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Just Tabitha & me

Just Tabitha & me
Home Town: San Jose, California, USA
Living In: Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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Just Tabitha & Me
About this Cook
I'm 69 years young (updated 12/14) & have been cooking for family & friends since I was 11. Lots of basics learned very young (7 +) & Nana Monzano & my fabulous cook of a M-I-L taught me TONs more! I love to cook for friends & family, however have some very real physical challenges to being able to. Hard passing on the cooking & hosting of large family gatherings, but my girls learned very well. I've been severely physically challenged since a drunk driver hit me head-on 20 years ago. So, I have to plan ahead when I cook, doing prep work, & whatever, in little steps through-out the day. Peel veggies for pot-roast at 8:00 am, sit or lie down for 15-30 minutes, braise roast & deglaze pan at 10:30 am, etc. Doing small amounts of the whole, works really well. I do my housekeeping the same way. I was widowed for the 2nd time in 2008, so cat (Tabitha) & I live alone. Have a really great kitchen, & an elec. W/C w/adjustable height which enables me to sit while cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I cook a lot of comfort foods, but I really enjoy cooking my Mexican dishes best. I've "invented" a few Mexican dishes, as well as a few "American" ones. I've been fortunate to have been exposed to several ethnicities while growing up, which is why I am so versatile in my cooking abilities. My strongest is Italian, thanks to Nana Monzano, but my favorite dishes are Mexican.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays, particularly Christmas & Thanksgiving! Partly for the foods usually served, but mostly for FAMILY!!! As I've accrued Sons & Daughter in-laws, my list of "gotta have's" on Thanksgiving grows bigger every year. I have 5 kids, 4 married, 2 "Heart-Sons, & 1 Heart-Daughter ( my in-law kids, but love them like my own), & 12 Grandcildren! I have had two Wonderful Husbands, (both with Jesus) and have had such a blessed life!! God has truly been good to me!
My cooking triumphs
Like I said earlier, I have "invented" a few recipe's, and hope to share them as soon as I find my old notebook. I'm quite proud of my " Chile Cheese Zuchinni" which always garners lots of compliments as well as recipe requests.
My cooking tragedies
Leaving lid off blender, when making basil pesto. Took forever before I was able to laugh about THAT one. Leaving bread dough on stove-top after 1st rise & rushing young child to emergency room, & subsequent emergency surgery. Arrived back home 36 hrs. Later & couldn't even find stove!!! Too many more to name, but they happen to all of us, right? LOL! STILL LOL!!!! At least it was easier to clean up than the "Pesto Messto Disaster!!!"
Recipe Reviews 46 reviews
Broccoli Garlic Angel Hair Pasta
Talk about a Chef John moment!!! I served this with his wonderful Roast Beef Tenderloin (the video is fantastic for technique!!!), and my kids (including SIL who doesn't believe ANYONE can cook as good as he can!), have been raving about for weeks now!! I've also served it with chicken, cooked on grill using no "BBQ sauce", but marinated in "Good Season's Italian dressing" (from the packet). Wonderful combination of meats & side dish(s), & worth the little "extra" time, since it's both carb. & vegetable!!! Blessings

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Reviewed On: Jul. 12, 2015
Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Basil
I gotta say, as an "old" Italian cook, this was fabulous!!! I made this last week, & can't wait to do again! I used fresh Italian Garlic (the garden over-floweth!!!), & more garlic (I know my tastes!), & this was Heaven-on-Earth! I suspect, having read "too much tomato" that you've got to be a tomato or Italian lover like me to appreciate the simple taste of tomatos!!! I can't WAIT until my tomato plants are over-flowing! They're starting to get big enough, but not red enough! Blessings!!!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 10, 2015
Bruschetta Salad
I really enjoyed this which I made exact to the recipe, as always. However, while I was eating it, I knew it could be MUCH better with just one or two slight changes. First of all, with so few ingredients, those ingredients need to be best quality, and/or fresh! I'm making it again tonight, and I'm using home-grown Roma tomatoes & fresh Basil. Did you know that the more you cut from your basil plant the better it grows!!! Two, nix the Red-wine vinegar, & use Basalmic vinegar (the best grade you can find, 5 medallions or better. AND, use that bottle ONLY for this type of fresh presentation!). The last change I will make is a personal choice only, & that's because I really disliked the bagel chips. So, I'm making bread cubes using Chef John's method (see Chef John's Panzanella Salad for the technique to make bread cubes that don't get soggy!). So that's it, for me. Thanks Steph, for sharing a great salad, and Blessings!!!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 10, 2015
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