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Home Town: Springfield, Illinois, USA
Living In: Illinois, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake so any recipe that looks like it will be delicous I will try. Pretty much anything with blueberries in it is a winner for me. I love to try new recipes and then see how I can make them my own. I typically will try the recipe as is the first time to see what if anything I would like to do differently. I'm cooking for young children and a husband that will pretty much eat anything so I love finding recipes that will allow my kids to try new foods and expose their palates to new flavors.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Coming from a very large family the only cooking tradition I really remember is my mom successfully having a meal made for us every night! Now that I have kids and they have their own busy schedules I really appreciate what my mom was able to do. I did love New Year's Eve though. My mom would always make it special for us when we were young. Lots of fun appetizers and lime sherbet mixed with 7-UP in a punch bowl as our special drink. Very good memories.
My cooking triumphs
Making a Thanksgiving turkey that was moist and delicous. I don't like to deal with raw meat much, especially meat that has to be cleaned like a turkey. I didn't know all that was involved and was pretty grosssed out by the whole ordeal. My husband ended up cleaning it thankfully. I brined it overnight and in the morning gave it a bit of seasoning and slathered it with olive oil and butter. Then decided that I would place a whole stick of butter under the skin on top of the turkey. It was amazingly moist and so delicous. My family is still asking how I got it to turn out so well.
My cooking tragedies
My husband still likes to remind me of my first attempt at making cheese soup. I had not done much cooking on my own at this point and thought I would attempt to make this wonderful soup we had at a local restaurant. I didn't have a recipe for it but was just sure I could re-create it! I diced the veggies, added the spices and seasonings that I thought should be in there and added this all to chicken stock. I then added all the cheddar cheese at once that I had turned into a big ball of "flubber" as my husband and his roomate liked to call it. I will never live this down even though my husband now loves most everything I make. I have since then successfully made a good cheese soup.
Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Slider-Style Mini Burgers
These were super-easy to make and fun to eat! I halved the recipe but accidentally added the entire envelope of onion soup mix, they still turned out great! My husband and kids really enjoyed them, and it was different enough from a regular hamburger to make it fun for our family super bowl party. I used Hawaiian rolls and did bake them for only 20 minutes as some other reviewers suggested. Thanks, Minnesota_Girl for sharing a fun and tasty recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 11, 2010
Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli
So good! Thank you for introducing me to a new and much better way to prepare broccoli. I have always steamed it and been happy with it even though I have always thought its texture was a bit rubbery. Pretty sure I will only roast garlic from now on. The small amount of olive oil in this recipe is worth the extra calories. Delicious!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 22, 2009
Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews
Double the sauce and cashews, serve over brown rice with grilled/baked chicken for a complete one-bowl meal. So good and easy to make. Reminds me of a dish I had at PF Changs. I did have to add a few more tbsp. of brown sugar to take away from the overpowering saltiness from the soy. Next time I will use low-sodium soy for a less salty taste. My kids even liked this and my husband and I loved it for a new way to get more broccoli into our diet. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 3, 2009
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