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
BBQing at the lake with friends
Girl's Weekend to see Wicked in SF
4 wheeling in Northern CA
On the boat during a club "cruise out".
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 221 reviews
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.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 1, 2014
Rosemary Potatoes with Roasted Heads of Garlic
Superb! Recipe is wonderful and is easily modified for many tastes. I usually use the fingerling red, white and purple potatoes for color, and 1/2 cup of white wine and 1/2 cup of chicken or vegetable stock for more complexity in the overall flavor. To amp of the level of sophistication add 4 ounces of gorgonzola cheese to the mix. It makes the most creamy sauce imaginable. NOTE: to keep your garlic from drying out, brush the top with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cover with a very thin slice of butter prior to baking! Your taste buds will thank you! Enjoy!!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 8, 2014
Over the Fire Scalloped Potatoes
This recipe is a staple for us while camping. Little fuss, little muss! We rotate back and forth between cream of mushroom and chicken soup depending on what's grilling... HELPFUL HINT: To cook a little faster precook your potatoes, but do not slice them until you are ready to cook - this saves on propane or briquettes. Or buy the Simply Potatoes which are already pre-sliced and ready to go. Great timesaving steps!!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 8, 2014
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