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Home Town: Northville, Michigan, USA
Living In: Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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About this Cook
I am a mother and wife who after spending 20 or so years working was laid off about a year ago. I'm now a full-time student and working part-time for an emergency vet clinic. I love to cook and to try new dishes and incorporate different flavors into our family meals
My favorite things to cook
Chicken Lemon Orzo soup, its become a big favorite in our house and I'm asked to make it almost weekly now. Also, anything Italian, so Chicken Saltimbocca and Chicken Marsala are both favorites as well.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up around a grandmother who was a wonderful cook and baker. I have so many memories of spending time in the kitchen with her. My father and I spent quite a bit of time cooking as well, those memories of standing side by side in our kitchen, experimenting with different flavors and meals is something I cherish.
My cooking triumphs
Being able to recreate Panera Bread's Chicken Lemon Orzo soup once they stopped serving it last fall and actually I like my version better :)
Recipe Reviews 21 reviews
Wavy Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Fresh Ricotta and Spinach
Absolutely loved this lasagna and will be making it again for sure! The Barilla meat sauce was good, there wasn't a lot of meat in the sauce but it would be easy enough to add your own if you wanted to. I did feel like you needed 2 jars of sauce though, one wasn't enough, so be prepared. Loved the use of the fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced, and I used fresh spinach instead of frozen because that's what I had on hand. Everyone had seconds and my son even said this was the best lasagna I have made! Thanks Barilla!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 13, 2014
Whole Grain Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Marinated Chicken Breast and Pesto
This was just okay. As is, I felt like it was missing something. Added more salt and extra pesto sauce to the dish and shredded parmesan cheese helped, but still rather disappointed. Love Barilla pasta, but this recipe needs a little work.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 12, 2014
Sweet and Spicy Salmon with Grapefruit Salsa
The entire family loved this recipe! The rub was wonderful, we will be using that on fish again in the future as well as poultry, and we didn't find it too hot. Again, if you are concerned with how spicy it may be, just reduce the amount of the cayenne. Instead of the grapefruit salsa, I made a mango/pineapple/canteloupe salsa, and it was nice and refreshing paired with the salmon. I would definitely make this again.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 31, 2014
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