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cara jean the cooking queen

cara jean the cooking queen
Home Town: Alrington Heights, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I am 25 years old. I graduated from Indiana University in December 2008 with a sports marketing/management degree. I started cooking/baking right out of college and have been glued to the kitchen ever since! I have A LOT of energy and do not like to sit down. Cooking/baking is the perfect way to keep myself busy. It is also very relaxing to me. I love to come home after a long day at work and unwind in the kitchen. This is only the beginning of my journey...I still have so much to learn and am excited to continue experimenting with new recipes! Outside of the kitchen...I enjoy running, yoga, camping, hiking, boating, scrapbooking, playing the piano, cookie decorating, and the list goes on! I love wine tasting, and even better...I love to cook with a glass of wine in hand! ;-) I am thankful for my family and friends for being my guinea pigs and trying all of the dishes that I have made!
My favorite things to cook
My favorite cuisines are Asian, Mexican, and Italian. I make a lot of chicken and rice dishes. I also like to experiment with different pastas and pasta sauces. I have a huge sweet tooth so I LOVE to bake. There is always and will always be a dessert in my house to indulge in!
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Roasted Vegetable Orzo
This is a fabulous recipe! I make this almost every week. It is a delicious way to serve vegetables. I drizzle balsamic vinegar over the veggies instead of using the olive oil/sugar mixture. Once the veggies are roasted, I mix them in with the cooked orzo pasta and add some fresh chopped basil for extra flavor! This goes well with a simple lemon chicken or even a cajun chicken (something with a little spice to compliment the mildness of this dish). This dish looks very "gourmet like" so this is a great recipe if you are making a dinner to impress!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 24, 2011
Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken
This is one of my favorite dishes! I ALWAYS cut the chicken breasts into small, bite size pieces and toss them into the spice mixture. This just gives each little bite A LOT of flavor. I am not a fan of lime juice, so I use lemon juice instead. If you add some chicken broth and cornstarch to the pan after the chicken is cooked, you will get a nice creamy sauce. This is FANTASTIC served over brown or wild rice. I make this often, and always receive a lot of compliments. Thank you for this recipe!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2011
Cream of Chicken with Wild Rice Soup
This soup is WONDERFUL! I always get so many compliments on this recipe. To make it a million times easier (and tastier in my opinion), I sub shredded rotisierre chicken in. I also use 7 cups of store bought chicken broth instead of the 7 cups of water. I omit the white wine at the end. This is a sure crowd pleaser!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 25, 2011
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