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Living In: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2001
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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seared tuna on wilted spinach
Baked Tilapia
About this Cook
Very happily "partnered" for 16 years. Four wonderful kidlets (all grown now mostly). My twins are my babies and now they are college sophmores! Love to travel and love France and all things French. Spend a great deal of time in France and South Beach and other parts of the world and try new cuisines wherever I go!
My favorite things to cook
tartes, slow cooker soups and roasts, lamb chops, pasta dishes, roast poultry, anything new
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom didn't like to cook and so we always had the "basics" but they still are comfort foods to me! Baked Beans, Spanish Rice, Tuna Casserole and so on.
My cooking triumphs
I make a mean rack of lamb! My fall soups are always a hit when entertaining. I pride myself on highly detailed dinner parties.
My cooking tragedies
Having my oven break while roasting lamb for a dinner party...the guests already being there...and having to try and cook everything in the small second oven. YIKES!
Recipe Reviews 159 reviews
Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Shallots
Excellent recipe. I used bone in chicken breasts. I removed the skin and brined them for an hour prior to cooking. They are definitely more juicy. Make sure your chicken is at room temperature prior to cooking it. This will help keep it from becoming dry or tough. Tripled the garlic (we like garlic!) and sprinkled with chopped fresh parsley prior to serving. Definitely a company worthy dish!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 8, 2014
Italian Bread Using a Bread Machine
Great recipe. I switched out 1 1/2 cups of bread flour with white whole wheat bread flour and added 1 tbs Italian Spices and 2 tsp garlic powder. Made it more of a country loaf, very tasty, and boy did it smell great cooking!. Family loved it! I also let the bread rise on my bread pan. The second time I mace it I froze one loaf before rising for the future.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 2, 2014
Mocha Pots De Creme
I do a lot of French cooking and have been looking for a good Pots de Creme recipe. This one is GREAT! Instead of making espresso, I made a very strong cup of instant coffee which worked fine. I followed the advice above and strained the mixture directly over the chocolate and then immediately whisked. HINT Use a mixing bowl with a pouring spout! Result was very smooth and set perfectly. I used expresso cups & saucers for my presentation. BIG HIT! Such a great make ahead dessert. Thanks for a keeper!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2014
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