MEIOUSEI Profile - (1465608)

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Home Town: Bettendorf, Iowa, USA
Living In: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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About this Cook
I'I'm all about eating on a budget, so I'm thrilled when I can find healthy, cheap, and satisfying recipes. However, I'm learning more and more that cheap food doesn't necessarily mean quality food, so I'm trying buy a lot more fresh produce (esp. at the summer farmer's markets!), and to eat seasonally. My challenge to myself each week is to pick up an unfamiliar fruit or vegetable and make something awesome with it.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, especially dessert/sweet type dishes, but I don't do them as often as I used to. Lately I've been more into learning about cooking beyond the "meat and potatoes" diet I grew up with as a kid (though I'm certainly still a fan!) - I'm really excited about Asian, Latin, and various other flavors.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love making Wassail and TONS of cookies with my family around Christmas time. I also loved that my mom let me help her in the kitchen as a kid.
My cooking triumphs
I make really good grilled portobello mushrooms, and one of my favorite recent dishes was the "Best ever party appetizer" recipe on this site. I also made a really good pork shoulder roast recently, which was a cut I had never tried before.
My cooking tragedies
One of my biggest baking disasters happened when I was probably about 10 years old, and it still haunts me! I somehow put waaaay too much butter into chocolate chip cookie dough (like, over a stick too much). It melted and then burned onto my mother's best cookie sheets.
Recipe Reviews 20 reviews
Sausage and Rice Stuffed Peppers
Yummy! I read some of the other reviews and modified the original recipe. I did NOT boil the peppers at all, just used the raw halves - I used yellow and orange bell peppers. I used most of a jar of marinara spaghetti sauce instead of the tomato soup. I just used the leftover half of a large onion I had sitting around. Also, I added 2 cups of white rice with the liquid after browning the meat and onion, brought it to a boil, and simmered for half an hour, which worked fine (the rice was just a tiny bit on the crunchy side though, so maybe I should have let it sit a little longer). I simmered for half an hour, then stuffed the peppers. Also, I didn't add extra cheese on top of the peppers at the end; the stuffing was already so cheesy that I didn't think it needed it.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 23, 2010
Garlic Red Potatoes
Tragically, I did not read the other reviews before making these, and only realized when dinner was about to be served that the cooking time in the instructions is WAY off. These take more like an hour to cook through, and my potatoes were quartered and then some. I will take the time into account next time. Cooking time aside, this is a really good recipe! The second time I made it, I accidentally added a little too much lemon juice (from a bottle, since I had no lemon fruit). It was very lemony, but still tangy and tasty. So it's pretty forgiving, but I advise that you go a little lighter on the lemon juice end of things!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 18, 2009
Baked Kale Chips
Yummy! I used frilly red kale from the farmers market, and cut the entire stem out of the leaf. I didn't bake as long as suggested - I checked on these a couple of minutes before the suggested time, and they were done. The consistency is kind of chip-like, and the flavor is interesting. It makes a nice salty TV snack!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 30, 2009

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