cowabungachick06 Profile - (14304764)

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Home Town: Irmo, South Carolina, USA
Living In: Colorado, USA
Member Since: May 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Italian, Southern
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Chicken pot pie, sweet potato casserole, anything fried, almost anything pasta with my homemade garlic bread.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sweet potato casserole every Thanksgiving. I always ate the most of it, so when I was finally old enough to be trusted to make it for the whole family, I experimented and now I am the designated sweet potato person every major holiday, not just Thanksgiving.
My cooking triumphs
New ones all the time- finding new things my picky boyfriend will eat.
My cooking tragedies
Used to cooking for my big family of 7, so learning to cook for 1-2 when I moved into my first apartment was a challenge. I had a bad streak for a while and nothing came out right, so I attributed it to the change in altitude (carolina to colorado). Out of laziness and desperation one night I threw a frozen pizza in the oven and the bottom came out black and the top was raw! I finally figured out that the oven was overheating by over 100 degrees. Maintenance never fixed it or replaced it as requested multiple times, but once I set the oven to 125 degrees lower than the recommended temp, I had less trouble.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Cajun Style Stuffed Peppers
as is, 3 stars, with modifications, 5, so 4 total. cook the rice separately AHEAD OF TIME, omit the chicken broth or just add a tbs or two if using chicken instead of shrimp/sausage. steam the peppers (tops off and gutted) in 1" of water with a loose lid in the microwave for a couple minutes. i omit the lemon and hot sauce, and just use some Old Bay for the creole seasoning. very versatile recipe, i have done shrimp and italian or andouille sausage, chicken and shrimp, and just chicken if I'm low on funds. the first time I made this, I used some of a jar of spaghetti sauce. the next time, I was out, so I used some pace medium salsa. holy cow what a difference, since then I always use salsa instead of boring old tomato sauce! I shared this recipe with my grandmother, who also tried it both ways, and she agrees to definitely use salsa! add the shrimp last minute to cook some before putting mixture into peppers and baking. Since the rice etc is already hot when I stuff them, I just bake long enough to reheat the peppers. YUM!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 28, 2012
Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini
fabulous, just need to figure out how to make the parm stick to the zucchini instead of melting off and turning into a crispy puddle around it!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 28, 2012
Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wraps
delicious, i use fresh jalapenos and they arent the slightest bit spicy. normally i refuse to touch jalapenos, but i make sure I get one or 2 of these! Haven't figured out how to get bacon crispy enough yet. I place toothpick-speared peppers on a round pizza pan with holes upside down over another pizza pan to catch the grease that drips thru the holes. I place on bottom rack until bacon looks fairly crispy underneath, then move to top rack and broil for a few mins, but still can't quite get it crispy enough, it's still a little too chewy. I have tried turning up the heat but that just makes the grease caught in the pan smoke, and smoke up the house when I open the oven to check on it. Max I can do is 375-400 for no smoke. Suggestions???

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 28, 2012

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