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Home Town: Lathrup Village, Michigan, USA
Living In: Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Mommy of four. Lost my interest in cooking for a short time when the babies were young and largely picky eaters. Thankfully, their tastes grew as they did and now are fun to cook for. My husband has never been picky and taught the kids to appreciate my efforts even though they did not always appreciate the food.
My favorite things to cook
Everything savory, I am not into sweets (much to my childrens dismay).
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday, I start thinking about it well before the actual day. Love Christmas breakfast too (including the champagne:)). Now that the kids are older my new favorite tradition is Sunday lunch with my grown (moved out) daughter and Sunday dinner, all six of us! My family also extends to my good group of friends. We get together for a home cooked dinner about two times per week... way less expensive than going out to eat and the food is just as good (or better)!
My cooking triumphs
Making tamales for my friends "I just got my green card party". This food is a labor of love and I see why it is generally considered a 'party food' in Mexico. Also pulling off a really good, tradtional Thanksgiving while in a studio apartment kitchen in the midst of very BAD morning sickness!
My cooking tragedies
Gave up trying to make sugar cookies years ago, they always come out too crunchy.
Recipe Reviews 42 reviews
Chef John's French Fries
Followed exactly and the fries were great. I used my electric frying pan to make adjusting the temps easy. It wasn't messy, really no splatter. I strained the oil to reuse. Thanks for the recipe!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 23, 2014
Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes
Made these for a family dinner to go along with steak. Everyone thought they were great! and they were very easy to put together, just leave a lot of time to bake your very large potatoes (400 degrees for mine took a little over an hour). I did use a plastic bag to pipe the potato back into the shell and I did taste the filling adding just a little more salt before the second bake. Would definitely make again!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 7, 2014
Seasoned Swai Fish Fillet
I thought this sauce was very good and you could pour it over just about any fish and it would taste good. A note about Swai for those who are wondering about this fish. This was on sale for $5.88 for a 2lb bag of frozen fillets so I thought I would give it a try. I came home and Googled it and frankly, I was kind of scared as there is some pretty non flattering info about this fish. People who don't like fish like this one because it doesn't taste like fish, in fact I had a hard time deciding if it tasted like anything at all? So yes, it is very mild and be prepared for a slightly mushy texture. I might buy it again because it is very inexpensive and my boys liked it. I honestly haven't decided but I would definitely use this simple lemon, butter(yes, butter, I never use margarine) sauce on any fish with the same good results. Hope this is helpful and oh, if you are a cilantro hater chop up some italian parsley in its place.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 14, 2014
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