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Rock_lobster


Rock_lobster
 
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. I love trying out new recipes on my family, and we all agree that anything worthy of 5 stars has to be no-room-for-improvement perfect, so I'm more generous w/ 4 stars for a great recipe. I like writing my reviews in Haiku; sure it's goofy but I like a little whimsy and fun in the kitchen and in my grub. I also have a Youtube Channel "Baby Nom Nom" that's just my baby eating; what's more smile-inducing than a precious chubster cherub opening her mouth like a baby bird for a spoonful of food? (Oh and I love making her unusual homemade baby food blends!) ... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe9c1Rfyaug8y9L3S4r6u8g
My favorite things to cook
Explosively-full omelets, anything in the slow-cooker, and Mexican-inspired casseroles.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family meals growing up were chicken & dumplings and pot roast with carrots and egg noodles. Now I like using Sunday afternoon for making several days' worth of meals ahead to make work days easier, like chilis, gumbos or casseroles for freezing, along w/ crustless quiches for the coming's week's breakfasts, and grilled chicken sliced and portioned for the week's lunches.
My cooking triumphs
It was very intimidating to host my first solo rocklobster Thanksgiving 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 784 reviews
Old Mama's Fashioned Chili
Old Mama's Fashioned Chili Haiku: "This is CRAZY thick. I had to add some water. I did simmer long." I like to let the house absorb the warm smell of chili and couldn't let this simply simmer for 15-20 min. so after checking on it at 30 min., found it way too thick and goopy (due to very little liquid that went it), so I added some water. I liked the addition of stewed tomatoes, rather than diced, along w/ the directive to cut the onion and bell pepper into a larger 1/2" dice. Made it look really chunky and pretty, and my DD was able to pluck out what she didn't necessarily want to eat in each bite. A nice, simple chili; nothing made it stand out as a remarkable chili, but it WAS good and I can only imagine that the leftovers will be even better.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 24, 2015
Zucchini, Tomato, and Onion Casserole
Zucchini Tomato Onion Casserole Haiku: "This dish bummed me out. Too much red wine vinegar, otherwise 5 stars!" I was not happy w/ this dish, such lovely summer veggies from my garden getting the vinegar and cheese treatment when I probably would've been very happy w/ just the garlic salt, basil and butter. My husband absolutely LOVED this side dish, but I just wasn't feeling it, and I did make it exactly as written.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 24, 2015
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Grilled Corn on the Cob Haiku: "What's with these reviews? All saying 'soak this''do that', Just make recipe!" I enjoy my corn on the cob boiled, simmered, buttered and salted, ez-peazy, or if from a roadside veggie stand near Charleston SC, just straight up raw. I thought I'd try this method just for a change, since I was already turning on the grill for pork chops. I made it exactly as directed, no soaking or any other steps tossed in, and found the corn to be delicious in exactly 30 min.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 24, 2015
 
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