Heather Profile - Allrecipes.com (13120725)

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Home Town: Naples, New York, USA
Living In: Iowa City, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Southern, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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My dog, Bell, when she's hungry
About this Cook
I am a displaced East Coaster, living in the midwest while I go to school. I am lucky enough to have a fiance that thinks everything is delicious, so I probably think I'm a much better cook than I actually am. My family ate dinner together every night when I was growing up; I can count the number of times we went out to eat because it happened so seldom. We ate a lot of healthy food that I didn't like. I am a very picky eater, I dislike most vegetables, I hate all seafood, and now that I am on my own I tend towards comfort food.
My favorite things to cook
matar paneer, mac and cheese with bacon and garlic, rice noodles with spicy peanut sauce, anything with olive oil, garlic and balsamic vinegar, pumpkin everything (but cheesecake is the best!), black bean soup w red quinoa, chicken cordon bleu, stuffed french toast, most anything on a grill, balsamic glazed carrots, blintzes, bread (kneading is soothing)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family tended towards a lot of easy and quick dishes like tacos, spaghetti, grilled chicken, etc., nothing too personal or fancy, but we have this amazing family recipe for eggnog that we make every christmas eve. I could drink a gallon of it.
My cooking triumphs
When I completed a dish without setting off a fire alarm. The first time I "invented" a recipe. When I realized I have all my favorite recipes memorized. When I realized I don't need to measure every single thing.
My cooking tragedies
Pretty much the first few years I tried to cook on my own. My last attempt at red velvet cake (you could have bricked a house with that thing). The time I used nutmeg in egg salad instead of paprika, it was truly revolting.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Quick Chicken Piccata
This is really simple to make and delicious. I use this same recipe as a marinade for chicken on the grill and its phenomenal - I butterfly chicken before pounding it, skip the dredging, mix together the rest of the ingredients, toss chicken in for about an hour, and then grill for a few minutes on each side. The smoky flavor really goes well with this recipe. Now I can make it in the cold season and in the warm season!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 9, 2012
Chicken Pot Pie Soup
This was delicious. I'm in college so I love quick and inexpensive. I put all the ingredients in my crock pot before class and it's so good. The second time I made it I tweaked it just a little: I used cream of chicken soup then added frozen cubed potatoes, I also used cream instead of skim because its cold here and comfort food is much needed. A little garlic, onion and a bay leaf gave it that extra something. Thanks so much for the recipe, it will become a staple in this house!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 22, 2009
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