malbanese Profile - (16494668)


Living In: Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I was a cook in the Navy, (a long time ago). I much prefer cooking for my family than 2,000 sailors. :) I have Hashimoto's thyroid disease and Celiac. Eating healthy is a big priority for me. I recently made the switch to a vegan diet after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives and reading several books about it. My family is not interested in being vegan, so it is challenging to come up with meals to satisfy everyone. I believe it is a personal choice and know they have to make the decision for themselves.
My favorite things to cook
I love making soups and salads. I also love to bake and come up with gluten-free recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pumpkin pie is a favorite at Thanksgiving and Christmas. My husband loves pecan pie, so being from the south, I have to oblige him. Summer is fresh salsa, and of course, canning tomatoes from our garden. In our house everyone wants chocolate cake with peanut butter icing for their birthday.
My cooking triumphs
Turning traditional wheat recipes into delicious grain-free alternatives.
My cooking tragedies
I once marinated chicken breasts in fresh pineapple juice too long and they turned to mush! Unfortunately it was when we had company over!
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Creamy Italian Dressing II
I thought this dressing was great, but I did modify it some. I'm not a mayo person so I used sour cream. Instead of sugar I used a little of my raw honey because I keep bees and it is so good! I thought 1 clove of garlic (pressed) was perfect. I was out of oregano so I used a rounded tsp of Italian Seasoning Blend and I highly recommend it. In addition, I added a little Celtic sea salt and ground pepper. Can't wait to have a salad with dinner tonight!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 15, 2011
Spinach and Orzo Salad
This was super delicious! I made it last weekend for a bbq and it was a big hit! Thanks Christine R. for the recipe. I've been doing a similar salad with the mini-bow tie pasta by Barilla, but I loved the orzo too.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 10, 2011
Unbelievable Chicken
Wow! This is unbelievable. I marinated 2 breasts and 4 thighs in this marinade today and my husband grilled them for dinner. Stupendous! I did reduce the brown sugar to 1/3 cup and the salt to 1 tsp. I also made another batch with even less sugar and salt to use as a salad dressing! Yummy!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 2, 2011
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