Laurenski Profile - (1446430)

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Home Town: Springfield, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Banana Banana Bread
Chickpea Falafel Burgers
Best Ever Popcorn Balls
Southwestern Casserole
Persimmon Bread II
About this Cook
I am a happily married woman who loves to cook just about anything! I have relocated to the Panhandle of Florida and living in the South is quite a different culinary experience! My friends swear that I will love being a southern belle, but I was born in MA, and there will always be something special about cold winter days... My husband and I love to travel so we really enjoy trying spicy and exotic foods from other lands. My favorite place to travel (hands down) is Israel. Love, love, love middle eastern food. Over the last couple of years, my husband and I have decided on the importance of healthy eating. So we have had to relearn what we thought was "healthy" (read: goodbye diet soda!) Now we have a little one and I am more determined then ever to eat good, wholesome foods without sacrificing taste. But don't be fooled...I do LOVE some of the desserts from this site!!
My favorite things to cook
I adore fall baking! And now that I live in FL, I have to make fall happen for my household! I love sweet pumpkin & spice smells drifting through the house. I also love trying out new recipes! It is such a great feeling when a dish turns out great and my husband raves! :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving was always a big deal at our home. Yum, nothing like the familiar tastes of turkey, gravy, homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, green beans & a glass of white wine. Great introduction to the holidays! We would eat early, have pumpkin pie in the late afternoon, and dive into the leftovers at night. Fun tradition, but glad it happens only once a year! My waistline couldn't handle it!! :)
My cooking triumphs
When I was a teenager, I decided to try to make my mom's awesome baked ziti, and bring it to a potluck. It was such a hit that from that point on, I was hooked on cooking! Since then, I have tried my hand at all different types of cusines and techniques. I know enough about cooking to know that I am no "expert." I'll leave that to the Bobby Flay's of the world. But I do love to entertain and share something tastey! I think the greatest compliment you can get from someone is, "Can I get your recipe?"
My cooking tragedies
Always check bottles carefully before adding them to a recipe! I was making brownies and grabbed a bottle of veggie oil...only to discover later that I grabbed the used fry daddy oil. Blech!
Recipe Reviews 55 reviews
Quick Alfredo Sauce
5 stars for this one. Super easy to make, but did not TASTE like it was super easy to make! I threw this over cooked spaghetti squash with chicken sausage and peas. My husband and 18 month old loved it. I did add salt & pepper and a bit more parmesan to adjust to our taste. Thanks for a great recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 27, 2011
Out of this World Turkey Brine
Wonderful, wonderful recipe! I discovered this recipe several years ago when hosting my first Thanksgiving and have used it ever since. Because it made such moist and tender meat, we have tried it on smoked, grilled, and roasted turkeys and chicken, and they all came out beautifully. *I am a bit surprised to read the reviews that said it was too salty. I don't use a lot of salt while cooking, so I can be kind-of sensitive to it...but this recipe turned out great. Make sure you do not substitute regular table salt if you don't have canning salt. This would definitely contribute to oversalting!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 20, 2009
Perfect Pumpkin Pie
Okay, I am shockingly dissappointed with this pie. I made it exactly as written and it was not bad, just okay. (It was made with The Best Ever Pie Crust from this site.) The reason why I was shocked was that I *assumed* with these ingredients it would be a home run. (Plus all of the 5 star ratings!) Maybe my expectations were set too high. Even my husband commented that it was "missing something." It had a good pumpkin flavor, but what was missing, I'm not really sure. More spices? Sugar? I'm still in search of a good homemade pumpkin pie. And I'm glad this was the trial run and not the actual Thanksgiving Pie!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 16, 2009
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