socalmom Profile - (15514061)


Home Town: Baytown, Texas, USA
Living In: Fallbrook, California, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2012
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Marrie 15 years. Two kids - boy 14 and girl 12. Both are athletes and along with my husband, love to eat! I go through phases with cooking where I am really into it and make menus, shopping lists and try new things. Then things get so busy and I get behind and stop cooking so much - alot of breakfast suppers and soup and sandwich nights. I would like to be better at keeping organized in the kitchen but know I probably never will! My kids like something and then they don't and getting them to eat fruits and veggies these days is a chore! Hanging in there and doing the best I can.
My favorite things to cook
I love crockpot recipes! Busy family with sports almost every night and ofcourse, homework. This way I get a good home cooked meal on the table even if it is late. Also love quick saute or one pot meals. Used to love to bake but no one in the family needs the extra calories so I have pretty much given that up!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Standing Rib Roast on Christmas,
My cooking tragedies
Once I tried to make lamb but had a few too many margaritas with my husband! It just wouldn't finish cooking and I think we finally cut around the edges to get the cooked parts. Also, tried to make homemade beef hash once and it was an utter disaster. This was pre-kids and my husband likes to refer to it as the Hell Hash Disaster of 1996!
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese I
I gave this recipe 4 stars but with a couple tweeks it is a 5 star recipe. I added a between 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of dry mustard, used freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese (don't used the preshredded from the bags. The preservative messes with the creamy melting of the cheese) and I added 4 cups of cheese but sprinkled another cup of cheese on top, plus sprinkled with paprika. If you like your mac and cheese creamy and custardy, leave out the eggs or use one instead of two. NOTE: This recipe with eggs will be fairly creamy after 3 hours of cooking but the longer it cooks the more custardy and egg-y it becomes. If you are not going to serve right away, I recommend turning to WARM or even off for a little while and then turning back up to WARM 30 minutes before serving. I made this for the Super Bowl and at the beginning of the game it was still creamy and slighly liquid but by the end of the game it had become mostly eggy and custardy but still tasty. It's just personal preference. I boiled the macaroni for half the time it calls for but will try not boiling at all as several reviewers did and see how that works.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 2, 2015
Foolproof Rib Roast
I've tried this method before with an eye of round roast and it worked perfectly so I figured it would work with a rib roast too. It is just like the title says - FOOLPROOF!! Anyone can make this roast and it is perfect everytime! It is such an elegant meal and hardly any work at all. Great for company or when you would rather spend time with your family on the holidays. Also great for those busy nights as you can put it in at 1:00 or 2:00, go out and run errands, etc. and still be back in time to make a delish meal! No need to change anything about this unless you like to change up the spices you rub on the roast. What more can I say - it's perfect!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2013
Creme Brulee French Toast
I may have already rated this but I keep coming back to it so it is worth two sets of five stars! My kids ask for this now for every special breakfast and are disappointed if I don't make it. One thing I do is after putting the slices of bread in the pan, I cut up extra slices to fit in the gaps so it is pretty much completely filled. I go heavy on all the ingredients to compensate and it always turns out amazingly delicious!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 27, 2013

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