AlishaL. Profile - (16155928)


Home Town: Yuma, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Fluffy Pancakes
Hawaiian Soy Sauce Chicken
1 of my pancake testers.
About this Cook
I'm 29 years old. I have 3 girls and a husband that just turned vegetarian. Both my husband's parents and my parents are terrible cooks..So my world revolved around ramen, wheat bologne sandwiches and no sugar added kool-aid (my brother has diabetes),microwave wienies(eww), mysterious goulash and fast food growing up. So needless to say, I started off as a terrible cook.. just last year everything has started to click with food for me and I'm starting to have a passion for it. One of my goals in life is to be a good cook.. I'm trying to break the cycle of terrible cooks and hopefully my girls will be wonderful chefs =)
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything that is fried but at the same time I am semi health conscious(if that makes sense) so I try to make foods that makes a balanced meal and is VERY budget friendly. I love to bake and try and make healthier versions of snacks and food. I also love to make Tacos and brownies!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma grew up very poor in Mexico.. Her mom died when she was a baby and her dad worked the fields in America. She never went to school but cooked and made tortillas in exchange for food at the age of 5.. She only knows how to make a few items but they are SO delicious.. So whenever she visited me or there was a celebration my Grandma always made homemade tortillas,a fresh pot of beans and spanish rice. Also, she made breakfast everyday she stayed with me which consisted of chilaquiles, papas(fried potatoes) and scrambled eggs with fried wienies.. oh also her tortillas. That was (and still is) my favorite meal of the day! Thank you Grandma!
My cooking triumphs
My brother and I were left home alone alot and we would have to make whatever was around the house(which wasn't much). So one sunny day my brother and I was craving some chilaquiles. I've seen my Grandma make it so many times that I said I can make it. He bet me I couldn't make it.. guess what.. I made it AND it tasted delicious (to my surprise)!! So from that day forward if me or him wanted a gourmet meal or a break from ramen.. I would break out the Chilaquiles recipe..
My cooking tragedies
I've had so many but my very first tragedy was when I was 9 years old and my mom told me to make spaghetti because she was to tired to cook. I made the pasta cooked the meat and all that was left was a jar of spaghetti sauce. I asked my mom what to do with the sauce.. she said dump the sauce in with the meat and fill the jar with some water and dump it in also.. I did what she said and filled up the whole jar with water and dumped it in.. The spaghetti turned out like soup and was ruined.. Come to find out I was only suppose to add a tablespoon of water not a whole jar of water!! My family was so mad at me cause we still had to eat it.. I haven't made that mistake again.. I ruined spaghetti and that was the day I stopped liking spaghetti..
Recipe Reviews 46 reviews
Hunts(R) Arroz con Pollo y Frijoles Negros
FANTASTICO!! This is by far the simplest and most flavorful arroz con pollo.. I have tasted so far! This has the southwest flair!! I'm so impressed with this!! It's not greasy at all, the chicken was moist and the seasoning was very subtle on the chicken.. But when combined with the rice and beans (which had the bolder flavor) balanced each other out perfectly. The only additions I made was I added 1tsp of adobo seasoning To the chicken (next time I'll probably add 2tsp+), I also added 2 minced garlic to the onion and rice mixture and used Goya black beans ( I just drained them..didn't rinse).. Other than that I sticked to the recipe..If you have any leftovers it's great reheated the next day.. The only other suggestions I would make is cook the chicken on medium heat...brown your rice on medium heat and stir constantly or else your rice WILL burn (so have your sauce and water already prepped to pour in) it also took me 12 min.. to brown my rice. Lower your heat very low when your simmering everything so your liquid doesn't evaporate so quick that your rice doesn't have a chance to become soft.. (it took me 30 min. For my rice to soften and then After that I turned the heat off and let it sit for a few min. With the lid on.. Just to make sure.. Cause I hate crunchy rice.) Everyone who loves Mexican food MUST try :-)

14 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2012
Delicious Healthy Strawberry Shake
I had only fresh strawberries on hand so I cut up 2 cups worth, used 1 very ripe banana, 1 cup of 2% milk, 5 ice cubes, 2 Tbs. of sugar (instead of honey) and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.. It turned out delicious!! It wasn't thick and wasn't too runny.. It hit the spot!! You won't even know that there's no ice cream in it!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 15, 2012
Gravy Potatoes
This was a decent little meat and potato recipe.. It's definitely budget friendly and who doesn't like meat and potatoes?! The only thing I did different was I added 3 minced garlic with the onions ( I love garlic) and I added mozzarella cheese instead of cheddar cheese (cause that's all I had on hand).. I think I will use cheddar next time.. I also noticed the potatoes tasted better if you let them sit for a few min. when they come out of the oven before serving them. I also made a side salad to go along with the potatoes.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 15, 2012
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