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Joyce Werthauer

Joyce Werthauer
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Living In: Long Island, New York, USA
Member Since: May 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I work part time as a graphic artist and full time as a mom to my two children. My latest hobby is crocheting cute little characters such as the flower I made for my niece. A lot of my cooking from necessity is about preparing healthy & quick foods that my husband & children will like without getting boring.
My favorite things to cook
I really like to try new recipes & experiment with different ethnic cuisines, asian, mexican, I just bought an Indian cookbook but I have not made anything from it yet. The area in which I live provides access to all sorts of ethnic neighborhoods to explore for new ingredients. I like to bake & use my bread machine & slow cooker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Italian - my grandmother made her own pasta, pizza & breads.
My cooking triumphs
My Ricotta and Fennel-seed bread is well loved. My stromboli gets raves whenever I make it. I experimented until I could make a chicken kung pao that duplicates the one my husband loved from a long-closed restaurant.
My cooking tragedies
Oh I've made my share of Banana Bricks and deadly Rumballs! Don't substitute yogurt for sour cream in mashed potatoes, yucch!
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Baked Garden Ratatouille
This came out really good. I transferred the ratatouille into a baking dish, placed the chicken on top, and covered with foil before transferring to the oven. The liquid in the vegetables kept the chicken breasts moist. Seasoned the chicken with Italian seasonings before skillet cooking. Added fresh basil, parsley & rosemary to vegetables. I make ratatouille a lot but I really like the idea of cooking it with the chicken since it gives my son something to like in the dish, otherwise just picks at the vegetables.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 17, 2014
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
In addition to the seasonings above, I also add a small can of tomatoes to simmer with the ground meat for a few minutes after the meat has been cooked up and any fat has been drained. Much better tasting than those prepackaged seasoning packets!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 21, 2013

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