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Home Town: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Rich and Creamy Beef Stroganoff
This was FANTASTIC! I followed the advice from someone else and saved the beef drippings. I then added enough beef stock to bring it up to the 1 1/3 cup mark. I read the reviews about decreasing the red pepper, but followed the recipe and didn't find the dish to be overly spicy. This is a keeper! It ALWAYS takes me way more time to prep than others apparently, but still, it was worth every minute of the time I spent in the kitchen! I did almost forget to purchase the noodles for this dish, so it would be great to see that added to the ingredients list.

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Reviewed On: May 29, 2013
Cowgirl Beef Stroganoff
I really love slow cooker recipes, but I don't think Beef Stroganoff is a dish that is served well by this cooking method. The favor was flat, and, while I appreciated the addition of fresh mushrooms, since the mushrooms didn't cook with other ingredients, the imparted none of the flavor. I didn't care at all for the cream cheese in this dish. The point was, I'm sure, was to re-create the consistency, but it left the exact wrong flavor that you get from a good rue. I have tried a couple other slow-cooker recipes for stroganoff (found here at allrecipes), and would recommend one of them if you absolutely can't afford the time.

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Reviewed On: May 22, 2013
Baked Tofu Bites
I followed the steps exactly, with the exception of adding the liquid smoke. My tofu bites didn't look as dark as the picture, and they weren't as flavorful (I guess the liquid smoke may contribute to color as well as flavor? Will try again after purchasing some liquid smoke. I planned to add them to a salad, served with Frank's Thai Chicken (a slow cooker recipe I found on, but in the end, I added them to the chicken and rice on each plate, and they were good!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 31, 2013
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