Nena902 Profile - (13723562)

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Home Town: New Jersey, USA
Living In: New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian
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About this Cook
I have been cooking and baking for almost 30 years and love to experiment with recipes. If I can change a recipe and make it better, healthier, easier or tastier, I do. I am a stickler for details and spend alot of time making whatever I cook look appealing. Presentation is everything!
My favorite things to cook
My best things are apple pie, hearty soups and stews. I have just started bread baking and love it. I am pretty good with a potroast and have gotten eggplant and chicken parm down to a science.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The yearly traditional all fish Christmas Eve dinner at my house with the entire family.
My cooking triumphs
Perfect Chicken Parmigiana and home baked bread to die for!
My cooking tragedies
My first Thanksgiving Turkey when I left the gizzard package in the cavity (who knew?), my first dinner for the in-laws when I served a practically raw ham because the oven was broken (again, who knew?) and my total Christmas Eve disaster 4 years ago, when my timing was off and I burned everything except the stuffed clams.
Recipe Reviews 30 reviews
Low Carb Jambalaya
I have made this on the stovetop and in my slowcooker. Here are a few things I do to get the calorie count even lower. Replace olive oil in butter with Butter Flavor Pam and I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. Replace andouille sausage with Hardwood Smoked Chicken Kielbasa and also add turkey sausage. I also use a mix of both white and dark meat chicken to add variety. Also since I am not crazy for shell fish, I use about half of the shrimp just for the fish flavor it brings in. This is so easy to make, leftovers freeze well and it tastes wonderful!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 28, 2012
Rice Balls a la Tim
I emailed this recipe to my daughter to make for a small dinner party. My daughter is still in the process of learning how to cook, however she is a picky eater and fussy over certain foods. She told me that this was very simple and turned out wonderful, in fact she spent about 30 minutes on the telephone raving over this dish and the compliments she received from her dinner guests! Well done, Tim, whoever you are, and thank you, Queenbee28 for sharing this recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 21, 2011
Olive Oil Roasted Eggplant with Lemon
Easy breezy and so delicious! I just followed the recipe and it came out just fine. I did add whole peeled garlic cloves in the pan and served this with thin spagettini, artichoke hearts and jarred roasted peppers, tossed with a tad of light olive oil. A nice healthy meal, quick, easy and tasty! One thing to remember is to bake this in glass ovenware such as pyrex, never aluminum. Also when slicing the eggplant, use only stainless steel knife. Anything metal will ruin the flavor. Bon appetit!

24 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 31, 2010

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