Venessia Profile - (13029016)

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Home Town: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Living In: Vail, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books
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Just me.
Venessia's Girls
About this Cook
I'm an ovo-lacto vegetarian who loves fresh foods. I do cook with meat products for my family.
My favorite things to cook
Locally grown organic veggies make up some of the best meals I've made!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every new experience in the kitchen with my girls brings me joy.
My cooking triumphs
My proudest moment happened while living in Japan. After learning how to cook the traditional fare of the local cuisine (for six years) I was finally brave enough to prepare an authentically Japanese meal for some of our friends. They praised it and ate until all the food was gone! (*^-^*) I still glow when I think back on it.
My cooking tragedies
I was making simple spinach calazones with a nice marinara sauce. The baking stone cracked in the oven, ruining the calazones and the dinner. I served some nice wine and ordered in from a nearby Italian restaurant. Still haunted by the whole mess.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Creamy Veggie Potato Stew
This soup was easy and a great hit with my family. First time I've ever made a cream-of-anything soup, and it turned out so well, I'm going to try other cream based soups. I didn't have any cream on hand, so instead of using cream and water, I used 2% milk for the liquid. Like the other posters, I added quite a lot more of the salt and pepper (about triple) than this recipe called for, but it was just right. I garnished with a small amount of shredded sharp cheddar when serving.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 31, 2010
Spaghetti Squash I
Using up the veggies we picked up from the CSA this week, I was cooking up a storm yesterday. As a result, we didn't get to eat very much of any one thing. Pulling the leftover Spaghetti Squash from this recipe out of the fridge today I wasn't too sure how it might reheat. Wow was I ever in for a treat!! This recipe reheats so well that I have to say that it actually tastes better the next day. The flavors seemed to have blended a bit more and mellowed a bit. The feta added a nice creamy texture this way, too. Even the squash itself was nicer, having absorbed some of the moisture from the rest. For those who are looking for a recipe to cook ahead of time and pop in the fridge for a meal later in the week (next day's lunch), this is the one for you! Microwaving is perfect for this leftover meal.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2008
Savory Roasted Root Vegetables
OMG! How did you come up with this recipe?! It is absolutely scrumptious!! With these ingredients being harvested right now locally (I live in Tucson, AZ), I was able to use all organically grown fresh vegetables and it was simply divine. Thank you so much for sharing this!

24 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2008

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