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Renee :)

Renee :)
Home Town: Redding, California, USA
Living In: Sonoma, California, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I live in beautiful Sonoma, California, so I am lucky enough to be in the area were so manyy wonderful cooking-related things happen. Wine is made here, amazing produce is grown in and around Sonoma, and we have world-reknown chefs and restaurants. I like to hit the Farmers Market for produce, and specifically cook with it when in season. As with so many, the economy is really effecting my cookng budget, but that's just a great way to cook fresh adn get creative! I am recommending travel values on a new site called, so stop by and see my week's recommendations if your looking for a value. I also work at a Travel Agency and can recommend great trips. See for more details. (I am particularly proud of that website as I did most of the copy, editting and posting!)
My favorite things to cook
I love potatos of any kind, and am learning Thai, Indian, Asian and many ethnic dishes. Any recipes send my way! I like to make new dishes for my friends when we have get-togethers, so new and unique appetizer dishes are always a great find for me. Salads are always fun and easy, specially when I find a recipe that utilizes my leftovers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Spinach dip and gaucamole. Cheese with virtually everything ;)
My cooking triumphs
Learning how to cook boneless, skinless chicken without making it dry- and I discovered it myself through lots of trial and error. Anytime I cook and succeed with a new ethnic recipe I call that a triumph!
My cooking tragedies
Failing horriblly at making fresh turkey stock (just this last Thanksgiving). If anyone needs a recipe for Turkey jello- ask me! Before I mastered boneless, skinless chicken breast I had a lot of dry chicken dishes.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Turkey Veggie Meatloaf Cups
This recipe was pretty good. I had some issues with consistency (followed recipe exact) and had to cook it a little longer (in a very new oven), but I will make again! I think I might try to add more red peppers flakes, scallions, etc., as it is a tiny bit bland. Very good idea to make in mini cups, and a great, healthy alternative to ground beef!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2012
Quick Quiche
This was quick and easy. I added a few ingredients, some suggested by the author. I think this woudl be a five if there were more seasonings. I added chilli powder, garlic, etc., but I think even an adobo sauce or maybe even something like saffron. The bacon really did add good flavor- I would just suggest to add to it. In addition, I added cheese (grated parmesean) to the batter and a jack/cheddar mix (shredded) on top.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 3, 2009
Black Bean Huevos Rancheros
Very good. I used jarred salsa and should have followed the recipe and used fresh. I would also suggest topping with the hispanic goat cheese (sp?) and placing under broiler for 1-2 minutes for a browned, cripsy finish. Love teh black bean mixture- so much better than refried beans.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 4, 2009

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