JD Profile - Allrecipes.com (18021730)


Home Town: Pinconning, Michigan, USA
Living In: South Lyon, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I was raised in a small town in Northern Michigan and was not exposed to any ethnic foods, pizza was as good as it got and then it was from a box of Chef Boyarde. We were a family of five, I have one sister and had a brother. When dinner was served, which was exactly at 6:00 PM we were call by name from our front porch, as I said, it was a very small town. Vegetables came from a can a 1 can fed all 5 of us so I didn't come from an extravagant background. I moved to Ann Arbor when I was 17 and quickly became familiar with ethnic cuiseane. I moved in with a friend who was 8 years my senior who had tons of experience cooking, especially oriential which is now one of my favorites.
My favorite things to cook
I can cook just about anything, but don't ask me to bake. I recently had a bash over Labor Day weekend and had to make one cake 3 times. Baking is an art and you have to be exact, cooking can be done with a flair for flavor and can be accomplished while drinking wine.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Generally, I do this alone. It's my hobby and one I do well. If I clean house I'm all over the house moving from room to room and accomplishing little. Cooking is where I can focus and do my best with creativity.
My cooking triumphs
I have been cooking for approximately 28 years. I have had many ask that I prepare for their parties. I create the menu they purchase and I prepare. I recently made all of the appetizers for an out door wedding so that pictures could be taken. It was a real compliment that some bride had enough confidence to allow me to prepare for her special day. I also prepared for many a party for my sister who hosted for her husband who had business parties at their home. Now, I cook for my friends and have had 4 parties from June to September where there were approximately 50 in attendance. Every party I attempt to make something new and exciting for all my friends who love good food.
Recipe Reviews 24 reviews
Erin's Indonesian Chicken
This was easy, and good, but it lacked the deep savory flavors of Asian dishes. Although the general population felt otherwise, I felt the peanut butter flavor was the front runner for flavor. I'm more a soy, sesame oil, garlic, sherry and black pepper girl. I did double the recipe and ate two small portions so it's not bad, I guess I expected more from the reviews.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 4, 2014
Maple Salmon
I work late and when I get home there are many adult faces looking for their last meal of the day. This is a true keeper. How many recipes out there have less than 5 ingredients (S&P don't count)that are a true winner. This dish is totally simple, delicious and healthy using organic syrup and low sodium soy sauce. Try it will be your go to fast meal.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 2, 2014
Penne with Spicy Chicken Sausage, Beans, and Greens
like others I had to use what was on hand. Whole Wheat Pasta, Chicken Andouille sausage, garlic, onion, and fresh from the garden tomatoes. Topped with goat cheese. This is truly awesome and we ant to try the arugula which would add the extra kick. I have adult kids (24 & 21) and they loved this. Servered with a whole grain bread to soak up the wonderful sauce!!!!!! Try, it is great!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 27, 2011

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