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macattakk


macattakk
 
Home Town: Fremont, California, USA
Living In: Acampo, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
Early employment included restaurant work. Something about that industry gets in the blood and never fades. For a few years I owned/operated a small Pizza/Pasta/Ribs place. It was by no means a large success, but let me wander in the commercial kitchen world. After a few years, the restaurant was a memory. Now I struggle to cook smaller portion - stay within my cookwares boundaries. :). I enjoy watching and learning from other cooks. And, try things new to me whenever possible.
My favorite things to cook
I will say I am NOT a baker. Baking is restrictive - exact proportions, etc. Not as much room to wander. Soups and stews come naturally to me. I am also drawn to "comfort" foods. Fortunately, these concoctions get great reviews. I gladly accept inspiration from others' successes.
My cooking triumphs
Happy, full bellies.
My cooking tragedies
Happy to report no catastrophes. However, a flaw. If a recipe is known as quick and easy, it will take me twice the time to prepare as claimed. I don't know why. It just does.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Refried Beans Without the Refry
Could NOT be any simpler! Very flavorful. I'll be using this method forever now. I'll also buy pinto's in bulk to always have on-hand. I did not have any fresh jalepeno on hand so used small dried chili's; 3 - 4. Before smashing the beans I removed them. We were feeding a toddler too. It was NOT spicy. Just very flavorful. I also added some cubes jack cheese while smashing. Thank you for the great recipe.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 30, 2010
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Kielbasa
I brought this to a pot luck luncheon which themed soups and stews- all around winter comfort foods. These bites were well received - they complimented the other offerings. Easy to prepare. Easy to place it all in the crockpot and serve when everyone else is ready. The sauce is very pretty too. I will increase the spicier ingredients next time. (for my own taste) I used a very heavy hand with this first preparation -but this recipe can easily handle it. I tripled the recipe for this luncheon and my crockpot could have still accommodated another sausage maybe two. I would not increase the sauce though. The sauce thins as it cooks through the day with the lid on.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2010
Savory Slow Cooker Squash and Apple Dish
One squash and 4 apples is teetering on overflowing my smaller crock pot, but I sat on the lid :) I love the smells. I am a bit concerned there is no liquid added... but I am following the recipe as written. I can't wait to taste this. The weather is rainy - this should be perfect! so far I'm giving it 4 stars The dish is very close to tasting like applesauce. That is not a bad thing, but I was looking forward to a more savory taste. My concern about liquid was not needed the dish created it's own. Hubby really likes the dish. Anyone think adding salt or sage or celery seed will enhance a savory touch? I think I would cut back on the apple, I used fuji's - 4 big ones. Very dominant flavor. Love the cranberry tartness. Thank you for the recipe

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 21, 2010
 
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