Lisa Profile - (1445817)

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Home Town: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Mexican, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Insalata Caprese II
Insalata Caprese II
Georgia Spiced Peaches
WI State Fair
About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Everything! My husband is Italian, so I've been honing my skills on that for the past year or so. I've been reverting to a lot of my grandmother's recipes for Midwestern comfort foods, but for some reason they never taste quite like how she makes them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I guess I didn't fully realize my heritage until moving away! My grandparents still keep up with "Old World" practices, so there's always plenty of homemade pickles, lefse, rosettes, and German potato salad waiting for us. Thankfully, subsequent generations of our family have carried on these traditions in our own ways, and I look forward to raising children to share them with someday...
My cooking triumphs
Having built up a nice repertoire after a year of devout "recipe following", I now have the confidence to just look at a recipe and kind of take it from there on my own, knowing it will still turn out. Seeing that I was always cooking for 2, I never wanted someone else to have to sit through a "ruined" recipe! Another so-called triumph was teaching myself to can. Obviously it's not difficult, just a little tiring when attending to a hot stove the middle of August...without decent air-conditioning.
Recipe Reviews 50 reviews
Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Orzo
I made sure to review after letting this sit for a day, but I have to agree with others who've stated that this recipe is somewhat bland. My food processor may not have chopped up the sun-dried tomatoes enough(?), but either way I think using a little less pasta would help, too. I will definitely be making this again, however, using the above changes.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 23, 2008
Mom's Cucumber Salad
*The* quintessential summer salad. I've been looking for this recipe for some time now, and was glad to find it here. I sweat the cucumbers first with some salt as I mix the dressing, making sure to add more vinegar than stated to balance out the sweetness. Also, onions are a must!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 23, 2008
California Grilled Veggie Sandwich
I didn't know if this would be my thing, but I can now say that this is *THE BEST RECIPE* on the site. I would recommend these minor additions: portobello mushrooms (essential, esp. for meat eaters) and zucchini. We had to use the oven due to rain, but I let the peppers cook longer and finished them off under the broiler. Perfection! You MUST try this. ;)

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 6, 2008

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