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ReeRee's Kitchen

ReeRee's Kitchen
Home Town: Hotlanta, Georgia, USA
Living In: Sunshine State, Florida, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Kids
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Mini Mummy Pizzas!
Spooky Spider Eggs
Halloween Brain Dip 2014
About this Cook
I am an engineer, working full-time, who loves to cook new and interesting things. My husband and I were blessed with two wonderful children that are 4 years apart in age, but their birthday is only two days apart! I always joke that if nothing else, at least we are consistent :-) Cooking is a creative outlet for me, and the wonderful recipes on this website have provided ample opportunity for me to be a mad chef in the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE cooking interesting things that help the family enjoy the pending holidays, especially cute things for Halloween. I prefer to modify recipes based on feedback from people who take the time to provide a review, as it generally improves the overall outcome. I try to modify most recipes to reduce the fat and sugar content wherever possible, and it is a bonus when I find a recipe that allows me to successfully sneak veggies into my kids' diet!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents grew up in New England, so we always had a very formal Thanksgiving dinner...two types of dressing (one with oysters) and always rutabagas. My husband and kids hate the flavor of rutabagas, but I make them anyhow because I love wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the aroma of rutabagas blending with the scent of roast turkey...YUM!!!
My cooking triumphs
I was so proud of the first ice cream cake I made for my son's birthday...a beautiful cake I cooked in a cupcake mold, filled with coffee almond ice cream & drizzled with chocolate was spectacular looking & tasted even better!
My cooking tragedies
I do not have enough space here to summarize all the tragically failed attempts I've had when trying to make beef stew. I've made much more complicated things many times & had wonderful results; however, I have literally had to throw out multiple pots and spoons with some of the beef stew disasters I have created ( on the plus side, the stench & smoke helped to peel wallpaper I was having difficulty removing...hahaha!!!). I am cursed when it comes to that dish, but the suggestion of me making it for dinner is a guaranteed way to get my husband to offer to take the family out to eat....LOL!!!
Recipe Reviews 114 reviews
Mongolian Beef from the Slow Cooker
This recipe was not bad, but it needs to have the sugar content cut back. I subbed half of 3/4 cup Splenda brown sugar mix for 3/4 cup regular brown sugar, but it was very sweet (and I like sweet in my marinades). Next time I will try 1/3 cup regular brown sugar (or half of a 1/3 cup if using Splenda brown sugar blend). Other than that, it is a GREAT weeknight meal when served with Jasmine rice (w/ a little sesame oil and salt added when cooking) and roasted broccoli florets (mixed w/ a little sesame oil and salt and then roasted at 400 for roughly 10 minutes).

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Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2015
Chef John's Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Nice enough flavor, but I would not want to make a meal out of this because it seems a little rich. Served with Thai-Style Peanut Sauce from this site, shredded carrots, diced green onions and Butter Lettuce. Husband said he liked it, which is basically a miracle, so it is worth giving a try, even though it seems overly complicated for a wrap (see long list of ingredients and three steps in the cooking process).

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Reviewed On: Jun. 19, 2015
Beef Barley Vegetable Soup
This was quick and good. I subbed a bag of peas and carrots for the chopped carrots, used a drained can of petite diced tomatoes instead of stewed tomatoes, left out the sugar and pepper and doubled the broth. Very filling soup that is good for calorie counters (like me...haha).

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Reviewed On: Jun. 13, 2015
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