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Lisa Jo

Lisa Jo
Home Town: Antioch, California, USA
Living In: Grass Valley, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Camping, Boating, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I am a mom of 3 kids (4 if you include my husband!). I teach at the elementary level. My earliest memory of cooking was around 9 years old. I saw a cooking show on PBS and copied the recipe down. I made dinner that night for my family. I am one of those cooks who does not really measure or follow a recipe to the 't.'
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE to bake. I love to eat the baked goodies, too, so I have to limit how much I do. I like to try new recipes for dinner. My family loves Mexican food, so I am always searching for great recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year for Christmas, I try to come up with a new menu. My extended family is always eager to taste my latest feast. My step-dads' family is Italian, so a lot of my standards come from that experience.
My cooking triumphs
Christmas dinner this year was a beef tenderloin roast. Filet mignon, that is! I was terrified that I would ruin this beautiful, expensive piece of meat. I got a recipe from this site that was nirvana! My kids beg me to make it again. I have to tell them that we are not rich people- we cant cook like that all the time!
My cooking tragedies
I was making a wedding cake for a family member. I had a fabulous banana cake recipe with cream cheese frosting (lick the plate good). I mixed it, put it in the oven, and it never fully cooked all the way through. The center fell and was all doughy. Fortunately, I did it a few days in advance so I could make another one (out of a box cake mix). And it was very good.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
How can a grilled cheese sandwich NOT get 5 stars?! I loved to read all of the comments. So I had to add my variation that I did not see anyone suggest. Back in the late 80's, when I was in high school, my friends aunt was doing Weight Watchers. They told her to, instead of using butter on the outside of the bread, apply a thin layer of mayo. It grills up great, adds a little extra flavor, and is less fattening than the butter. It spreads thinner so you hardly use any but still have something to give you a crispy crunch. I also add mustard to the inside. Yum! All 3 of my kids love it this way. Great post!

990 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 21, 2006
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
My kids absolutely loved this! My 10 year old, who does not like another version that I make, gave this 5 stars. My picky 5 year old said he would give it 10 stars! I pretty much followed the recipe with the exception (and only because I didn't have them) of the tomatoes. I added a large can of crushed tomatoes. I also added, at the suggestion of my kids, a large can of whole pinto beans. They loved it. I gave them tortilla chips which they used as a scoop for all of the great stuff in here. For myself, to cut down on the calories and fat, I tore a corn tortilla into pieces and put those into the soup. Yumm!! It tasted so authentic. Thanks for the post!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 15, 2006
Julia's Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies In A Jar
This recipe won first place in our county fair. My son submitted it and it won! We increased the flour by 1/4 cup (to make 2 cups of flour total). We used two eggs (how does one get a half of an egg??)and we used a layer of white chips and swirled choc/white chips. It all fits in the jar if you pack it in well. We will be making these for Christmas gifts this year.

234 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 17, 2005

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