GABRIELLAM Profile - (1180005)


Home Town: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Living In: Mundelein, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Gabriella and Jack at the Hancock 95th
Hubby and Me in Hawaii
About this Cook
I was born in Germany but have lived most of my life (since I was 4) in the USA. My Mom is a marvelous cook and so was Grandma so I guess that's where I developed my interest in cooking. I don't really do gourmet but I like to try new things and usually never follow a recipe 100%. I guess I just have to let those creative juices flow ;-)
My favorite things to cook
I love making hearty soups in winter including split pea, butternut squash and mega vegetable and multi bean soups. I love my slow cooker and experiment with those kinds of recipes quite a bit. I also love casseroles like Chicken and Stuffing or breakfast casseroles. Once in a while we will have something in a restaurant that I will be able to recreate at home--I usually come pretty close (kinda like horseshoes).
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mom is such an excellent cook and I get to help out in the kitchen (she let's me wash the dishes...just kidding). We love to make wonderful multi-course meals during the holidays. We start off with an Endive Salad with green onion vinaigrette then maybe a dumpling soup. The main course is one or two meats like a beef roast and maybe pork or chicken and 3 or 4 vegetable side dishes. Mom makes the best gravy! She also makes wonderful desserts like wine creme or marzipan tortes--amazing. In the summer we love to grill steaks with baked potato and cucumber salad--YUM.
My cooking triumphs
Having a sit down dinner for 10 people that went without a hitch. I made a standing rib roast with roasted garlic mashed potato and Aunt Enza's overstewed green beans and mushrooms sauteed with bacon and onion. Also made smoked country ribs (this was overkill and we had lots of leftovers) and a green tossed salad with homemade dressing. Strawberry, blueberry and blackberry mixture over vanilla or chocolate ice cream for dessert. I got raves.
My cooking tragedies
Tried to make turkey stuffing for thanksgiving to help mom out and muddled the spices so badly that the whole mess tasted bitter. We had to start over from scratch.
Recipe Reviews 81 reviews
Hungarian Mushroom Soup
I bought some nice mini Portobello mushrooms at the farmers market today and made this delightful soup. I halved the recipe as I had 1/2 lb of mushrooms and it turned out great!. I did not have any parsley so added some celery leaves and inner stalks along with the milk and flour. Also I used smoked paprika which added a nice dimension to the soup flavor. I would definitely make this again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 11, 2015
Chipotle Mayo
Made this tonight for hubby's steak sandwich. I added about 1/2 tsp of garlic powder and this was a hit. Smokey, spicy wonderful.

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Reviewed On: May 13, 2014
Scalloped Potatoes II
I used about 2.5 lbs of medium sized Yukon Golds. Peeled and mandolin'ed into #2 setting slices. Added butter, flour, salt, pepper and gruyere to each layer. Used whole milk and topped with cheese which browned very quickly. Took this out for a bit while Ham continued to roast. Ham out, Potatoes back in for 30 minutes--superb. Also made a delicious creamed spinach and alton brown's city ham. Hubby raved and had LARGe seconds.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 20, 2014

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