MelissaMC Profile - (11003695)

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Home Town: New Jersey, USA
Living In: New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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My first pepper!
About this Cook
I'd say the advent of the Food Network got me interested in getting into the kitchen and getting dirty, trying new things and learning some techniques. Several years later, I cook with the right balance of common sense and a decent palate. Most recently, my husband and I have adapted the Paleolithic way of eating (essentially gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free). A HUGE departure but I've enjoyed trying new recipes and adapting others.
My favorite things to cook
Anything, really. Still kind of scared of entire birds.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I wish I could say I come from a long line of good home-cookin' ladies. But I don't. My grandmother was famous for using straight pins in a roast (then forgetting to remove them) and my mother never picked up a spice or herb throughout my childhood. It was not until I was a teenager that I found out food was supposed to have taste. My Italian and Greek friends (and their mothers) opened my eyes to the world of food.
My cooking triumphs
My own inventions: The Perfect Chili and PALEO versions of traditional recipes (beef stir fry, veal milanese, coconut chicken tenders, garlic and basil "rice" Other people's recipes: Pumpkin lasagne, Pork tenderloin with balsamic reduction, Sweet Potato fries with herbes de Provence, Sauteed Portobello mushrooms, Chicken piccata, Veal Milanese
My cooking tragedies
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Smoky Four Cheese Macaroni Bake
It was awesome, and I forgot to put the cream cheese in! Definitely a winner. The liquid smoke adds a richness that cannot be beat!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 6, 2009
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