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Home Town: Sw Saint Louis City, Missouri, USA
Living In: Even In The City, The Wind Comes Rushing Down The , Oklahoma, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Needlepoint, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I didn't want to be one of those 20-something gals who's cooking repertoire consists of scrambled eggs, pasta with red sauce and brownies. That being said, I'm a staples kind of cook; I need a big "Easy" button.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up eating very tasty but very Midwest meatloaves, beef stroganoffs, pork roasts and tuna noodle casseroles on Fridays (sometimes we had fish sticks). Bread was merely a butter device. I only knew about squash and sweet potatoes because of the pilgrims and Indians. That being said, my parents loved taking us out for Thai or Chinese with their international students who ordered off the menu. Somewhere along the line, my sisters and I developed more mature, fuller palettes. My one sister has become quite an accomplished chef and baker and family gatherings now have things like braised short ribs, mashed celery root, stuffed baby portabellas and individual fruit tarts.
My cooking tragedies
I had never made mashed potatoes when I Facebooked my Grandma to get her recipe. "Chop up potatoes into big chunks. Add milk, a little salt, and butter and mix really well," she writes. Okay I follow directions, stick it all in the blender because I'm running behind. Oh wait, Grandma forgot to tell me to BOIL the potatoes prior to chopping. Oh yes, potatoes, milk, salt, and butter assaulted my kitchen walls. Thank goodness for high-gloss paint. I called my Grandma who promptly wrote on my wall that I was a big goof (she may have actually used a more descriptive word). Nice. Update: She Facebooked my aunts and cousin to tell them of my folly. Excellent.
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Meatball Nirvana
I used Italian breadcrumbs and added some minced garlic (the jarred kind and drizzled some of the juice in as well). I would recommend dicing the onions into itty-bitty pieces otherwise your meatballs look like they have tumors. I cooked on 400 for 11 minutes and then down to 385 and threw in a loaf of ciabatta. I then cut off a chunk of ciabatta, sliced it in half, sprinkled on Provel (yes, Provel, not provolone)and more minced garlic and heated up tomato sauce from The Hill. Then I sliced two meatballs in half, placed on burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth Provel cheesy bread and smothered in tomato sauce. Mmmmm. Almost as good as Fassi's.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 23, 2013
Chicken Marsala
Definitely a hit! Will use again! Make sure to use dry marsala wine.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 29, 2011
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies
My first two trays came out huge width-wise! So for the third tray, I did what Carist suggested. I put the dough in the freezer for a couple minutes after adding about 1/4C of flour. I used a cool pan (not the ones that just came out of the oven) and the cookies came out beautiful! I had also added 1tsp of vanilla which may have added to the spreading. Next time I'll cool the dough for a few minutes before putting on the trays.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 9, 2011

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