Rock_lobster Profile - (11170677)

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Home Town: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Living In: Braselton, Georgia, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Kids
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm a video game nerd who has fun messing around in the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make explosively-full omelets (especially at "brinner" or breakfast-for-dinner), anything in my slow-cooker, and Mexican-inspired casseroles.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family meals growing up were chicken & dumplings, blinis with applesauce, and pot roast with carrots and egg noodles. New traditions w/ my husband, daughter and I include nights of the week where one of us always chooses the menu, and one "free-for-all" night that I have off from the kitchen, and they can scrounge for leftovers. I also like using Sunday afternoon for making several days' worth of meals ahead to make work days easier.
My cooking triumphs
It was very intimidating to host my first Thanksgiving a la rock_lobster several years back, but it turned out successful and delicious, and now I'm always happy to pitch in at any holiday meal.
My cooking tragedies
I accidentally put sweetened condensed milk into a corn chowder instead of evaporated milk! /barf. Also, I was on vacation and had to make do with what the rented cottage had and prepared Paella in a big soup pot with ill-fitting lid. 2 hours later, and hungry folks nibbling hors d'oeuvres in anticipation of dinner, and the rice was half crunchy-disaster, half squishy pudding-consistency. Mistakenly bought puff pastry dough instead of phyllo dough for a slender, Nutella-filled dessert treat that ended up exploding into a dough-ey snake in my oven.
Recipe Reviews 485 reviews
Taco Mix with Black Beans
Taco Mix w/ Black Beans Haiku: "Gave us leftovers, by stretching one pound of meat. Thought it was quite good." I ended up adding a 3rd tablespoon of taco seasoning (Bill Echol's "Taco Seasoning I" recipe from here" after tasting this, thinking the meat was still on the ho-hum side. The directions didn't indicate draining the grease from the meat, which I did anyways as well. Took recipe submitter's suggestion and used mine in a ranch, romaine, tomato salad w/ crumbled tortilla chips and cheese on top. Seriously yummy, and I've got leftovers for lunch tomorrow, yay!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 10, 2014
Sarah's Dry Rubbed Chicken
Sarah's Dry Rubbed Chicken Haiku: "Reduced recipe, and used on two chicken breasts. Oh my, this is good!" I rubbed this on thick and goopy on two chubby chicken breasts, put in fridge for recommended 4 hrs., browned both sides 2-3 min. over med-hi in half butter/half EVOO, and finished off in a 350 deg. oven for 20 min. Smelled divine, perfect chicken moisture and texture, and taste was outstanding - even w/ all of those seasonings that went into it, none overpowered any of the others - they all came together so beautifully that I've recently made a triple batch of this to keep in a tuperware and use on chicken again.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 10, 2014
Haighter's 19th Hole Chili
Haighter's 19th Hole Chili Haiku: "Hubs and daughter loved. To me, it was a bit 'yawn', and needed some jazz!" Halved the recipe for 1 lb. turkey, and used a can of black beans; kept the rest the same, but found that just chili powder, sugar, garlic s&p weren't quite enough to make this chili sing to me, so I added Chipotle Tabasco to mine, along w/ cheese and Fritos and was happier. Definitely liked it enough to make again, just w/ some additions.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 10, 2014
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