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Ad-lib Cook

Ad-lib Cook
Home Town: Lagrange Park, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Healthy
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About this Cook
I love growing things to eat. But having a garden is like having a pet. When I've harvested something that I've tended patiently it feels like such a success.
My favorite things to cook
I love it when I make something up and it actually tastes good! But sometimes, I can't remember how to repeat creating a dish.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My heritage is mostly meat and potatoes. So it's taken me a while to get to know and enjoy cook seafood or using exotic spices veggies. Most of it has been trial and error. I try to not let my kids know that most of the things I serve them, I would have never eaten as a kid!
My cooking triumphs
All the birthday cakes I've made for the kids. I can't believe they come out as good as they husband usually swoops in the lends a hand when I'm at a breaking point.
My cooking tragedies
I attempted to display my newlywed cooking skills to an old high school girlfriend who was visiting from out of state. I made blackened steak but ended up smoking up the apartment and setting off the smoke alarm. There was so much spicy smoke in the air, that our eyes were watering.
Recipe Reviews 124 reviews
Cream of Fresh Asparagus Soup II
When I served this, I was worried it would be too bland. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't need to dip into the container of parmesan cheese I had put on the table. My most sceptical family member finished her bowl. Be warned, this recipe doesn't make a lot. Next time I might add a small clove of garlic, but nothing to overpower the asparagus.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 22, 2015
Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
Lovely classic recipe. I use a garlic/herb salt instead of regular salt and sprinkle with parsley to add color and interest to this recipe. I finish by broiling for that yummy browning cheese look.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 1, 2015
Jay's Jerk Chicken
Making the marinade was a bit tedious and I was excited with the interesting mix of spices and jalepeno. I hoped it was worth it. Alas, it wasn't a hit with my family and the leftover chicken sat for days is the fridge until I begged my husband to take it for a lunch.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 1, 2015
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