SHADOWMERV Profile - (1638677)

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Home Town: Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Sussex, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Mexican, Nouvelle, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I am a married mom of two. Jack was born in 2003 and Kaya in 2006. I've always loved to cook but with two young kids who always beg for my attention (although I'm happy to give it), I'm always looking for quick meal ideas that will satisfy everyone - not an easy task. I prefer healthy, natural, and/or organic foods but love to splurge once in a while on fattening comfort foods.
My favorite things to cook
Flank steak on the grill, my meatloaf, salads, and the list goes on.
My favorite family cooking traditions
slow cooked Prime Rib and homemade Red Velvet Cake (the original recipe) for Christmas is our all-time favorite.
My cooking tragedies
When I was much younger, I made a chocolate-mint cake from scratch for a large family gathering. I had used spearmint extract instead of mint extract thinking it wouldn't matter much. Big mistake. It was terrible. Not to mention I had refrigered the cake layer so they were dry.
Recipe Reviews 105 reviews
Aegean Chicken Salad
I absolutely love hummus but did not care for it in this recipe. I feel it would have been much better without it. I suggest before mixing in the hummus, try a bite with and without to see which way you like it best.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 6, 2011
Root Beer Pork Chops
The glaze turned out good but I agree with another who said it didn't glaze the chop well. The chop was bland with just a hint of root beer flavor. Had I known I would have saved some, if not most, of the glaze for dipping the end product, kind of like an au jus. Or thicken it and use as a sauce. Preparing it as written was a big waste of time.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 12, 2011
Chicken Creole with Chile Cream Sauce
This was good but not "wow" and I give this recipe 3.5 start. It was quick and easy though so that's a definite plus for busy nights! The dish was more bland than I thought it would be and if I made it again, I would add extra seasoning, sea salt, and at least, another teaspoon of lime juice. The one tsp. of lime juice was barely evident. I think chipotle peppers (pureed or finely chopped) would make a good subtsitute for the green chilies, especially if you like it spicy.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 25, 2010

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