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Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Living In: Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA
Member Since: May 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I live in Buffalo Grove and Chicago, IL. I raised 3 children who have grown up and left the nest. So I divide my time between my home in the suburbs and a studio apt. in the city for weekends and days off from work. I work as an Office Manager for a Family Medicine medical office.
My favorite things to cook
Just about anything. Bought a weber gas grill and have come to love grilling. Ethnic cooking is challenging and rewarding if all goes well. Desserts-my coworkers have developed a love/hate relationship with my baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have worked a broccoli au gratin recipe to perfection and it is a family staple for all get-togethers. My entire family loves it. It is a holiday must have. My apple pancake for breakfast and my son's requested meal when home from college - lemon chicken.
My cooking triumphs
Being able to organize and cook good food for large groups of family and friends. It keeps us together and connected. Want to work on more intimate small group menus that are challenging.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at chicken enchiladas. UGH!!! I have since been given a wonderful recipe from my husband's co-worker that is a keeper.
Recipe Reviews 28 reviews
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
This is amazing! I opted for a pork shoulder roast as it is a good choice for bbq. I used a 5# roast rubbed with salt, pepper and garlic powder and 2 cups of root beer, cooked on low for 5 hours then on high for about 90 minutes. I shredded the pork and returned it to the slow cooker with about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid and enough bbq sauce to moisten the meat. Then kept warm on low for about 30 minutes until dinner. This is a wonderful option for winter pulled pork when you just don't want to brave the elements to use the grill. Thanks to Livie's Mammy for sharing.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2011
Becca's Taco Soup
This was so easy and quick to prepare! It was a huge hit. I added more meat (1/2 lb), swapped tomatoes with chilis for tomato sauce and added a strong cup of beef broth. I served this with grated quesadilla cheese, sour cream and fried tortilla strips. And of course, a margarita!!!! Thank you Becca

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 13, 2010
Panna Cotta
This was wonderful. As good as the ones I had in London and Paris. Easy to prepare and quite a showpiece dessert when you add a little chocolate and raspberry sauce swirled on a plate. Made it for Mother's Day and it was the hit of the day....

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 11, 2009

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