armygirl207 Profile - (16750823)

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Home Town: Bend, Oregon, USA
Living In: Fort Eustis, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I am a military wife, mother of 2 preteen girls, & a full time student so my days are pretty hectic.
My favorite things to cook
Although I am pretty picky I love to try new things, especially healthy foods. Any dish that comes out looking, and tasting as good as I thought it would is a fav to me. I <3 cooking with my crock pot, & indoor grill. The only time I fry is when it is something small for a recipe, however I never deep fry. I like knowing that I am cooking healthy & passing it alone to my girls
My favorite family cooking traditions
Italian all the way! Love pasta, and garlic and olives...One thing that I have always prided myself on (an Italian skill I picked up from my family) is I can take a recipe and make it once, then the next time make changes (sometimes small, & sometimes a lot) to make it my own. Most people get mad because I will change a recipe that they have used for years & they like my version better :)
My cooking triumphs
I have to cook for a VERY picky eater, (I am pretty picky myself as well) a lactose intolerant eater, and still stay healthy so I think any triumph is when I find something that everyone enjoys, and its somewhat on the healthy side
My cooking tragedies
I would have to say that there are a few things I am not so good at cooking & gravy is definitely one of them. It took me a while to get my lasagna recipe just right, but I finally did...I would have to say my biggest tragedy lately was homemade soup. I have only tried once, however I got the wrong noodles...I will however try again
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Barbecued Turkey and Cheese Panini
This is a quick easy recipe that my family loved when we tried it last summer. Side of fresh fruit and pretzels made it a great light dinner pool side

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2012
Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
My family and I dont eat much meat and decided to try this recipe without meat first and we loved it. I did do a few small changes; I added a pinch of dried green onions, garlic salt and onion powder to the pan after all the other ingredients. I also added a little bit more salsa then let it all simmer on low for about 8-10 min instead of the 3 suggested. Because we dont fry anything I put the cheese and mixture on only half a tortilla shell then folded it in half and heated up on my George Forman using non stick spray (this cuts out all that need for butter). I served them with multi-grain corn chips, salsa, guacamole, and pico de gallo. Made a great summer dinner. Next time I might try adding the chicken like suggested but dont think it needs it.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 18, 2012
Cuban Midnight Sandwich
Great recipe...however way to much mayonnaise...I stated filling the measuring cup up as I was reading directions. When I realized it was just to make the spread I stopped filling it up. I only used a little over a half cup and I still had plenty to toss. Because I used less mayo I also cut back to 3 tablespoons dressing. I used mayo with olive oil & fat free 15 calorie wishbone Italian dressing...made a great combo. For the mustard just a plain yellow mustard was wonderful... I also used my George Forman to grill them...a hint if you use your George Forman for any sandwich prop the front up (I use 2 small cans to do this) that way it grills it without being at an angle so it doesnt squish the sandwich that much...would also be great with mozzarella cheese. The only reason I rated it a 4 was because of the extra mayo, even though I tossed some I still felt I put to much on each sandwich trying to use it all.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 15, 2012

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