Luv2Cook Profile - (1518082)


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Living In: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Member Since: May 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook seafood dishes and anything Italian. I also like to make desserts for parties.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is the best cook! Everything she makes, from eggplant parmigiana to roast turkey with stuffing and homemade gravy is the best. She can bake anything, and we hade homemade desserts all the time growing up. It's a miracle that none of us are overweight!
My cooking triumphs
I rarely invent my own recipes, but I am very good at tweaking recipes to make them better. People request my crab dip over and over. I make a very good seafood pasta dish, and everyone loves my pulled pork recipe. I like to take bits and pieces from recipes, add my own twist, and create something different. Anytime my father-in-law asks for a recipe it's my biggest triumph because he was a pro baker and awesome cook!
My cooking tragedies
Too many to list! From undercooked stuff to overcooked stuff to stuff that just plain tasted bad!
Recipe Reviews 31 reviews
Beef Stew VI
This is my new favorite beef stew recipe! I did make a few changes like tossing the beef cubes with flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder before browning them. I omitted the onions and celery because my husband doesn't like them and added a couple more potatoes. I left everything else the same and the combination of seasonings was very good. The only thing I would do differently if I was only going to cook it as long as recommended is cut the amount of liquid. I cooked mine longer than 2 hours and still had to add more cornstarch and cook it without the lid for the last 20 minutes or so to get it to thicken up. I think 3 cups of liquid would have been plenty.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 23, 2014
Cheese and Bacon Potato Rounds
Brought this to a party, and it was a big hit. I just made a few changes. I sliced the potatoes about 1/4" and tossed them in a bowl with salt, pepper, and some garlic powder. Then I poured the melted butter over them and mixed them well. I also used real bacon bits instead of cooking bacon and crumbling it. I served these with a bowl of sour cream for dipping/topping, and they were gone in a flash! Thanks for an easy, tasty appetizer recipe that I'll be making often!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 22, 2014
Simple Turkey Chili
This is a good base to start wirh, but it tastes too much like an Italian meat sauce. To get more of a chili flavor, I leave out the garlic and oregano, use diced tomatoes instead of crushed tomatoes, and only 1 cup of water.I also add at least one extra can of beans (unmashed) and some more chili powder.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 8, 2013

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