Beth Profile - (13010383)

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Home Town: Augusta, Georgia, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a semi-newlywed (going on 2 years) and I love to cook!! I learned to cook by watching my parents- my mom always cooked on the week days, and my dad always made breakfast and his famous chili or spaghetti or soups on the weekends. I'm not big on recipes- I'll use one the first time, just go get the gist of a dish, but from then on I'll improvise, until the dish is my own. I'm really hoping to find some great recipes here- and I'm sure I will!!
My favorite things to cook
Spaghetti & meatballs- I make an awesome homemade sauce! Bowtie pasta with diced tomatoes and sausage, Parmesan pork chops, Mexican pulled chicken, broiled salmon with asparagus, German sausages with saurkraut and potatoes, Balsamic Italian chicken, Lasagna. I like to play around with enw recipes all the time. Every once in a while I get the urge to bake and I make homemade cupcakes or brownies, and occasionally cookies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Helping my dad make his chili or soups or spaghetti on weekends when I was a kid, Holiday dinners where the whole family helps, Making Mom's chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate when it's cold out!
My cooking triumphs
Mastering the perfect homemade spaghetti sauce!
My cooking tragedies
The first time I tried to make balsamic chicken- I left the chicken in the balsamic vinager for way too long... talk about nasty!! Oh, And I can't seem to replicate Dad's chili no matter how hard I try, which is a tragedy!
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Salisbury Steak
I followed the recipe, and it's delicious. Perfect for one of those nights when nothing but comfort food will do.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2014
Kyle's Favorite Beef Stew
Excellent beef stew! I wanted a simple recipe to throw in the slow cooker while I was at work, and come home to a delicious home-cooked, hearty meal, and this certainly fits the bill. The night before I browned the stew meat & onions, and cut the veggies up, and made the onion soup mix, and then put them in the fridge all together. The next morning, before work, I just tossed it in the crock pot with a couple ounces of red wine, turned it on low and then went to work. I cooked it on low for 9 hours instead of an hour on high first, only because I knew I wouldn't make it home an hour later to turn the heat down. The results were amazing- the meat stayed in cubed form-rather than falling apart (I prefer it to stay cubed,) but was melt-in-your-mouth tender, and fork shreddable. The starch from the potatoes and the gelatin from slow cooking the meat caused the stew to be thick, and rich, without having to add any cornstarch. Since I was leaving town the following evening, I brought the leftovers to work so they wouldn't spoil in the fridge, and my co-workers all raved about how good this stew was. The only things I added were 2 bay leaves and about a tablespoon of Italian seasoning. The rest I followed. This recipe is certainly a keeper. Thanks for sharing!

19 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 4, 2011
Seafood Gumbo
This is easily a 5 star recipe. I couldn't find file powder anywhere at my grocery store, so I made a four roux instead, and it worked fine, I also subbed chicken stock for fish stock, since I couldn't find that either. I also added sliced smoked sausage, and omitted the white pepper. I followed the rest of the recipe to a "T" and wouldn't change a thing. It was delicious, and didn't make it to the leftover phase. A real crowd pleaser.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 20, 2010

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