Crystal S Profile - (13124128)

Crystal S

Crystal S
Home Town: Bakersfield, California, USA
Living In: Roseville, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Thanksgiving in Tahoe
At the beach house, Cambria, CA
Wine tasting at Tobin James Winery/ Paso Robles Wine Region
San Jose del Cabo Trip
Whitewater rafting the American River
Entertaining at a Mardi Gras party
About this Cook
Married, one son, and am a conference planner for groups ranging in size from 5 to 5,000 people for the Attorney General of California. I'm a curious mix of practical and dreamy..... My favorite activites range from looking for seashells along the tideline, travel/ explore new destinations, whitewater rafting, boating with our yacht club, gardening, reading, entertaining family and friends at home, wine tasting, Rat Pack music, croquet, picnics, 4x4 wheeling on No CA trails, camping, riding quads and girl's weekend away. But the most important thing to me is my husband who is my best friend. I love date night, get away weekends and private time with him more than anything else. After 10 years of marriage, I still love him madly, but most importantly I still like and respect him! We complement each other perfectly!
My favorite things to cook
To my family's dismay, I'll try cooking just about anything that looks interesting.....
My favorite family cooking traditions
Enjoy carrying on the traditions of my mom and grandmother's holiday meals.
My cooking triumphs
Absolutely love when a recipe turns out well....
My cooking tragedies
Don't ask - there have been a few that have been whoppers!!! :)
Recipe Reviews 223 reviews
Corn, Sweet Onion, and Tomato Salad
Light, colorful salad with a zippy dressing perfect for a summer barbeque! I used tomatoes from my own garden and lightly grilled corn on the cob leftover from dinner the evening before. I found the amount of onions to be somewhat overwhelming on the taste buds, but if you are an onion lover this is the recipe for you. Personally, I will reduce the amount next time I make this recipe as it was quite good. Thank you for the submission Twila, my family enjoyed it.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 7, 2014
Fried Broccoli
What a unique way to cook broccoli! Wonderful crispness, great flavor and so easy to prepare! Added fresh minced garlic the last 3 minutes of cooking so the garlic wouldn't burn and turn bitter. A new family favorite and definitely 5 star!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 2, 2014
Mock Filets
The flavor was good with a texture very similar to meatloaf. Overall, I found it to be too dry, and I suspect the 3/4 cup of breadcrumbs was the culprit. Perhaps reducing it to 1/2 cup may solve the dilemma... My husband and son approved of it, therefore, it will remain in the "once in a while" file. Overall, this is a solid 3 star recipe as written. Thank you for the submission POFELY.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 1, 2014
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