CHARGORD Profile - (1342930)

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Home Town: Manhattan Beach, California, USA
Living In: Hawthorne, California, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a semi-retired kid at heart. I love to travel, cook, read, go to movies and concerts. I've been with my husband since 1975 and he's my best friend ever. I have an adventurous spirit and I'll try just about anything. I've had a varied career, many years in aerospace, lots of years doing customer service, now I'm a circuit coach at a local Curves facility and I really enjoy this because I get paid to socialize and chit chat. How cool is that!?
My favorite things to cook
I love to try out new recipes and I try new ones at least once a week. My favorite things are Mexican, Italian and Middle Eastern foods and I love to make tasty casseroles. I'm a cook, not a baker. My "baking" consists of making cookies and the occasional quick bread. Can't bake a pie to save my life!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm the go to person for potato salad in my family and I'm the one that everyone comes to for recipes. I can't really say there are any specific traditions as far as cooking in the family though.
My cooking triumphs
Some of my recipes have become classics in the family and that makes me happy; potato salad, creamy meat balls, spaghetti, various chicken dishes, ribs, all kinds of things. I've made meals for people I work with and they raved about them and I guess that's kind of a triumph for me. My latest thing has been using a stovetop good. I've made smoked steelhead and salmon in that and vowed never to buy smoked salmon again because I can make it so much better.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few, but the most memorable was my one and only attempt to make Shrimp Creole. When my husband and I were first together I was asking him what he liked and he said he liked Shrimp Creole. Great! I got an authentic recipe for it and at that time I wasn't at all familiar with just how hot cayenne pepper was. What a mistake! It turns out he liked the recipe his mother used to use, which was anything but a real Creole dish. I should have known this, he doesn't like hot spicy to this day. Well, that Shrimp Creole was like eating fire! It was horrible! It was so expensive that we had to eat it! We finally drowned it in Ranch Dressing and that was the only way it was edible. People I worked with laughed for years about that one!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Baked Ziti I
I've made this recipe many times and it's always a hit in our house. It's so easy and so good, comfort food at it's best.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 16, 2008
Mediterranean Chicken with Pepperoncini and Kalamatas
I was a bit disappointed in this recipe; it sounded so good but just didn't quite fit the bill. The pepperoncinis overpowered the chicken, and I've made recipes that used far more than this. If I do make it again I will cut way back on the pepperoncinis, maybe at least half, and I may add some chunks of carrots to it for some sweetness. I think this could be awesome with some tweaking.

15 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2008
Apricot Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar
We thought this was very good and will do it again in the future. Next time I make it I'm going to add some fresh chopped garlic to the mix shortly after the onions start cooking to give it another layer of flavor. I will also use boneless, skinless thigh fillets instead of breast meat because we just like them better. I made a half recipe for two people and it was really good.

15 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 6, 2008

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