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Becky Gallegos

Becky Gallegos
Home Town: Redmond, Washington, USA
Living In: Bellevue, Washington, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian
Hobbies: Walking, Fishing, Reading Books
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Me and my Family!
About this Cook
Let's see...a little about me. I am a 27 year old working mother, to a beautiful 2 year old girl name Natalie and wife and love every aspect of my life! I LOVE to cook, I just wish I had more time to do it. Luckily I work from home now so it is easier to sneak away from my desk to throw something in the crock pot or marinade something. My mom is a great cook and she passed it off to me and my 3 sisters. We all love to cook. I bake sometimes too, but I really love to cook. I am not a huge dessert eater. Don't get me wrong, I like desserts, but I would rather fill myself up on yummy food and am always too full to eat dessert. I do love the smell of my house when I bake though!
My favorite things to cook
Let's see...I love making chicken dishes, pasta salads, pasta (I could eat pasta all day, everyday), my mom's chilli and spaghetti, I love finding new recipes and making those. Whenever I see a new recipe, I will make it. I have thousands of recipes printed up, now I just have to find the time to make them all! :) Now, if my daughter and hubby weren't such picky eaters, I could/would experiment more, but sometimes it's just easier to make the tried and true ones. 90% of the recipes my family loves, I found on this site! Some of my favorites from this site are...artichoke bruschetta, caramelized baked chicken, basil shrimp, award winning soft chocolate chip cookies....
My favorite family cooking traditions
No real traditions yet. I am always asked to bring my famous ceasar salad to family gatherings (add lemon to the salad, a lot of it! Makes it great!!). I am really getting my daughter involved in the kitchen. She is only 2 so she can't help with anything yet, but just having her there with me. She loves hanging out with mom in the kitchen. I just got her this really cool stool called the learning tower so she can't fall down and she can be up next to the counter. It was the best investment I have made yet!
My cooking triumphs
Hmmm....well, my favorite salad is the Chop Chop Salad from the restuarant Cucina Cucina. The resturant closed (so sad) and I was so bummed I couldn't have that salad anymore. I googled it and was sooo excited to find the recipe (If you want it, google cucina cucina chopped salad recipe, you will LOVE it!). I made it, hesitant, because I thought there was no way it will taste exactly the same but to my great suprise, it is a carbon copy of it, so now I can have it anytime! I have shared the recipe with other Cacina Chopped Salad lovers and they make it all the time!! It takes some time to prepare but soooo worth it! Another triumph is if I make something my hubby loves! He is picky and if he doesn't LOVE something, he won't eat it. Pisses me off so much! Sometimes he will eat it to be nice and say he likes it, but the true test is if he eats the leftovers, then I know he loves it!
My cooking tragedies
The only one that comes to mind is this crock pot recipe I found in one of my Southern Living cookbooks. It was like a peanut chicken something. Looked really good, but when I was preparing it, I got very hesitant but that happens a lot and it turns out great, well this one...stunk the whole time it was cooking, but I was still thinking (or hoping, I should say) it will taste OK. Boy was I wrong, YUCK! I looked like poo and tasted horrid too! I threw it out and ordered pizza. Total waste.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Broiled Scallops
To me, these were just OK. The scallops I got were still frozen, even though they were from the deli counter, so I am sure that didn't help. When I rinsed them, I rinsed them in hot water to dethaw them a little. I ended up having to cook them for about 15 mins, not the recomended 7 mins because they were cold on the bottom so I flipped them and baked them longer. Again, that is probably from them being frozen. My husband didn't like them because they were "too fishy" tasting. I definetly prefer them grilled on the BBQ. Just brush them with some oil and season with some Johnny's salt. They are not fishy tasting that way and have the smoked flavor, and they are not so heavy with the butter cooked in. I don't think I will make this again. I am sure I would like it more if the scallops were not frozen, but I spent $22 on the scallops and don't want to risk spending that much and not liking them as much as grilling them.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 3, 2008
Banana Crumb Muffins
Soooooo good! These are my favorite muffins ever! The crumb topping makes them! I make these all the time!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 3, 2008
Baked Ziti I
This is sooo good! Out of all the things I make, this is my husband's favorite!! I added garlic, italian seasoning and fresh basil to the sauce. The first time I made it and followed the directions was just missing something. I also made it once with all mozzarella since the store I went to was out of provolone and I couldn't even tell the difference. This is sooo good!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 3, 2008

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