CATHYD2 Profile - (1466243)

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Home Town: Taylor, Michigan, USA
Living In: Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Reading Books
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Summer at a Glance
About this Cook
I'm the proud Mother of two (grown) children, and the wife of a retired Marine; we've been married happily for 27 years. We've moved a LOT, but those days are over; we've been living here in VA for nearly 11 years. Being a military wife, I had to learn how to stretch our food budget, so I love using the crockpot and making great meals with less expensive cuts of meat.
My favorite things to cook
Chicken is #1 (so versatile!), followed by less-expensive cuts of beef. I also love trying out different Mexican food recipes!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm not a big fan of fried food, whatever I make is usually slow-cooked (in the winter) or grilled in the summer. I also bake a lot of casseroles.
My cooking triumphs
A beef brisket recipe that a friend shared with me. It made an awesome dinner, complete with a wonderful gravy, mashed potatoes, etc.
My cooking tragedies
I thought I would be smart and rather than buy a huge turkey for our Thanksgiving dinner (this was many, many years ago!), I got a large hen. I didn't know that hens are typically used for casseroles, boiled first, etc.--I roasted it. It was the TOUGHEST ol' bird! My husband chewed on his first bite of drum-stick for what must've been 5 minutes, and then said "Ummm....what kind of chicken IS this?" I was devestated! We laugh about it now, though--it sure did make for a "memorable" meal. (I threw that bird OUT, it was so awful!) I can happily say I've learned a lot and am now a very good cook!
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Chicken and Broccoli Braid
Quick, easy & totally delicious! My husband and I both loved this. I will definitely be making this again!!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 23, 2012
Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style
Followed this recipe as written (minus the white pepper because I didn't have any). I did take the hint of one review and used 2 generous pats of butter that were coated in the spices and then placed UNDER the skin on the chicken breasts. One stick of celery and two cloves of minced garlic were added with the onion. I wrapped it well, let it set over night in the fridge. I used one (7 lb) chicken, and it only took 4 hours to cook. My gosh!! BEST ROAST CHICKEN EVER! A TOTAL KEEPER! The chicken was so moist and tender and the house smelled wonderful. Thank you so much for this recipe!

39 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2010
Leftover Chicken Croquettes
As others have said, a great basic recipe! I doctored it a bit, in part because I didn't have seasoned bread crumbs, and also because of previous reviews mentioning these were a bit bland. Nothing big--threw a generous amount of Italian seasoning in with the bread crumbs, and sauteed some garlic & celery along with the chopped onion. Definitely needed 3 eggs and I used a bit of milk along with. Made the patties a bit thin (per review that said they didn't cook all the way thru)--so I ended up with approx 10 patties total. This turned out well! My husband loved it, asked me to be sure to keep this recipe! He ate 4 patties for dinner and took leftovers with him for lunch today!! Thank you, Jeanne, for a def "keeper"!

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 27, 2010
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