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Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
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Member Since: Nov. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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About this Cook
I am a household administrator to my kids and husband. I enjoy baking and trying new spice combinations in new dishes. I tend to over analyze recipes based on reviews and make changes based on other comments. I love that I can read my own reviews to see what I did to make the recipe work for me.
My favorite things to cook
I like to make spicy foods from around the world. Two of my favorites are Indian curry dishes and different regional Mexican dishes. I like to experiment, but I look up recipes first about 95% of the time. I usually end up using substitutions, especially if I look up recipes by ingredients I want to use that day.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I am in charge of Easter dinner, so its fun to be in charge of a fancy meal once a year. Once a month we have a big family potluck and I like looking up new side dishes to try. I also like making "bag treats" such as giant cookies or caramel and candy dipped pretzel rods for the holidays.
My cooking triumphs
I am usually good at drop cookies, cake mixes and things baked in the oven. I was asked to make a cheesecake for a birthday and suprised myself (and everyone else) with how good it came out.
My cooking tragedies
I can think of at least three blunders off hand. First was a lemon layer cake I tried to make from scratch. It came out awful and I had to use a cake mix instead. The second was cookies I made for my "treat bags". I tried to make some fancy recipe but failed horribly. I used my reliable chocolate chunk cookie recipe as a back up. Third was a breakfast casserole. The first time I made it, it was wonderful. I tried the same recipe about a month later and it was so soggy. I ended up making scrambled eggs and toast. Lessons I have learned- if you are cooking for other people or special occasions, ALWAYS have a back up plan.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
My Kid's Favorite Pork Chops
First off, this recipe greatly depends on your choice of BBQ sauce. I used Montreal steak seasoning ( just sprinkled generously on each side) , bottle of bud light and sweet baby rays honey chipotle. If you are unsure, mix some beer and BBQ first and see if you want to add your pork chops to that sauce. If not, at least you already have some browned pork chops ready and some opened beer:) my combo worked nicely!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 14, 2014
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
This is very good and can easily be made in slow cooker or stovetop. By the time you make the sauce, you only need to wait for the chicken to cook. I have made this more than once and this time, I needed to sub some things because I didn't have everything and still came out very good. It's 4 stars just because I needed to add extra amount of spices than what was in the recipe. This probably depends on brand of spices so keep that in mind. I changed sour cream for yoghurt since that all I had. I used extra curry powder( store bought) since I didn't have paste. I added 1/4 tsp chili powder as another reviewer suggested and also added extra of garam masala. (Only because accidentally mixed up amounts of tandoori masala so I got 2 tsp of each but ended up really well) both masala spices I mixed myself. Also make sure to " cook" the spices with onions before adding tomato paste to release the spice flavor. I also skipped cardamom because I didn't have any. Still yummy.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 30, 2014
Pork Steaks
First time seeing pork butt steaks at grocery. Picked these up and found this recipe in the search. Followed exact recipe, it was quick and came out really good. Kids actually loved it. Made with steamed rice and broccoli.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2014
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