd like. Besides, my youngest (age 7) doesn't eat much outside of chicken nuggets, pasta, and pizza. I just keep exposing him to other stuff and know eventually he'll grow to love all kinds of food. My middle daughter did! She's a terrific eater now, with an adventurous palate :)
My favorite things to cook
everything! ok, ok - I love to bake bake bake - cookies, breads, cakes, pies (especially apple and blueberry), the list goes on. Tomato sauce, homemade potato gnocchi, ropa vieja, turkey chili, anything that requires a lot of patience and lots of chopping! I also enjoy creating new dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Anything related to my dad's cooking or my grandmother's cooking, which involves all holidays, of course! Lots of Italian food, holidays filled with cooking and eating from morning till night. It's amazing I'm not overweight, but I think portion control is something my family taught me and has served me well. I'd like to one day start my parents' tradition of having a cooking competition once a year with a group of friends, each person brings a course, and someone brings home the rotating trophy with their name engraved. I just have to find friends who enjoy cooking as much as I do! None of them cook :~(
My cooking triumphs
my grandmother's apple pie and her perfect crepes!! (she was French), tomato sauce (a must if you grew up in my Italian family), homemade potato gnocchi (a Christmas Eve tradition), hollandaise sauce perfected and sooo easy!, creme brulee, my yummy turkey chili, and Linzer tarts I make for my hubby on Valentine's Day.
My cooking tragedies
oh gosh, I try to put them out of my head. I've had plenty, believe me. Christmas 2008 was the first time I hosted a big formal holiday at my house, and it got a little crazy. I ended up forgetting all about the string beans, and the carrots & parsnips got served practically with dessert. Another dinner party I had years ago was simply timed all wrong and we didn't eat until almost 11 p.m.!! My best friend with young kids ended up having to leave before we even ate. oops! :~) I burn rice quite frequently - I tend to forget about it or have the flame too high. I probably almost burned the house down more than once doing this!
Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Italian Peas
Like some others also stated, I HATE peas, can't even stand the smell. My husband loves them. We've been married 12 years and I haven't made them once. So I set out to find a way I can make them that I might enjoy at least a little, too. I admit I was a little skeptical, "such a simple recipe couldn't yield dramatic results"-- but I was wrong. I not only found these edible, but I dare say I liked them! Not loved - you can still taste the pea flavor (of course!), but definitely something I could eat again. My husband, on the other hand, loved them. So I gave five stars - if you like peas, you'll love these, and if not, they can still be a game-changer.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 23, 2013
Southern Grilled Barbecued Ribs
So this is my second review - the first was based on how I think they would have tasted had I not burnt them to a crisp by using the wrong setting on my grill. As I stated in my previous review, if you have a Weber gas grill, all cooking is done with the top down, direct or indirect heat. This time I cooked them over medium indirect heat (instead of direct), and they came out perfect. The sauce is delicious. I gave them 4 stars instead of 5 because even though they are tender and juicy, they don't "fall off the bone" the way many baby backs do. I love when the meat just literally falls off leaving the bone clean. But for a quick method, this recipe is definitely a keeper!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 9, 2013
Pork Tenderloin Diane
Soooo quick and easy, and my whole family loved it, down to my very, very picky 4 year old son!!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 23, 2011
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