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koda1955


koda1955
 
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I have always enjoyed cooking, though it is hard to make 'from scratch' foods when you work outside the home and have three children running about (let's not even talk about the housework!). I learned to improvise recipes by combining using already cut/sliced/peeled or whatever ready-made ingredients with my from scratch recipes. I use the classic recipes and modify them only to help save time; all without sacrificing taste. I plan to start sharing some of my tried & true recipes.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken
Easy to make and tastes WONDERFUL. I made a few changes, only out of necessity. With changes or not, your family will love this dish. I used fresh pineapple instead of canned crushed. I added some water with a bit extra sugar since I didn't have the syrup from the canned pineapple. Also, I cut the pineapple into chunks. I prefer chunky pineapple in my sauce. Of course, I couldn't whisk the mixture, but stirring worked fine too. I had planned to take a photo to post, but my family devoured it before I could. Also, I didn't dice the green pepper. I cut it (and the celery) into julienne strips. The times are pretty much right on target. You can make this dinner in under 30 minutes and your family will think you worked really hard!!

40 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 4, 2012
Slow-Cooked, Texas-Style Beef Brisket
I have made this several times. Even if you have NO cooking experience, you will be able to make it perfectly. I usually use a 4-6 lb brisket. It is super easy to make and I never have leftovers. I don't make the sauce ahead of time. I make it right in the slow cooker after I take the meat/broth out. It requires little attention and makes your house smell graat. I am making it for our Memorial Day cookout. The flavor is awesome. The 24 hour cooking time can be adjusted by a few hours if you run out of time and start cooking it late! Don't be afraid to try this. For those who gave it a poor rating, they couldn't have cooked it properly. I use a "mug" of coffee rather than just a cup, but it still makes a lot of broth during the cooking.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 29, 2011
Sausage Balls II
Like another reviewer, I cooked the sausage first. Definitely made things easier! Also, do add some milk. When mixing, add enough to make the mixture moist and sticky (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup?). Use your judgment. Otherwise they come out dry. But even dry, my sons gobbled them up.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 28, 2010
 
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