Paula Profile - (11484473)


Home Town: Libertyville, Illinois, USA
Living In: Citrus County, Florida, USA
Member Since: May 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I am just learning to get creative in the kitchen. I always cooked dinner for the family, but the same old stuff out of boxes and cans. I am now watching the cooking channel and learning new things and trying them out at home. Some disasters (of course) that even the dog won't eat, but I'm getting better!
My favorite things to cook
I love soups and crock pot recipes that are ready when you get home and make the house smell wonderful.
My favorite family cooking traditions
None, but I remember watching my grandma make homemade bread, doughnuts, sausage, you name it. Very talented lady. I wish I had paid more attention!!
My cooking triumphs
Thanksgiving dinners when everything comes out right and I don't burn the rolls or forget something.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to mention... haha.
Recipe Reviews 33 reviews
San Francisco Pork Chops
Made a couple of changes (of course). Still think the original recipe would be the bomb. Ingredient change was using chicken broth instead of beef. I already had one open in need of use. Left out additional 2 teaspoons of oil. Due to reviews on overcooking the pork chops, I quick fried them and took out. Made the sauce and then added the chops back in just for maybe 5 minutes to absorb flavor and took out again. Added the cornstarch/water mix. It thickened up nicely. (If it's too thick, add a little more broth.) Tossed in the chops to coat at the end. I enjoyed them very much and will make again. I used Thin pork chops with bones. Very tender and would definitely make these again. I would extend the cooking time if the chops were thicker.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 25, 2015
Won Ton Snacks
Excellent! Usually when I try to make an Asian dish, they never work out. This came out perfect and delicious. I'm sure the original is delicious, but I did make a couple of changes. Left out water chestnuts, only used 1 pound of mild pork sausage and added some chopped cole slaw mix per other reviewers' suggestions. Served with duck sauce for dipping. Absolutely out of this world. I can't wait to make this for a party. It's just me and the hubby today and they are disappearing at an alarming rate every time one of us walks through the kitchen.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 1, 2015
Old Fashioned Stuffing
This is exactly like my mother in law's recipe except that she didn't include celery and garlic and did add giblets chopped up. I just wanted to chime in about dry stuffing reviews. When she taught me to make this, there was no measure on the broth. Her instructions were to add the broth in, cup by cup and when I could take two hands, grab some stuffing and form a softball size ball that held together, that was enough liquid. I have used the same "measurement" for 30+ years and everyone loves it. Always moist. Enjoy!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 21, 2014

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