angelinamarie3 Profile - (15658846)


Home Town: Palmer, Alaska, USA
Living In: Wasilla, Alaska, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2012
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I grew up learning from cooking w/ my mom & other family members/friends. Always have loved to try the new & different but still love the simple & classics. Have been into everything from extremely healthy diets to picky eaters, ethnic, classic, creative- you name it! Love to occupy my time in the kitchen & love to create dishes & meals to please and present to others. I, by nature, have this 'creativity' gene in me, so I'm always looking for something new, different or creative & not just tasteful, but aesthetically pleasing all at the same time. =)
My favorite things to cook
Almost ANYTHING! I really do enjoy holiday baking- it's a childhood tradition I was raised on. My main thing now days, is dinner. Dinner & appetizers to please hubby or a crowd while the main course is in the works. I seem to really LOVE & enjoy whipping up appetizers or simple desserts/goodies over big complex meals. But all in all, experimenting with everything & all types of cuisine is a must for me- I love to try anything new & different. ...Only pratice & tweaking combined with time, love & the effort to care can make a perfect dish!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday sugar cookies... with the homemade forsting to decorate in any way imaginable! Potlucks & dinner gatherings, where everyone brings a dish or two and there is always a variety of something for everyone. Having hubby hop in to whip up a dish with me in the kitchen for anything where I am feeling behind on time or a little stressed. (He is also an awesome cook!)
My cooking triumphs
Being able to search or pull a recipe out on a whim with short nortice (or procrastination) not knowing if it will turn out well- serving it at home or bringing it to any gathering, etc... and hearing how delicious it was (and being asked for the recipe is absolutely always a plus)!
My cooking tragedies
Living in a smaller town in Alaska- for sure!! I see so many recipes where the ingredients are not something I can run to a local store for. Unless I feel like driving 45+ minutes & hoping somewhere in a larger city carries what I am looking for- things can be VERY limited or not possible. I have learned a whole new meaning to 'substitute'! And, of course- as any cooking 'tragedy' goes- having something come out tasting bland, aweful, undercooked or burnt. Or trying a new recipe and not reading the reviews and suggestions for why the original was not completely up to par for all. I believe every good cook has their 'tregedies' and it is something all true cooks should go through and experience. You can only learn from your mistakes. Practice makes perfect! =)
Recipe Reviews 49 reviews
Cheesy Potato Casserole from Ore-Ida(R)
Super easy and great for picky eaters. We have been making this for years and everyone loves it. It goes quickly at potlucks, but also keeps well for leftovers (if there are any). My only suggestion, is layering the ingredients & adding about 1/4 cup of milk to the soup/sour cream mixture (which is otherwise VERY thick). I place a layer of hashbrowns first, then spoon a layer of the mixture on top, repeating layers. Seems to hold together better and cook more evenly. It can also be quite bland without adding some extra spices, so I usually add some garlic powder, onion powder and whatever else to taste into the soup/sour cream/milk mixture. And for cheese lovers- sprinkling a layer of cheese on top, over the crushed cornflakes is a nice addition. This is a great recipe to make ahead of time and bake when ready- very hearty comfort food.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 2, 2015
Little Smokies
I was originally looking for a recipe that used grape jelly... But am more than glad I tried this one! These were delicious- perfect amount of sauce and the flavor was spot-on. The only change I made, was using onion powder instead of diced onion. I suppose minced instead of diced would have been okay, but something about chunks of onion in the sauce did not seem appealing with such a smooth texture, so I feel satisfied with substituting onion powder and the flavor was still really good. This was super quick & easy. Really convenient to mix up ahead of time & then throw it on to cook later, when ready. I'll be keeping this for upcoming agendas that require quick & easy appetizers or party snacks! Definitely prefer this over some that all for grape jelly. The flavor of the brown sugar & bbq sauce goes perfect with lil' smokies.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 13, 2015
Cocktail Meatballs
Loved these! Although, I can't rate the meatballs, only the sauce. I use the 'Meatball Nirvana' recipe from this site (incredible!!) and the ones on this recipe seem would be a bit bland compared to those. Thats my only reason for not giving this a 5 star rating- the flavor of the actual meatballs outside of the sauce is incredibly important, it can make all the difference between a dry or bland dish underneath the sauce. And if your short on time, it is super easy to grab a package of frozen meatballs, thaw & throw the sauce on top in the crock pot! But the sauce was excellent- this was very well liked and disappeared pretty quickly. Will be saving this for future use, only with a more diverse & flavorful meatball.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 13, 2015
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