LisaMB Profile - (1248230)

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Living In: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Gardening, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Stay home mom of 3 daughters. Married for 20 years. LOVE to try new recipes out on my family and friends. I get no greater pleasure then being asked to cook something I have made before that my whole family loved!
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook all things! Appetizers, pasta, salads, chicken, desserts - you name it, I'll cook it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I like to change things up from year to year, try new thigs and new traditions. But a few things I can never get away from are - 1) heart shaped foods on Valentine's Day - pizza, hamburgers, whatever I can shape into a heart! 2) My sugar cookies with confectioners sugar frosting for Christmas, we don't even bother to roll them out - just shape into a ball and flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. It's the only cookie I really ever need to bake 3) The slow cooker stuffing recipe from this site for Thanksgiving, it is the best and my kids look forward to that every year. 4) Last but not least, my family knows that come October, I LOVE to bake pumpkin cakes, cookies, muffins, bread - you name it! Oh, and let's not forget the roasted pumpkin seeds on Halloween! We buy extra pumpkins just to get more seeds!
My cooking triumphs
My husband used to get a curry chicken and peanuts dish from a local ethnic restaurant. When they closed years ago, I made it my mission to duplicate the recipe. After much trial and error, I think I finally got it! My curry chicken and peanuts served over basmati rice is the house special, my husband eats it at least once a week (It's also probably one of the easiest dishes I make!)
My cooking tragedies
A few years ago I was attempting to cut beef out of my diet, not really my families - just mine. One day I made sloppy joes with some sort of ground beef look-a-like soy product. It wasn't until after my husband had eaten two, that my daughter commented on the texture. I sorta smiled, and my husband freaked out thinking I used someting he would be grossed out by. Even though they all ate some, and most couldn't really tell the difference, they made me promise to bring the beef back!
Recipe Reviews 150 reviews
Banana Cake VI
I cook and bake many recipes from this website, most are very good but not very often do I take the time to review. However, this cake is amazing! The baking temp threw me off a little as well - but I followed it to a "T" even placing in the freezer after. The only thing I did different was to add caramel, both to the top of the cake before frosting and also a drizzling on top of the frosting for color. Easily one of the best cakes I have ever made. Will definitely buy banana's just so they can go bad! Also - did not have buttermilk so just used the old lemon juice in regular milk trick. Thanks Cindy!!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 24, 2014
Flank Steak with Avocado Salsa
This dish was amazing - I will be making again and again! First the salsa - I made in advance leaving out the avocados until right before serving. Left it on the counter for the flavors to meld - BOY did they ever! YUM! I could have eaten that plain with spoon. The rub for the steak was also amazing. I did leave the cinnamon out, really don't think it needed that and it wasn't missed. The rest of the ingredients were loosely measured. Rubbed it on the meat, wrapped in plastic wrap and stuck in the fridge for about 4-5 hours. Absolutely the best flavor ever! Served this all with lime cilantro rice and a chilled corn, tomato salad both from this site. Not only delicious but very easy!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 9, 2011
Cajun Chicken Pasta
Very tasty, followed the recipe more or less exactly. DO NOT over cook your chicken, next time I may cook through then remove from the pan adding back in at the end. Also, don't even think about saving for leftovers, as with most cream sauce....

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 8, 2010
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