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Home Town: Illinois, USA
Living In: Stoughton, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Christmas Party Pinwheels
Cheesy Thumbprint Appetizers
About this Cook
I love to cook for a crowd! Feeding people is my passion. I started my married life living in Egypt for two years so Mediterranean and Egyptian cuisine is interesting to me. I am developing an edible yard, by not only planting a traditional garden but including mulberry trees, apple and cherry trees, etc. I won third prize in a state-wide recipe competition a few years ago for my Easy Black Bean Lasagna recipe. My young family has kept me from entering recipe contests since then, but I am starting to get the itch back.
My favorite things to cook
I don't mind being a little fussy with the prep if the flavor or wow factor payoff is big. I use fresh ingredients as much as possible, which is why I'm trying to grow as much as I can! Garlic, citrus, or ginger really inspire me because of the mouthful of flavor they deliver.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We let the kids go gangbusters on designing their birthday cakes. We've done a volcano with a beach hut, dinosaur scape with tar pits, and a tidal wave with surfers. I enjoy letting my kids create in the kitchen (although it was hard to give up control at first).
My cooking triumphs
For four years I auctioned off gourmet dinners for a mother's group. With help, I prepared an authentic Egyptian meal, a Hawaiian feast, a Southwestern meal and a Fondue fete. The good times (in the kitchen and by the guests) will never be forgotten.
My cooking tragedies
I once dumped a piping hot lasagna onto the floor, with hungry guests waiting. Pizza was the only option after that.
Recipe Reviews 302 reviews
Grandmother's Pound Cake II
I really liked this cake, and I will use it again. It did form a crust from all of the sugar though. Like a tough outer crust, top and bottom. I will try reducing the bake time next time.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 21, 2015
Easy Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
This was very good. I loosely followed the recipe, using a slightly different combination of veggies. I did add a layer of ricotta cheese, since some reviewers said they missed it, and I knew we would like it in there. Roasting the veggies was a delicious way to do this, although I did saute the mushrooms and onions instead of roasting them. Everything else was roasted.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2015
Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)
This was amazing. I have a secret. My meat mixture was too wet/loose. But, when I went for some breadcrumbs, I was out. I thought, Hmmmm I have graham cracker crumbs. Since I reduced the brown sugar per the reviews, I thought, why not? I loved it! Other than that I followed the recipe with slight tweaks to proportions. Raves all around.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 26, 2015
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