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Apr. 29, 2012 1:46 pm 
Updated: Jun. 26, 2012 11:46 am
Al Fresco is a chicken sausage with a lot of different flavor profiles to choose from - I have tried the Sweet Italian style and the Sun Dried Tomato with Basil style.   If you know me, you know that I don't eat sausage. Or anything that tastes like or remotely resembles sausage.  Haven't for… MORE
Italian Chicken Sausage Stuffed Portabellas
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Grilled Mediterranean Greek Pizza
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Apr. 29, 2012 12:39 pm 
Updated: Apr. 29, 2012 1:23 pm
This month the Allrecipes Allstars (of which I am a member) were asked to make some recipes with butter.   Butter has been getting a lot of bad press lately, I think, especially when a certain TV chef from Georgia who is famous for using a lot of butter suddenly is in the news with… MORE
Shrimp & Sweet Chorn Maque Choux
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French Toast with Honey Vanilla Butter
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Smoky Spiced Buttered Popcorn
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Mar. 1, 2012 4:56 pm 
Updated: Mar. 4, 2012 1:51 pm
The other day I discovered that our loquat tree was in fruit.  If you've never seen a loquat fruit, it's a small, orange fruit about twice the size of your thumb, with a fuzzy skin and a large brown seed.  It's sweet, and the birds love them and had already eaten most of the tree.  This year… MORE
 
 
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Feb. 23, 2012 7:19 am 
One of the things I like to do is sneak in healthy substitutes for ingredients in recipes.  This week I tried making the Cheesy Leek and Mustard Soup recipe:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cheesy-leek-and-mustard-soup/detail.aspx One of the substitutions I made was to use silky tofu instead… MORE
 
 
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Feb. 11, 2012 6:48 pm 
Updated: Feb. 12, 2012 10:33 am
When I said "yes" to becoming an Allrecipes Allstar Ambassador for 2012, I knew that it would introduce me to some new challenges and different ideas.  This month's challenge was right in keeping with that.  I and my fellow Allstars were asked to craft a recipe using FiberOne Cereal from… MORE
 
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Feb. 5, 2012 8:52 am 
Updated: Feb. 5, 2012 2:33 pm
Today is the day of the Big Game - the Super Bowl.   That means parties and noshie food and beer, to me.  Most of my friends know that football really isn't my thing.  But this year I decided not to let that get in the way of a good party - it's just an excuse to get together with friends and… MORE
Low Fat Nacho Dip
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Feb. 1, 2012 7:32 pm 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2012 12:52 pm
Normally I love a challenge... normally I don't mind spending an hour or more creating a great meal or trying a new recipe.  But my life the past week has not been normal.  My husband had a minor knee surgery last Wednesday, and since then he's been doing really well.   It just means that the… MORE
 
 
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Jan. 23, 2012 8:00 pm 
Updated: Jan. 27, 2012 8:27 am
So hello to all my fellow Allrecipes Cookers!  This is my first time ever blogging - I guess I never thought about it until the Allrecipes Allstars team mentioned it, and I found the link to start.  Why not?  If someone else can get a smile or maybe a little inspiration, it's a good thing. MORE
 
 
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Beth Field

Member Since
Mar. 2011

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Knitting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music

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About Me
I am a married mother of 2, stepmom of 2, and grandmother of 8, who loves to camp, kayak and canoe, cook, knit, crochet, cross-stitch, read, play guitar and sing. I lived in New England for my first 25 yrs and then moved to Florida to beat the rush. :-) One reason I learned to cook was because I was always on a diet of some sort, and the diet food was awful. When I first got married one of my mother's friends gave me a cookbook as a wedding gift because she knew how bad I was in the kitchen and wanted to make sure my husband survived. Once I figured out how to read a recipe and follow the directions, I found that it was fun to try new things and easy to learn.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try new recipes, or new flavor combinations. Some of my favorite long time recipes are a veggie pot pie that tastes so hearty people think there's meat in it, and pumpkin pie made from fresh pumpkins. I love cauliflower and pumpkin soups because they are so easy and yet so rich and flavorful. I love to substitute veggies or low fat yogurt for higher fat items in a recipe and then tweak the flavor so it's even better than the original. I also really enjoy taking leftovers out of the fridge and chopping them up on a pizza crust to make the most interesting homemade pizzas with different combinations.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always try to make the pumpkin and apple pies for the family get togethers because I make them from scratch and they just taste so much better than the frozen ones. For my Dad who is diabetic, I substitute sweetener for most of the sugar so that he can enjoy it too. Roast chicken with roast potatoes and carrots was always a favorite Sunday dinner, and again, very easy to make. For the holidays, we get pitted dates, stuff them with peanut butter, and roll them in powdered sugar for a treat, and now we have the grandkids making them too.
My cooking triumphs
I "inherited" my grandmother's mustard recipe (no one else wanted to make it, too much work!) and then I added to it and tweaked the ingredients to make several different kinds of spicy mustard. I don't make it often, because it's labor intensive, but all my family and friends absolutely love it and bring the jars back for refills. I also am happy with the spaghetti sauce recipe I developed which is sweet and full of herbs and spices. My favorite thing to do when we go out to eat is to write down all the flavors I taste and then try to make the recipe at home. That's how I got started trying to make Indian and Asian food, and shopping at the Indian and Oriental markets, where I can buy the spices that make their cuisine unique. Once I learn what the spices taste like and what the best combinations are, then I can revitalize drab tasting dishes with new spice combinations. My husband loves to try my experiments and we critique them together.
My cooking tragedies
I have made some bread that turned out as bricks - as well as brick brownies. I used soy milk in pudding - yuck! I doubled the yeast in bread because it wouldn't rise - awful! (put it in the car instead with the windows closed, that works!) Growing up I used to burn everything because I had my nose in a book and paid no attention to what was cooking once I put it on the stove. I once boiled all the water out of the teapot and the bottom of the teapot became fused to the gas stove burner! My mother was furious! I used to burn potatoes because I would put them in the pot and then put it on high and leave it. The house would fill with smoke before I would notice they were burning. If there's hope for me to learn to be a good cook, then there's hope for everyone because I was the WORST!
 
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