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Home Town: Downers Grove, Illinois, USA
Living In: Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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Rolled Buttercream Fondant Vador
Vegetables with Brown Rice
Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken
Easy Pepperoni Bread
Salsa Chicken
About this Cook
We're from the states but moved to the Middle East 3 years ago. It's been a fun experience learning and experiencing all different kinds of cultures. I have three little boys who enjoy making and eating food. My husband is a bit picky so I find I have to alter most meals to suit his taste. I love to read recipes, experiment with recipes, buy food magazines, talk food with others, etc. I love AllRecipes.com and look at it nearly everyday.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make sweets and appetizers. My husband and I work with teenagers and so I'm often making food for them. I love to watch them devour the new and interesting things I experiment with.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our favorite family meal is a grand breakfast. My boys love fancy waffles or creative pancakes. We like to mix the sweet with the savory and make a nice latte with it.
My cooking triumphs
I made a beautiful lowfat cheesecake, chicken milano, strawberry-spinach salad and brushetta for my dear friends birthday last year. It was delicious and really impressed her and the other guests.
My cooking tragedies
Probably the worst thing I ever made was a chicken crockpot dish. It was dry and tasted like old socks.
Recipe Reviews 85 reviews
Brown Rice and Black Bean Casserole
This was a nice meal. My husband rated it with a "make it once every other month". I did not put mushrooms in because we do not care for them. I increased rice to one cup and made it with chicken stock. I also didn't have green chiles so I bumped up cayenne. I increased the carrots to about 3/4 cup and used cheddar instead. There is nothing wrong with the original...these changes just worked for our family and cupboards. :) Thanks!!

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 23, 2012
Spiced Quinoa
Loved this "salad"! I made it for a gathering of women and many of them really liked it and even asked for the recipe. I ate it both warm and cold and both were good. I agree with the many folks who said don't forget the raisins. I didn't soak mine ahead of time because the extra broth did the job. I suggest waiting to just before serving to toss the pine nuts in so that they don't get mushy. Thanks for the recipe!

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 14, 2012
Avocado, Tomato and Mango Salsa
Delicious! I added extra mango, doubled the avo and threw in about 1/2 cup fresh chopped pineapple. I also did not remove seeds from jalapeno...we like it spicy and I would have actually added another had I had one on hand. Finally, the shops were all sold out of cilantro so I had to omit it (very sad) and yet it still was delicious. Thanks!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 13, 2011
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