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Susan Dyer

Susan Dyer
Home Town: Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Living In: West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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Jun. 28, 2012 4:50 pm 
Updated: Jul. 4, 2012 8:56 pm
I'd like to ask the AR community about what kind of food I should make/bring for a protest. It is a peaceful demonstration, held at Purdue University in Indiana, to protest the appointment of Indiana governor Mitch Daniels as the new president of the university, which is my alma mater.  (I… MORE
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David & me
About this Cook
I am happily married and living in West Lafayette, IN with our cat. I love to cook for my husband and the rest of our family. I am still looking for the career that is right for me, but I may go back to school in the next couple of years. I graduated with an English degree from Purdue University. I started cooking originally out of necessity, and it became a stress-relief hobby. :)
My favorite things to cook
Rib roast, my special green beans, anything Mexican (especially steak fajitas and chicken enchiladas), egg souffle, baked salmon, my roasted potatoes, anything I haven't cooked before. Also anything that can guarantee leftovers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Like any Hoosier family -- corn on the cob! I make a breakfast casserole every year for Christmas morning, and I've hosted Thanksgiving several times (and I love it, even though I'm sore the next day).
My cooking triumphs
Impressing my brother, who is an awesome cook, with my lasagna; getting my cousin to eat vegetables for the first time ever, as mine are apparently more palatable somehow; seeing my in-laws go back for seconds the first time I cooked for them; hearing nothing but grunts and muffled chewing from my husband while he eats dinner at home.
My cooking tragedies
The handful of times that I have grossly over-seasoned the food. Also, once I left Italian peas on the stove too long (I was trying to shove a friend out the door so we could eat) and the peas turned to mush. One year, I hosted Thanksgiving, and everything was AMAZING. Then later that weekend, I managed to screw up Zatarain's jambalaya.
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Amy's Cilantro Cream Sauce
I really love this sauce; it's tasty and very easy to make. DH's only complaint was that it's a bit heavy, so it isn't really something to serve as an appetizer. But it's perfect for a party or something where you just have dips and finger food, *or* as the main sauce in an entree. I serve it with Southwestern Egg Rolls (and again, those are supposed to be an appetizer, but they're kind of heavy, so I use them as an entree with this sauce).

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 21, 2013
World's Best Lasagna
Made this for Mother's Day one year, and everyone said it was the best lasagna they'd ever had. The only change I made was soaking the noodles in hot water for 30 minutes instead of boiling them.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 29, 2012
Southwestern Egg Rolls
These were amazing! I also baked these (at 450° for 10 minutes, per another reviewer) instead of fried them to keep it a bit healthier, but I imagine they're great fried, too -- I'd love to try them with a crunchy tortilla. Anyway, I served these (again, with Amy's Cilantro Cream Sauce... a wonderful recipe, and they went great together... though I'd eat that sauce with anything) as appetizers for a dinner party, and they were gone almost immediately! They are a bit filling, so I would actually caution anyone else to serve them as an appetizer. Next time I make them, it will be for dinner. ;) One comment on the name of the dish -- they seem more like spring rolls than egg rolls.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 21, 2011
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