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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
Popa's Pickled Eggs
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 256 reviews
Slow Cooker Pinto Bean Bonanza
I really liked this dish. The flavors are so interesting and balanced. I followed the recipe except I didn't have ranch-style beans, so I left them out and sprinkled a little chili powder in the pot instead. Very good, everyone in my family liked it.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 12, 2015
Awesome Easy Pasta
I followed this recipe and my sauce would not thicken. I did use heavy cream. I also added the peas to the pasta water, or they would not have been cooked. It was flavorful - how could it not be with heavy cream, Parmesan, and bacon - but I don't think I'll make it again.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 10, 2015
Daria's Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
This was good, but for some reason my onions didn't get done enough. Weird. I thought it was tasty, but nothing to write home about. I followed the recipe (except used the homemade cream of anything mix from this site for the canned soup). I also used a pound of fresh mushrooms.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 29, 2015
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