Jewels Profile - (12021454)


Home Town: Northridge, California, USA
Living In: Valencia, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Charity Work
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About this Cook
My passion is cooking and creating food! If cooking were a sport, I'd be an Olympic Athlete! I have named Williams-Sonoma; "The Mother Ship!" I love to browse all kitchen stores! You can never have too many kitchen appliances and kitchen gadgets for serious cooks! My Dream Job would be as a Cook - with me in charge of what everyone is going to eat. The food I make doesn't need to be anything fancy! It needs to taste great and I try to cook moderately healthy and sneak veggies into whatever I can! I cook in "VATS" as I have a constant stream of "Man-Boys" at my house eating! I am lucky enough to have married my Prince (19 years) and have three sons who keep me on my toes! The end of 2011 has brought me the honor of being chosen as an Allrecipes Allstar! Bring on 2012 - I'm excited!
My favorite things to cook
I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I have a large family. I like to entertain. I like to change things up. My fellow peeps on allrecipes would call me a "Tweak-er!" I am not great with exactly following recipes. I always end up adding this or that and "tweaking" recipes. Through this site and the things I have learned on it, my Baking has improved dramatically! I never knew that the size of the eggs changes the outcome of your baked goods. Who knew?
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have Christmas Eve at our house every year. Sit down dinner for 20! I start saving recipes and planning my menu further away from Christmas than I would like to admit.
My cooking triumphs
I have led my "non-cooking" friends into their scary zone....the kitchen. My specialty is going to some one's home who claims they have no food, and make something grand out of the contents of their pantry and refrigerator! I like to get people to cook, who would not normally cook. Cooking is a lost art and so many of my friends are now preparing various dishes and recipes that I have introduced them to. That is my best triumph!
My cooking tragedies
Tired, after cooking all day or being distracted - I used to CHAR bread as the final step of my meal prep. I have now learned that I cannot leave the broiler for Garlic Cheese Bread. I am thrilled to say that my tragedies in the kitchen are very rare these days.
Recipe Reviews 58 reviews
Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
I followed the recipe exactly, except I doubled it and used 2 cups of chocolate chips instead of raisins. My 15 year old keeps grabbing cookies and shoving the whole thing in his mouth and running out of the I don't know what he is doing. Very Happy Boy! Thanks for this recipe! House smells amazing!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 19, 2014
Grilled Lemon Yogurt Chicken
I made this pretty much "as written" - which I never do. My tweaks were: A 7 oz. container of lower fat Greek Yogurt - 3 lbs. of boneless, skinless chicken thighs and I added a Tablespoon of Granulated Onion. I marinated it all day in a giant Tupperware that I would flip every other hour. I did not remove the marinade at grill time and just sprayed our BBQ with some Pam for Grilling. DELISH! I did not make the dipping sauce - didn't need it. Served this with a cucumber and heirloom tomato salad and green beans. Healthy and delicious. There is a reason I follow Chef John on AR. Will definitely make this again! Something different to do with chicken! Yea!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 4, 2014
Sticky Monkey Brains
Up'd everything because I am feeding teenage man/boys. I don't make mini Bundt pan sized anything. Tweaker Alert: I used four 7 oz. plain biscuit rolls and 1/2 cup of cinnamon sugar for dipping them. Up'd the butter and brown sugar (both) to 3/4 cup. Cooked it for 32 minutes at 350 in a full sized Bundt pan that is coated. 1st Teenager to arrive in the kitchen said the smell woke him up. When he saw it plated he said: "OMG YES!" Smells amazing - took a picture.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2014
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