NIKALANA Profile - (1257508)


Home Town: Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Amish White Bread
About this Cook
I am a mom to two young boys,a graduate student, a freelance writer, and a wife. My biggest cooking challenge is making healthy meals that appeal to my sons.
My favorite things to cook
Chili, soup, slow cooker meals, desserts (especially baked goods), panini, hummus
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking cookies and treats during the winter holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Anything that my kids and husband like enough to ask for seconds. My chili recipe has been published.
My cooking tragedies
A sad slow cooker recipe involving smoked sausage and pineapple... nasty, nasty, nasty
Recipe Reviews 33 reviews
Shrimp Francesca
Meh... I made this last night with angel hair pasta and sugar snap peas. I have two young boys who love shrimp and I thought this would be a "no leftovers" kind of dinner, but they really weren't interested. I used 2 pounds of shrimp (thawed from frozen) because my kids love them so much. I made only a few alterations: no artichokes because my kids would just pick them out, I sprinkled the bread crumbs over the shrimp and stirred them to coat, and I used dried parsley for convenience. Next time, and I think I'll give it another try, I will use 1/2 the butter. Even with 2 lbs of shrimp, the 1/2 cup of butter was just too much. The lemon juice was a nice addition.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2012
Cheesecake Topped Brownies
These were awesome and went very quickly in my house! The cheesecake topping isn't terribly sweet, so it kind of balances the sweetness of the brownie. Very yummy!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 11, 2011
Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf
This was FANTASTIC! I have two boys who are kind of picky eaters and they LOVED this. My husband and I as well. The hot pepper sauce (I used Aardvark hot sauce) really adds zing and makes this stand out. I made the recipe exactly as written and the loaf turned out moist and flavorful. The brown sugar topping is a nice foil to the slight heat of the turkey, and the next time I make this I may just double the topping. Very yummy, very highly recommended! Thanks!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 11, 2011

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