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Home Town: Akron, Ohio, USA
Living In: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
Rock and Roll afficionado, Former radio morning show host, now a manager for an international grocery chain. 29, Married. I just like to make sure we eat healthfully, at a good price. Fortunately, where I work makes that VERY possible!
My favorite things to cook
Just about anything as long as it doesn't involve dirtying every cooking utensil and piece of cookwear in the house. Creativity and inspiration in as few steps as possible! And spicy is always good :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
PAH! Cooking traditions?
My cooking triumphs
I am very proud of my meatloaf recipe, baked mac and cheese, and pumpkin cookie recipe. I've had a 7-year-old tell me my pumpkin cookies are the best cookies he's ever had! I'm also the queen on tossing some random veggies, rice, and who knows what together with just-as-random seasonings and having it come out great.
My cooking tragedies
Mostly cosmetic defects. Never had anything taste horrible. My philosophy on cooking is this: As long as it's cooked so as not to be health-hazardous, everything else is just flavor and prettiness. As long as I'm cooking for just me and my fiance, I don't mind if it's ugly or less-than-stellar.
Recipe Reviews 42 reviews
Chicken Pesto a la Lisa
When my husband exclaimed, "MMMM!" when he hadn't even chewed 3 times on his first bite, I knew we had a winner. 5 stars for yumminess, ease, and flexibilty. I made this recipe as-written except for the one big thing- I had a grocery store rotisserie chicken on-hand instead of boneless, skinless breasts. I sautee'd a bit of the chicken skin before adding two chopped zuchinnis. I still wanted to get that "pan-dripping" flavor from the chicken since I wouldn't be cooking any new chicken. My broth was homemade and probably a bit more rich than store-bought, too. Other than those (admittedly significant) changes, I followed the directions to a T and I KNOW I will be making this again! Used prepared pesto from Aldi (a special in the cooler section, not their regular jar pesto in the pasta section).

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Reviewed On: Oct. 20, 2014
Hunnybunch's Special Apple Muffins
I try not to be one of those people who changes a recipe, then rates it, but when it comes to baking, I can't help but try to "healthify" it as much as I can, using simple substitutions. I feel this recipe as-written, is fantastic, reliable, and versatile, therefore I give it 4 stars. My healthified substitutions: 1 cup white flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup brown sugar, only 1/4 cup of white sugar 1/4 cup coconut oil, and 1/2 cup organic unsweet applesauce instead of veg oil. Pecans instead of walnuts because that's what I had. THEN I WENT AND UN-HEALTHIFIED IT! YAY! I made a streusel topping out of crushed biscoff cookies from the post: "Biscoff Banana Bread with Biscoff Cookie Streusel" And I drizzled it with some melted caramels... These things are so moist! I probably could have let them bake another couple minutes (I did about 23) but still tasty!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 1, 2014
Chocolate Wave Zucchini Bread
I'm gonna give this five stars even though I changed the recipe and it came out less than ideal. That was my own fault. This bread is REALLY YUMMY! Mine ended up very dense and sticky and did not rise much, but that was my fault. I used half whole wheat, half white flour, reduced the sugar a bit, used cinnamon applesauce instead of shortening, and flax eggs (I'm not vegan, I just didn't have any eggs, lol!) I also didn't have any chocolate chips, and I didn't feel like putting nuts in it because I wanted to take some to work and didn't know if people had allergies or maybe just didn't like nuts. I shredded one HUGE zucchini and had enough to double the recipe!! I should have let my flax eggs set up a little longer, and maybe used more baking powder. I also forgot to add the water! But it still was delicious. I also did not pour the batter in layers, I hap-hazardly alternated "bloppy" spoonfuls of each type in the pans til they were full. Anyway, I really don't think you can fail with this recipe. Your results might not be as perfect as the pictures, but how could this NOT be yummy, ya know? Try it!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 1, 2014

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