Momof2andPup Profile - (18148580)

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Home Town: New Jersey, USA
Living In: New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Mexican, Italian
Hobbies: Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I love any kind of Mexican food and I find myself cooking things with an Italian flavor a lot of the time, also. I'm pretty adventurous as far as trying new recipes goes....of course, convincing my 2 kids to try new things has sometimes been a struggle but they've been getting better.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite cooking tradition is Christmas Eve....we turn off all the lights in the house except for the Christmas lights and eat a seafood dinner by candlelight, before driving around to see all the neighbors' holiday displays. It's a quiet, relaxing time for us to be together. When the kids were really small, dinner was fish sticks but thankfully, their tastes have matured over the years....last year we made seafood stuffed shells with vodka sauce.
My cooking triumphs
My coworkers are always asking me to make my famous deviled eggs for company lunches...and my brother has been known to drive 3 states, just so I'll make some for him!
My cooking tragedies
When I first started cooking, I was trying to make dried beef gravy the way my mom made it. She told me to mix cornstarch with milk to thicken the gravy. I didn't know you had to add that to the hot milk in the pan before it would thicken, so I kept adding more cornstarch to the cold milk. By the time I added it to the pan, it turned into concrete! LOL
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Beer and Brown Sugar Steak Marinade
This was amazing! I used Killian's Irish Red beer and doubled the marinade ingredients. We used the leftover boiled marinade as a dipping sauce for the meat. Steak has always been one of those meals I would go out for, since I couldn't make a decent one at home, but not anymore. This rivaled any "steakhouse" steak. Thanks so much for the recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 30, 2008
Baked Zucchini Chips
These were really good. My hubby even liked them and he's not that fond of zucchini. I think I should have left them in the oven just a little longer, I baked them for 6 mins. per side and sprayed with cooking spray before baking and after flipping. Will definitely make again.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 5, 2008
The Best Chicken Salad Ever
This was SO GOOD!! Even my picky kids loved it. I used the breasts from a store-bought rotisserie chicken, mayo instead of miracle whip (ugh) and carrot instead of the celery since hubby doesn't eat celery. I've been searching for a good chicken salad recipe for years...I found it!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 5, 2008

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