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Heidi McDonald

Heidi McDonald
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Living In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Mediterranean, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Quilting, Sewing, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Mommy and Bean
About this Cook
Award-winning writer, elected official, blogger, quilter, all around zany individual with a weakness for Johnny Depp and red wine. Visit my website at www.heidiwrites.com!
My favorite things to cook
I kick total butt at appetizers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Surf and turf on New Year's Eve. Oscar Night smorgasboard. Those began with MY generation. :)
My cooking triumphs
Yearly cooking for my husband's 15 college buddies, who fly in from everywhere on the first week of April for their fantasy baseball draft. I'm the only local "Baseball Wife," so I generally do a spread for the boys. Recent triumph...cooked appetizers for 50 people at a charity dinner in February, 2006, and everyone raved about the food!
My cooking tragedies
Realizing that cooked kiwi-fruit tastes more like tomato than peaches. Oops!
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Party-Size Greek Couscous Salad
This one absolutely ROCKS, I take it everywhere, have passed the recipe out at least 5 times by request. It's also great if you have a vegetarian living with you...make one batch of this and it's lunch for a week. My mom commented that it's just like one of the salads sold at Whole Foods, only this doesn't cost $8/lb. I use Roma tomatoes rather than cherry tomatoes because they maintain their shape a bit better...and a word on couscous...make sure you check the outside of the box about how much one box makes. If you use Far East brand, you have to use 2 boxes instead of one. Two chopped red bell peppers seem to go over better than mixed ones. I also put in a larger container of feta. If your grocery store doesn't have greek salad dressing in a bottle, mix together 1/3c each of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and that works, too. When not making this for a party, I serve this as the side dish sometimes with "Cousin Cosmo's Greek Chicken," also on this site. We call it Greek Night, and my 3 kids LOVE Greek Night!

80 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 7, 2007
Hummus III
I made this as a pita-chip dip for 15 of my husband's college buddies at their annual fantasy baseball draft. I wanted them to have at least something that was healthier than pork rinds, but something a group of jocks would be OK eating. That was 5 years ago. At least three of the 15 guys remind me every year to "make that bad- hummus again." :)

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2006
Tasty Toothpick Appetizers
This is a GREAT recipe if you have school-age kids who love to help in the kitchen. Set up an assembly line, and watch them go to it! I have an 8 and a 10 year old who helped me make these for a dinner party. People thought the appetizers looked unusual, but once tried, they LOVED the taste and the appetizers vanished. This dish is also perfect in cases where you need something you can't keep hot, AND can't keep cold...they have a decent table life without having their temperature constantly maintained.

21 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2006
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