Annabell Profile - (10988416)

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Living In: Newport News, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I love to cook. My mother was a caterer for over 30 years and my father a resturaunt manager. I too have worked in the food biz on and off for 20 years. Now I run my own video production company which doesnt leave much time for gourmet cooking but I have learned to work smarter and faster in the kitchen!
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy making Asian and Italian dishes and baking cookies when I can find the time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family loves to throw holiday parties and we always do a huge spread of heavy hors d' least 15 to 20 different items. My mother, sister and girlfriends join in the preparation and everyone loves our food!
My cooking triumphs
Ahhh...the first cheesecake I ever made. I had cut out this beautiful color magazine recipe for a gourmet white chocolate rasberry cheesecake and I carried this page around for 15 years but didnt have the courage to try it. Last year I broke down, bought a springform pan and made the cheesecake. It was an unblemished marvel! My motto...never be afraid to try something new!
My cooking tragedies
I am really good at cookies but not long ago I made a batch of apple, cinnamon, ginger cookies from a recipe that called for apple juice and chopped raw apples. They completly fell apart and actually didnt even cook all the way....but boy they smelled good. I still dont know what went wrong and evewn worse I was making them for a baby shower only 2 hours in advance....I had to buy something from the grocery store to make up for it... Ugh!!!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Chicken Breast Stuffed with Spinach Blue Cheese and Bacon
This was very good. I didn't change too much but was too lazy to stuff each breast individually. Instead I cooked the bacon in a skillet, drained off most of the grease and then browned the breasts. In another skillet I sauted onions, garlic, spinach, salt and pepper and parm cheese. Then I spread the spinach mix into a casserole dish, topped it with the chicken and sprinkled the bacon and the blue cheese on top. Baked until bubbly...very tasty!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 27, 2012
Peanut Noodles
Add diced white chicken,garlic, shredded carrots and thai garlic chili paste instead of pepper flakes. I left out the sugar, I didn't think it needed to be sweeter. I also used whole wheat pasta to add fiber. Tasty dish, and it goes along way.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 29, 2011
Wonderful Chicken Curry Salad
I liked this recipe, a good break from boring chicken salad. I made a few changs tho...I used lite mayo, sweet valdalia onion, 1/3 cup diced celery and I substituted hot mango chutney but reduced the portion to 1/3 a cup. The hot chutney kicked the whole dish up a notch and added a sweetness that enhances the curry. If your not sure about adding the chutney either seperate out a little of the mixed salad and add or add a teaspoon at a time to taste. I served this on whole wheat pita with alfalfa sprouts. Yum. I will make this again.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 28, 2008

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