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Simplifying Things

Simplifying Things
Home Town: Missouri, USA
Living In: Missouri, USA
Member Since: May 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening
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About this Cook
I am an avid gardener but living in the Midwest is very challenging! I enjoy new recipes and I often go on searches for the "best" of something. Right now I'm looking for a good macaroni and cheese recipe that's comparable to Kraft since it keeps getting more expensive to buy and less in the box! The third thing is that I'm a writer and I also enjoy composing music.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We make a dish called Stufso. We don't know if it's a German or Indian dish but it is delicious! It is a mixture of meat and oatmeal fried into patties, a great breakfast dish.
Recipe Reviews 35 reviews
Bella's Rosemary Red Potatoes
The aroma will bring in "customers" faster than any dinner bell! I made mine on top of the stove as it is over 90 outside and didn't want to heat up the kitchen! Sliced them 1/4" thick and cook in boiling water for abt. 20 min. Drain thoroughly. Melted 2 Tbsp. of butter and added a crushed garlic clove until cooked. Add the sliced potatoes, finely chopped rosemary (abt. 2 sprigs) and some chicken broth. (Start w/ 1/2 c. and "eyeball" it.) You just want it to be nice and moist. S & P to taste. Wonderful!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 16, 2010
Lemon Pepper Dill Fish
I can't believe how many of you didn't take advantage of cooking this in the microwave! I will say that I probably wouldn't have cooked it this way if I didn't have a turntable. It really helps in cooking the fish evenly. I used white swai, a spice called, "lemon butter w/ dill" (I got at a spice shop) sprinkled on both sides along w/ a little parm just on top. Then I used three thinly sliced pats of butter evenly spaced on each fillet. Total would be abt. 3 Tbsp. (So 1/2 c. of butter is w-a-y too much!) Cover w/ a plastic cover like you use when microwaving liquids and microwaved for 3 min. Then gently turn over and put the outside edge of the fish inward, keeping the thickest part on the end of the dish and cook another 3 min. Depending on the thickness of your fillets, you might need another couple of min. but that's all! It was flaky and juicy and so flavorful! Plus, it didn't heat up my kitchen while it's 90 outside!

18 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 10, 2010
Chicken Cordon Bleu II
I think Julia Child would cringe at my version of this dish but technically it is what it is called. I gave up pounding after the first breast! Flatten the breast w/ your hand evenly on a cutting board and slice the breast (horizontally) in half. (You might need more cheese and ham doing it this way.) Place a slice of cheese and then ham on top (it will probably be 1/2 a slice since it's not pounded) and roll up, putting a toothpick through the middle. Place them in a baking dish and bake at 350 for 30 min. (Skipping the flouring and browning step.) While baking, mix the wine, bouillon, and whipping cream w/ cornstarch in a saucepan until slightly thickened. (After reading the reviews, I automatically doubled the sauce!) Poured some of the sauce over the chicken after baking and return to oven for another 5-10 min. This was another yummylicious dish! Fewer carbs, calories, and gluten free, provided that you use a gluten free bouillon, when made this way without sacrificing taste! Bon Appetit!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 7, 2010

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