LaraCollins Profile - (11147063)

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Home Town: Demarest, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Breakfast, pasta (I make a mean pasta salad), stir fry, anythign Mexican, anything that allows me to use my griddle.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother's chicken soup and my grandmother's tuna salad used to be among my favorites, but sadly I can no longer eat either as a vegetarian. Also among my favorites are my grandmother's mashed potatoes and my aunt's latkes.
My cooking triumphs
Figuring out how to cook things on my own without the use of recipes.
My cooking tragedies
I overcame my cooking tragedy! Last Sunday I made SUPER DELICIOUS baked 4 cheese mac and cheese. Yum!!!
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Basic Corn Muffins
Great basic recipe, which I jazzed up by adding 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese and 1 large jalapeno, finely chopped (sort of a "Mexican" corn muffin, if you will). The cheese really moistened the muffin and the jalapeno adds a nice kick to every bite. My only complaint is that I only got 10 muffins out of the recipe, which I thought was odd. Next time I'll add a little more cornmeal and flour to try to stretch the recipe. Otherwise very good!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 30, 2010
Seven Layer Taco Dip
Excellent guide for seven layer dip. As always, I made several changes. I started with vegetarian refried beans. Then added a fat free sour cream/cream cheese mixture. Layer 3 was 2 pureed avocados. Layer 4 was 3 large chopped tomatoes. Layer 5 was chopped chili and jalapeno peppers and 1/2 large yellow onion. Layer 6 was torn up iceburg lettuce. And finally, layer 7 was shredded pepper jack cheese. The dip was a big hit at a recent BBQ!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 23, 2010
Green Onion Dip I
I made this for a dinner party last night and it was a big hit! I did make alterations though. I also used a block of light cream cheese instead of the mayo (I HATE mayo). At first I found the mixture to be bland (even after it sat over night), so I wound up using 3/4 of a package of green onions, an extra clove of garlic, and an extra spoonful of dijon mustard. The resulting dip had a little kick at the end of every bite and was very delicious. Screw the dinner parties...I'm going to make this just to keep in my house!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 26, 2010

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