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Deborah McCarthy

Deborah McCarthy
Home Town: Middleton, Idaho, USA
Living In: Nampa, Idaho, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing
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About this Cook
Growing up, mom had a tummy condition so she didn't cook with spices. My biggest challenge is figuring out what spices taste like and how to cook with them. Right now, I follow recipes exactly, but I am hoping to learn enough to figure out how to tweak things to our liking.
My favorite things to cook
Everything that has any kind of exotic flavor. My taste buds have been deprived for too many years! lol
My favorite family cooking traditions
I find a recipe online, wrap the laptop in saran wrap, take it into the kitchen, and the kids and I get cooking. We have a blast! If we really like it (or really hate it) then I print it out and add it to our cooking binder.
My cooking triumphs
I've had quite a few of them on Allrecipes!! The kids and I are making our own cook book binder. The front has recipes we like with any changes hand written on them, and the back has recipes we can't stand so that we don't make them again.
My cooking tragedies
If you are trying to grill tortillas by sliding them across the burner on the stove, don't let go of them!! If you drop one, they stick to the burner, burst into flames, smoke like mad, and set off every fire alarm in your house.
Recipe Reviews 49 reviews
Dave's Low Country Boil
AMAZING!!! Add onion, garlic, a chunked up lemon, and 2 bay leaf to the water. If you want to add fresh muscles, do that during the last 5 minutes with the shrimp. If the sausage is precooked, do that last as well.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2015
Basic Ham and Bean Soup
I used a bag of 15 bean soup mix, minus the season packet, and used the quick cook method instead of soaking. I cooked the ham bone in with the beans the entire time. Didn't have mustard powder, so used a few table spoons of spicy brown bottled mustard. The flavor was a little flat for my taste, so I added several large spoon fulls of pan drippings from the cooked ham and a few shakes of smoked paprika and POW!! KILLER flavor!! This is definitely the best pot of beans I have made in years with just a few minor tweeks to the recipe.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 29, 2014
Sarah's Rice Pilaf
Holy cow - cheap, easy, and yummy!! For about $2.50 I can make this recipe 6-7 times. Beats the box stuff hands down! I made this dish to go with pork steak and country gravy with "mushroom and bacon green beans" from this site. I wanted it to be a little blander to help balance out the plate and this had just enough flavor to pop but not cause conflict. I doubled the recipe to be sure I had left overs and plan on adding some seasoned chicken and sauteed red and yellow peppers for a savory lunch tomorrow. Thank you for sharing!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 20, 2014
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