Valerie Profile - (1418713)

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Home Town: Schenectady, New York, USA
Living In: Clarkston, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Genealogy
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Medieval Times in Toronto
Beef-Spinach Lattice Pie
About this Cook
Historically, I've had an aversion to cooking. I did it because my family needed to eat, and I loved them. I've always tried to keep the meals healthy, and balanced, but never enjoyed the job. I've prayed for years that the LORD would help me to get the meals on time and yummy, and that I would learn to enjoy feeding my family. Well, a couple of years ago it finally happened. In 2003 I began using the Allrecipes site which helped me to learn to tailor recipes to our specific needs. Then - I discovered Rachel Ray cookbooks in our local library and found her recipes to be easy to follow - healthy, and (usually) not extravagant. I felt like a gourmet cook! I don't always cook like that now, but with the help of this site I am usually happy with the meals I am serving my family, and I actually enjoy planning them and preparing them.
My favorite things to cook
I love to use fresh ingredients and herbs, but try to keep things pretty simple and inexpensive.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Don't really have any.
My cooking triumphs
Learning to enjoy cooking.
Recipe Reviews 35 reviews
The Aztec Five-Step
This recipe is a great hearty, HEALTHY, comfort food! WE all enjoyed it very much! The reason you need to take the veggies out of the water and put them into each serving bowl is so that they don't get mushy, losing their taste, texture, and nutrients. The only thing that needs to change is the order in which you follow the steps. Cook the chicken first so that you can work on everything else while its cooking. Also, if you have a third burner, parboil (or microwave) the potatoes. This way will save a lot of time!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 21, 2015
California Grilled Veggie Sandwich
The adults in our group rated this 4.7 but the teenagers (who are a little picky) rated it 3.5. This recipe is great as is - no changes needed! Perfect for a veggie meal. This one was quickly added to my recipe box. I didn't want to fire up the grill so I broiled the veggies. I added sliced portabella mushrooms for a little bit of a 'meatier' taste. I couldn't find focaccia bread so substituted with ciabatta.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 24, 2013
Tomato-Mint Quinoa Salad
Lots of prep work - as others said, several flavors working together. We liked this recipe and will repeat it but it does need a little salt, and something sweet added. I tried to add a smidge of sugar and that didn't work. I think I'll add fresh orange slices next time. I used raisins and we all loved that ingredient. As others suggested, I used fresh basil and fresh mint together.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 24, 2013

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