JEN78RN Profile - (1232235)

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Living In: Frederick, Maryland, USA
Member Since: May 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy
Hobbies: Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Mommy and Allie
Brian and Jen
About this Cook
I'm Jen- happily married to a wonderful guy. We have 2 beautiful children. Besides being a wife and mom, I am also a full-time critical care nurse manager. I'm always trying to find creative ways to juggle life as a busy career mom! We have a 13 year old Yorkie named Sassy who is always happy to eat some of my failed cooking experiments.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy taking recipes and tweaking them to make them more healthful and specific to my tastes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family and my husband's family get together for Thanksgiving, and everyone makes their signature dish, which ends up being A LOT of delicious food!!
My cooking triumphs
Successfully lightening up my husband's favorite dish of Cajun Chicken Pasta. Also, this delicious pork tenderloin w/ an olive caper sauce. Most recently,I have finally perfected seared scallops and seared tuna. I love seafood!
My cooking tragedies
I once made a seafood lasagne that ended up giving my husband and I food poisoning from bad shrimp. In my defense, I was VERY young and inexperienced in the kitchen. I'd like to think I've come a long way.
Recipe Reviews 69 reviews
Turkey Wild Rice Soup
Great recipe as is! However, if you get upset with reviewers who make changes, then read no further :) I've made this several times, and have adjusted to accommodate what I had on hand. I use frozen, cubed bacon "lardons" with some chopped up carrot and celery as the first step, rather than adding bacon at the end. Once the bacon has rendered and the carrots are starting to caramelize, then I add the broth. I didn't have green onions on hand or wild rice, so I used long grain rice. I used seasoned salt instead of regular, omitted the poultry seasoning and used milk instead of half-and-half. The sherry adds great flavor, so don't skip that!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 10, 2013
Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs
Made marinade exactly as written, though I used whole skinless boneless chicken breasts instead of chunks. The chicken was flavorful and juicy. Thank you for a great recipe!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 29, 2012
Easy Turkey Gravy
IF made with real turkey drippings, then what a FANTASTIC and easy gravy recipe! Please note: one cannot expect the same result with all broth/stock, especially if canned/boxed and no turkey fat. Just b/c it utilizes a little canned soup (easssssy, gravy snobs, easy) doesn't mean it's not phenomenally savory, creamy, and the perfect consistency. Only changes I made were to omit garlic, only use a sprinkle of poultry seasoning, and cut salt back by half. I'd never have guessed about the soup being one of the ingredients. I will never make another turkey gravy recipe again. Ridiculously easy to make! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2011
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