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Lisa Muta


Lisa Muta
 
Home Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
Living In: Happy Valley, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I am the mother of two girls Audria (10), Suzanne aka Suzy (8) and one boy named Gabriel (6). I am raising them with my boyfriend of two years and I couldn't be happier. I work full time in accounting for a social service non profit agency and really enjoy my job.
My favorite things to cook
I am game to try any new recipe. I really like to try new things, as well as refining old favorites. Baking bread, and other desserts have been my passion at the moment, I can't seem to stop myself.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom cooked most meals, but she didn't have a passion for it. I started dabbling in my early teens and found I had a great love of slow food. I am about to start a new tradition in my family of food made with love. I want meal time to be a calm space where we get togther to catch up on each others day; now that my girls have activites out side the home that don't involve me.
My cooking triumphs
I just started working with yeast, which I was really scared of doing. There really is so much that can go wrong. After a few flops I finally got the hang of it. I am so glad that my bread machine broke. If it hadn't I would not have the joy of kneeding my own dough. It is so much fun!
My cooking tragedies
I was making a ham cheese and veggie chowder for a family I knew who just lost their wife/mother. I was trying to hurry it by not baking the ham first and boiling it in the milk mixture. I ended up with cottage cheese chowder and it was awful. I stayed up until 2am baking the rest of the ham that I had left and cutting it into thin slices and serving it with my home made ciabatta. It was a close call.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Strawberry Muffins
I used the suggestions to add the extra vanilla, cinnamon, and brown sugar. I also doubled the recipe and used my jumbo muffin tins. They were the perfect balance of sweet and tart. A big hit with the kids I'll be making more spin offs based on this recipe!

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Reviewed On: May 7, 2011
Black Bean and Couscous Salad
So good! I have always been a fan of couscous. Since I have three kids; 5,3,1 it makes for a great last minute side. It was even better with the extra veggies! I paired it with the mushroom and swiss chicken recipe that's on here. They worked together really well since they had a lot of flavors in common, but tasted different enough to not be boring. This all made for a great dinner.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 5, 2009
Banana Spice Cookies
oh my! These are a wonderful cross between a cookie and a cake. So moist! The butter frosting added just the right touch. I tinted mine blue, and the only change I made was instead of chopped nuts I used 1/2 c. white chocolate chips. I will makes these often!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 11, 2009
 
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