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foodie mama

foodie mama
Home Town: Cranston, Rhode Island, USA
Living In: North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
My name is Jennifer and I am a stay at home mom to two wonderful kids, ages 2 and 1. One of my goals for 2009 is to enroll in culinary school. My professional skills are no longer very useful with the state of this economy, so I am really at a turning point in my life.
My favorite things to cook
Anyone who has ever tasted my cooking will tell you that eggplant parmesan is my specialty and admittedly, it's my favorite of my own dishes. I am also a master of tender, juicy steaks. I really enjoy cooking from natural, whole ingredients and I'm a big proponent of the idea that it doesn't take that much more effort to make it from scratch. The end result speaks for itself :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
ITALIAN. God love my mother, but everything I learned about cooking came from my Italian father. At an early age, he pulled a step stool over to the stove so I could help him make enough marinara to fill a tanker truck. Lasagna is his specialty and mine is not too shabby either. Chicken parmesan is the favorite dish of my husband, and I never disappoint him with mine. As I've gotten older, I've begun to cook (and eat) more with a mind for healthfulness, but that has just meant that I've found ways to make healthier choices while cooking the dishes that I and my family love. This Italian comfort food cooking mama will be the first to tell you that eating right doesn't have to mean sacrificing enjoyment of your food.
My cooking triumphs
The first recipe I ever really made up all on my own was once featured in a magazine about super foods. I make a spinach salad topped with chopped walnuts, diced apples, crumbled feta and hand whisked balsamic vinaigrette and it features 3 super foods. It is extremely easy to make and extremely flavorful, and everyone I've ever made it for raves about it. It is a great accompaniment to grilled chicken or fish, or with grilled chicken or fish on top of it. I was very proud to have thought up such a delicious and easy idea, and to have it in a magazine was a very proud moment for me.
My cooking tragedies
When I was pregnant with my first child, I had been on a stir frying kick and one stir fry was the worst failure ever to come out of my kitchen. It looked like that take out chinese food you get from a place in the mall. It was horrifying. Even the rice was crunchy! It was my worst moment in the kitchen for sure. My supportive husband tried to eat it like a champ, and then laid it on thick about how hard I tried while he ordered pizza :)
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Creamy Mushroom Risotto
DELICIOUS. This is a pretty time intensive recipe but easy to follow, and simple in terms of ingredients. Maybe it's not a traditional risotto but when you have 2 toddlers running wild around you, a simpler, easier recipe that results in a delicious end result is a weclome thing no matter what some naysayers might have to say. I will definitely be making this again. I made it easier by cutting corners like heating my water and stock in a microwaveable measuring cup. I mixed in some asiago cheese at the end and it gave it a great flavor. Anyone who wants a flavorful, satisfying side should definitely try this recipe. I bet you could make this a main course by mixing in a boat load of veggies in the beginning, or using some grilled chicken or shrimp.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 23, 2009
Ricotta Cheese Pancakes
I give this one three stars for a few reasons. My first attempt resulted in pancakes that I probably would not eat again. They were not really cooked through, and a little mushy. Following the recipe, I found the batter so thick that I couldn't even mix it well so I added about a quarter cup of skim milk. This made my batter a great consistency but may have been the reason for the overall mushiness. I am also not a huge one for exact measurements, which hindsight has shown me is probably necessary for this recipe. I will try this again because the idea is still so good to me and I think I can get it right. I normally wouldn't down a recipe that failed because of user error but I still gave this one 3 stars because I believe that it needs to be tweaked somehow, just not the way I tweaked it this time.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 11, 2009
Gravy Baked Pork Chops
This was extremely easy to make and it was a big hit with my husband and my kids. It did not take long at all to get this in the oven, and when I had about 5 minutes to go in there, I took it out and topped it with french fried onions. That was a delightful flavor and texture for this dish!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 3, 2009

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