AREENA Profile - (1664062)

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Home Town: Seattle, Washington, USA
Living In: Belmont, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Walking, Charity Work
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Recipe Reviews 84 reviews
Iowa Enchiladas
I never rate a recipe without trying it first, but I'm making an exception because one of my friends makes a casserole exactly like this and it's delicious. In fact, I found this recipe while searching by ingredients because I lost the recipe my friend gave me. It's not gourmet by any stretch, and I usually avoid processed foods like canned soup, but this is good, easy comfort food for a crowd. Just don't expect it to taste like Mexican enchiladas; different thing altogether. The only thing my friend does differently is mixing in some of the sauce with the ground beef filling & adding a little cheese on the inside as well. I add jalepenos, but that's my thing. I think you'll like it if you try it.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 30, 2013
Sri Lanka Beef Curry
I feel a little funny reviewing when I didn't follow the recipe exactly because I hate it when people leave glowing reviews but didn't actually make the recipe. That said, I was just making due with what I had on hand; thought I'd share so others won't be afraid to try. I didn't have pandan and I forgot the vinegar and I used ground cinnamon and cloves and used my own family's garam masala mix and finished with chopped cilantro. Also omitted the coconut milk just to reduce the calories. I made this in my pressure cooker, which worked out well for a weeknight meal, and served with brown rice. I'm Indian, but beef curry is new territory since my extended family is Hindu. This was great!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 16, 2013
Salmon Cheese Ball
This wasn't as good as I was hoping, but I think the result was my fault, not the recipe's. I mixed everything in the food processor (doubled the recipe and used 12 oz canned pink salmon + 3 oz smoked salmon). I think the texture was just too smooth, and I couldn't get it to roll into a ball. After a day, I added some whole capers, minced red onion and parsley, which improved it greatly. I'll give this another try and play with it a little. Definitely worth revisiting.

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Reviewed On: May 21, 2013

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