ASHLYNNS MOMMY Profile - (1536420)

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Living In: Mesa, Arizona, USA
Member Since: May 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
My name is Nia, and I am a stay-at-home mom of a beautiful 5-year-old girl.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite ethnic cuisine is a tie between Mexican (I'm Southwest born and bred!) and Chinese. I also love to throw something in the slow cooker, or in the oven to roast; you can "forget" about it for hours and it tastes like you slaved all afternoon.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our only real family traditions surround the winter holidays. On Thanksgiving, of course, we have turkey, and on New Year's Day we follow an old German tradition of eating pork and cabbage for good luck in the coming year. Usually Christmas dinner is either turkey or ham again, but I plan on making a roast beef dinner traditional, some year when I feel like hosting Christmas dinner that is, LOL!
My cooking triumphs
Even though Allrecipes wasn't interested in it (hmph!) I am famous among my family and friends for my chicken fajita recipe. My brother lives almost an hour away, but he will drive out to our house even on a weeknight if he finds out we're having fajitas.
My cooking tragedies
I haven't had any major tragedies, I'm happy to say. I am probably the world's most disorganized cook, so I have had to learn to be quick on my feet in the kitchen.
Recipe Reviews 102 reviews
Loosemeat Sandwiches I
I just whipped up a batch of this to use for a dinner later in the week, but I snuck a bite as it came out of the skillet and yum! I didn't have tomato juice on hand, so I used some spicy V8, thinned with a bit of water to cut the heat (so hopefully my daughter will eat it) and omitted the cayenne. Also used liquid smoke instead of browning sauce (not sure what the difference between these 2 is anyway) and cut the brown sugar down to 1 tsp instead of 2. I must say, if I already had the burger buns on hand, I might have one for lunch right now :-) Thanks for the recipe, I'm a huge Roseanne fan so I just had to try it out.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 8, 2007
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
I was rather disappointed in the final product of this recipe. After tasting the liquid before starting the slow cooker, and smelling the wonderful aroma all day, I was very eager for dinner that night. I was so disappointed to find a bland soup in my bowl! My family liked it, though, and I do plan to make it again. But I believe I'll just simmer it on the stovetop long enough to heat through rather than slow-cooking it next time. All that flavor must have escaped at some point during the afternoon, and I won't give it the chance again.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2006
Way Easy Pizza Sauce/Bread Stick Dip
Very good flavor, quick and easy to assemble too. I wasn't happy with the consistency for a dipping sauce (I imagine it would be perfect for an actual pizza though) so I blended in 1/4 C of water with no noticeable effect on the flavor. Also I simmered it on the stovetop for a bit and served it warm to rave reviews. My breadsticks will be naked no longer... Thanks for posting!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2006
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