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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 14 reviews
Mayo Free Cabbage Salad
Fast and easy and everyone asks for seconds. My changes: rice wine vinegar instead of red wine vinegar and I use part olive/part sesame oil to give it more flavor and Splenda or Truvia instead of sugar. Also, I saute the slivered almonds in butter to brown them and make them more crunchy. Can also add a package of ramen noodles (crushed) to pan and saute til brown for more crunch but we usually leave those out on our low carb diet. Either way, delish!

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Reviewed On: May 4, 2015
Three Packet Slow Cooker Roast
My pot roast loving family loved it! Probably going to make it this way from now on. Thanks for sharing Kerstin!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 11, 2015
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.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 2, 2015

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