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Melissa Wilkens-Harris

Melissa Wilkens-Harris
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Member Since: Jan. 2014
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert
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About this Cook
After one too many snowstorms that I had to deal with in the winter of 97 to 98 in Connecticut my husband and I decided to move west to oregon. I have been enjoying what the northwest has to offer but I am a New Englander at heart. I work full time as a pharmacist and in my free time I try to get to the coast as often as I can. I love to walk and hike. I don't cook as often as I like, but I do love lo look at recipes to figure out what to make for supper. There is something to be said for a home cooked meal.
My favorite things to cook
I have to say I am I bit of a hack in the kitchen. I gravitate to easy recipes but I usually know what makes a good recipe based on the ingredients that are listed. I tend to make chicken a lot. Hubby won't do beef or pork. Normally I will do a stir fry with whatever veggies look fresh at the store or farmers market. I also will make some kind of sautéed chicken with wine or sherry and serve it with a salad and rice . Chili with ground turkey or chicken is also one of our favorites to make on a cool night.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes the best lemon bars ever!!! And she makes the best Christmas cookies. I can never resist the peanut blossoms and Russian tea cakes ( aka snowballs). In that regard I guess it's good I live 3000 miles away!
My cooking triumphs
If I don't set off the smoke alarm that's good, right? Seriously there's a recipe I have for BBQ beef that's to die for, but I haven't made it in ages because it's really fattening. It's a real crowd pleaser and tastes better the next day.
My cooking tragedies
Omg. Here's a good one. I was in college at my husband to be's apartment and was cooking hot dogs and canned baked beans and just forgot about them cooking on the stove for at least an hour. It was way over cooked and not edible. We ended up having pizza that night.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Aussie Barbequed Boneless Leg of Lamb
I used the same marinade but used a lamb steak instead. For the BBQ sauce I kept the recipe the same but tweaked it a little by adding about a tablespoon of honey and a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Very tasty. I served with polenta and sauted kale

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Reviewed On: May 3, 2014
Chicken and Peppers with Balsamic Vinegar
I followed the instructions and it came out over cooked and chicken was dry. Next time I will use a smaller pan. It's too bad, I love balsamic vinegar

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Reviewed On: Feb. 10, 2014
Brown Sugar Brownies
very good. The only thing I changed was I used pecans instead of walnuts. I found this recipe because i had last minute company and wasn't able to go to the store. Fortunately I had all the ingredients for this recipe. It was a huge hit and will make this again

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Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2014

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