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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.
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 426 reviews
The Ultimate Slow Cooked Chili
Ultimate Slow Cooked Chili Haiku: "Halved the recipe, but still way too many beans. Good, not 'ultimate.'" The ingredient list is unneccesarily long, but I was faithful to it, only not using the optional red wine, and sauteeing the bell pepper w/ the onion, beef and garlic in step 1. It just seemed like so many of those ingredients either competed w/ the others, or were just straight drowned out by the others. Definitely not saying it wasn't a good chili, just not mind-blowing. Glad that it called for Ranch-style beans though; we love those!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 16, 2014
Yummy Grilled Asparagus
Yummy Grilled Asparagus Haiku: "Time was a bit off. Our asparagus were hard, after 5 minutes." Well, maybe our asparagus were on the thicker side, and maybe I should've checked them b4 pulling them from the grill at 5 min. and then serving them, only for us to find that they were still a little too on the al dente side. (I'd take a crunchier veggie over a squishy, over-done one, so I wasn't too disappointed.) But 3-5 min. would probably work fine for those super-slender asparagus stalks. Taste was good, and the recipe deserves thumbs-up for crazy-easy prep.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 16, 2014
Perfect Baked Potato
Perfect Baked Potato Haiku: "Hmm, what's 'medium'? Guess my potatoes were large, cuz they weren't done." Followed the recipe as written and was disappointed to find that after 90 min. at 300 deg., my potatoes were still pretty hard, so due to having the rest of dinner ready, I had to zap mine in the microwave for 5-6 min. to get them finished the rest of the way, which kinda-sorta killed the "baked" part w/ the crispy skin that I like so much. Don't get me wrong - a microwaved potato is still good once it has cheese and butter on it, but I guess this was one of those instances where I should've gone w/ my gut about how one person's medium is another's small and what-not, and gone w/ a higher temp. Still a tasty potato nonetheless!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 16, 2014
 
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