Luvinlif2k Profile - (1232453)


Home Town: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Bowie, Maryland, USA
Member Since: May 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Sep. 4, 2012 6:27 am 
Updated: Sep. 4, 2012 10:12 am
I have found a new challenge in the form of Super Grand.  This store went into what was DH's frequented grocery store during his bachelor days. The variety and diversity of foods available at Super Grand is awesome! For entertainment the other day, I acquiesced and took the family to this… MORE
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About this Cook
I am a PA Dutch-raised SAHM who now lives in the suburbs of D.C. I have two awesome kids who are now both in Elementary school and I am learning to balance home, school and community ... haven't passed that test yet. My favorite room in the house is the kitchen and I love to cook for friends. I am a displaced Recipezaarian and am making my new home and homepage.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking cakes in varying flavors. Unfortunately, being diabetic, I'm limited to baking cakes when I know there will be plenty of people to consume them! I have learned to love trying to copycat recipes from fine-dining experiences we have. I rely mostly on recipes but often step out of the box with substitutions to increase the "healthy" factor in the foods that I serve.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite cooking memories are making Christmas cookies at Grandma O's house(especially her Sand Tarts!) and having wonderful home-cooked dinners at Grandma E's House on Sundays with the best homemade bread, dried corn and real mashed potatoes. Two of my favorite Christmas offerings as I grew up were my mom's homemade chocolate-covered buttercreams and my Aunt Janice's "candy-cane bread".
My cooking triumphs
The most memorable dish I have made was a Peanut Butter Pie from The Common Grill Cookbook by Chef Greg Common in Ann Arbor, MI. It "WOWed" Mom's group and was a best-seller at the concession stand for the church plays. All of the dishes I made from Chef Common's cookbook have been hits but prep is sometimes a bit extensive so I save them for special occasions.
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Savannah's Best Marinated Portobello Mushrooms
I made this last year as a vegetarian option to sandwich meat at the Welcome back luncheon for our teachers. It got rave reviews by vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. I will be sharing this recipe widely and will definitely use it again. I took the advice of others and used a mid-level wine we had on hand. Scrumptious!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 18, 2014
Zucchini Cornbread Casserole
Main Dish hit! My kids aren't fans of zucchini but this was a hit! I accidentally mixed in all of the cheese so didn't put any on top. I shredded the zucchini lengthwise so had long shreds. I divided the mixture into two brie bakers instead of a 2-qt. baker and baked them for 40-45 minutes. It was a bit difficult mixing with the longer shreds but it turned out GREAT! without the cheese it was lightly browned on the top and we all enjoyed it as our main entree. Kids have asked for this to be on the regular list. NOTE: I did not add any salt or pepper to the mix and it was perfect for us.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 15, 2014
Rueben Loaf
This was a hit with every member of the family. I definitely took some liberties with the recipe. I used the refrigerated french bread loaf and unrolled it to "load it". On half of the loaf I used the ingredients stated with the exception of using Thousand Island Dressing instead of yellow mustard. On the other half, I used the rest of our roast beef (sandwich meat) and coupled it with Russian dressing and American and cheddar cheese. Both sides were totally devoured with many pleasant comments. Thanks for posting! Now I know what to do with our lunchmeat before it goes bad!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 27, 2012
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