79SHALE97 Profile - Allrecipes.com (1279714)


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Living In: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Photography, Music
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J & J
My Love Bug - 10 months old
My Little Love
Me and My Buggie
My Squishy Face!
Baby Caleb
About this Cook
30something native of Phoenix!! You don't find too many people born and raised here, but AZ is my home and I love it!! Having grown up with my maternal grandparents, I learned my way around a kitchen fast. Pretty much, I've been cooking and baking since before I was tall enough to see over my grandmother's kitchen counter. Memories of standing on a chair or step stool assisting her in the kitchen with various recipes. Fondest would have to be associated with the holidays. They grandparents had a huge pecan tree so lots of pecan pies and other recipes that called for nuts were often baked. Not to mention all the southern cooking that was done. The recipes that my grams has passed down to me I've adjusted to make a little healthier without skimping on the flavor!
My favorite things to cook
The grill and cast iron skillets gets a good workout in our household - thick cut strip steaks seasoned with ONLY kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper and salmon with dill, parsley, and lemon. Also, can't forget the southern roots: oven-fried chicken, corn bread (johnny cake), ham-hocks and beans, pulled pork with bbq sauce, and sweet tea!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking thanksgiving dinner for the family - turkey or brisket with all the sides! Also, baking during the holidays. A family tradition with my Husband for the holidays: Christmas Eve - Hot spiced cider and noshing on Brie, Wensleydale, and crackers. Christmas Morning - French Toast, oven baked bacon, and eggs.
My cooking triumphs
Taking over the holiday cooking 10+ years ago!
My cooking tragedies
Everyone makes mistakes - but learning from them makes you a better cook!
Recipe Reviews 47 reviews
Keema Aloo (Ground Beef and Potatoes)
This recipe was super easy to make last minute! I modified it just a tad, because I didnt have all of the ingredients that the recipe called for (I was missing the fresh ginger or cilantro, so I used powdered and dried. And I didnt have garam masala. So i found a recipe on here and used that to make my own.) I served over basmati rice. DH and my 2 year old LOVED it! :)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 7, 2014
Lemon Garlic Tilapia
Made this last week for the first time and I'm making it again for dinner tonight! Followed the recipe almost to a T - Only addition was salt and pepper to the fish. I used 3 large cloves, 3-4 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoon lemon juice. Browned the garlic in the butter and added the lemon juice the final minute of making my sauce. Spooned over the fish (had about 5 fillets) and baked for 30 minutes @ 400 degrees. Hubby isnt a fishy guy, but he LOVED this recipe! :)

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 23, 2014
Baked Teriyaki Chicken
Made this last night for the family. Like most of the "most helpful" reviews suggested, I doubled the sauce (using a combo of brown and white sugar). Hubs said when I had his taste the sauce, "YEP, that's Teriyaki sauce!". I think next time I'll cut back on the sugar (in the double sauce version) using 1/4 c of white and 1/4 cup of brown. I think I'll also cook down the sauce even more next time. Once my chicken/sauce done baking (400deg for 30 minutes), I added the contents to a sautee pan, 1 bag of stir fry veg, and stir fried up some rice noodles. Delish!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 23, 2014
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