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New England Kat

New England Kat
Home Town: Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Living In: New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I'm a happy sahm with a beautiful little girl. My husband takes meds for high blood pressure and cholesterol so we eat beef once a month. We've lost 50 lbs each in the last few years and work hard to keep it off.
My favorite things to cook
Chicken, chicken and more chicken. I miss beef but it's a small sacrifice for my husband's good health. I do enjoy making desserts but can only indulge a little at holidays. I'm always on the hunt for a new recipe, especially slow cooker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
It's not really a tradition, it's a recipe. My mom found a Bisquick banana bread recipe in a magazine sometime in the mid/late 70s. I still have the original page! I make it all the time, I have shared this recipe with everyone and it's always a huge hit. I get requests to bring my banana bread to parties and gatherings. My friends call it 'Ma W.'s banana bread'... a nice remembrance to my dear mother.
My cooking triumphs
I cooked my first Thanksgiving dinner at age 24. I did great, only the mashed potatoes were a disappointment.
My cooking tragedies
I still cringe at the memory of the pototo salad I brought to work for a pot luck and went waaayyy overboard with the onion. Eeeeekkk!
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Oven Pot Roast
Outstanding and super easy! Based on personal taste and using items I had on hand, thus there were some substitutions. I added dried parsley to the flour mixture. The first big change was the onion soup mix. Inspired by a previous reviewer who used aus jus mix, I used pork gravy mix. My husband doesn't care for recipes with onion soup mix, I think the pork gravy mix is the best dry soup mix McCormick makes and it's what I had in the house. Not wanting to lose flavor, I cut up a med to large onion and added it to the pot. I subbed beef broth for the vermouth and added more than the recipe called for because of personal taste, probably a good 1 cup. I poured the wet mix on top of the beef, then added my peeled and cut potatoes and carrots. The house smelled terrific the whole time cooking. The taste is great, love the one pot dinner, it's easy and a crowd pleaser. I'm looking forward to leftovers this weekend!!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 24, 2013
Baked Apricot Chicken
I followed another's advice and used catalina (French) dressing. I had to scale back the ingredients because I had 2 big breasts instead of 12 thighs. In doing so, I went heavier on the apricot to finish a jar of preserves. It was quite tasty. I presented it to my slightly picky husband as a sweet and sour sauce and he enjoyed it. I want to try it with thighs eventually. While this recipe will not go into heavy rotation in my menus, it will be the one of the recipes I pull out when I'm sick of the same ole' same old.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 16, 2012
Easy Quiche
I was anxious to try this recipe because I liked the biscuit baking mix instead of a crust - my favorite pumpkin pie recipe is with biscuit mix instead of crust. I'm one to tamper with a recipe but with this one, I only added a couple of dashes of pepper and about 3/4 c shredded swiss. OUTSTANDING!! I made it for a luncheon with my friend and we both 2 pieces! This isn't a recipe if you're on a diet but if you're looking for a dish to bring to a brunch or luncheon, it's perfect. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 3, 2012

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