vicki515 Profile - (15389321)


Home Town: San Jose, California, USA
Living In: Crescent City, California, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Fishing, Photography
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About this Cook
Married 44 years and counting. My husband and I raised 2 terrific daughters, who have both gotten married and have 2 children of their own. We are retired and live on the coast near the Ca/Ore boarder. We love being at home with our four dogs, and each other. My sister and her husband live on the same property, and we enjoy dinner together one night a week. My favorite things to do are read and collect recipes, and cook. The older I get, the more I enjoy it. With so many wonderful recipes here, on AR, I am in my glory. We've had some really great meals, thanks to the contributors of this site.
My favorite things to cook
I absolutely love to make things that take hours and hours. I like the developing flavors, the way the house smells, the tasting as it cooks, and the pride I feel when it turns out amazing. I am in love with slow cooking without the crockpots.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our family has always gotten together for Thanksgiving. We all helped with the stuffing, the vegetables, mashing of potatoes, etc, but the turkey and gravy were all mama. It wasn't always a great tradition as a child of alcoholic parents. Now Thanksgiving is a wonderful tradition in our family. We all get together with our children and grandchildren at our sister's house and have a beautiful family gathering, with five star recipes, lots of laughs, photo taking all day long, the best desserts, board games for all who want to play, fresh ground coffee, more fun, more memories, year after year. My sister in law is an awesome chef and outdoes herself year after year. She is very organized and gets so much done in advance, that she has time to spend with us. It's our favorite day of the year.
My cooking triumphs
I get the most compliments on my lasagna. I have had so many people over the years tell me they don't usually eat lasagna, but they love mine. I enjoy making it because I cook my sauce slowly. When we have leftover steak, pork chop, roast beef, sausage or taco filling, anything like that, it gets frozen until I make my sauce. Then I cook the sauce with a roast, and whatever leftover meats I had frozen. I use seven different cheeses, and I usually bake it the day after I've put it together, and refrigerated it overnight. The flavors all get to know each other, and it makes a company friendly dinner with a crisp salad and crusty bread, with not much clean up the day of the get together.
My cooking tragedies
I have had several! Lucky for me, my husband is not a picky eater, so to him, most of the tragedies have been edible. To you and I, not so much. My father made a trip to see us. I would be cooking for him for the first time. I thought I would make stuffed cabbage rolls. I worked so hard on those and was so proud of myself. My dad said they were "different" and I agreed. I couldn't put my finger on it, but after he left, I saw what it was. I forgot to put the meat filling in!! There it sat, all mixed together, but not in the rolls. There was just rice and cheese in there and sauce on top. They were very good, but something was definitely missing! My daughters will never let me forget the day we got our first microwave. Now that's a tragedy no one could eat. There weren't many microwaveable foods out yet, but i I did find some chicken nuggets for our little girls. The directions said 30 sec. I thought it was a typo & cooked 30 min! Homemade GOLF BALLS!
Recipe Reviews 49 reviews
Veronica's Hot Spinach, Artichoke and Chile Dip
This is a really great dip! I made it exactly as written, and my husband I devoured the entire dish while watch football. I mixed it up the night before, refrigerated it covererd overnight, an heated it up when football was starting up. We both enjoyed it very much. It would be good a lot spicier too :). Thanks. Will use his recipe a lot!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 31, 2014
We really loved this flavorful, quick, inexpensive dinner. I was a little worried that my husband would think it was just an appetizer, and be wanting somrthing else to eat, but with a salad and some crusty bread, it was a delicious meal. I did use beef stock rather than bullion cubes, and I added some additional veggies we had in the fridge, mushrooms, cabbage and a little corn. Very good, and will become part of our rotation. Thanks for sharing.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 20, 2014
Gumbo Style Chicken Creole
I made this for dinner tonight without reading any reviews first. That's something I don't usually do, but I was running late, and it looked good and easy enough. It was delicious! I did use butter instead of oil with the flour. I think it makes for a tastier dish, and I also added a couple of cups of chicken broth because it was way too thick. After simmering for about a half hour, covered, it was perfect. Will definitely make again when I have more time, add some sausage and shrimp and more spice for a company-worthy main course.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 9, 2014
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