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janie vw

janie vw
Home Town: Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England, U.K.
Living In: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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May 27, 2010 10:51 am 
I seem to spend half of my life on the fence. I'm a committed person when I need to be, I just seem to be comfortable in 'middle ground' and see no need to rush one way or another. When I'm ready, I'll make a move.   I've been trying for a while now to eat more vegetable based meals. That… MORE
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About this Cook
In West Philidelphia born and raised, on the playground thats where I spent most of my days...actually thats the Fresh Prince of Bell Air but you gotta start somewhere. I was born and raised in England - the product of an American dad and and English mom and the fourth of five children. My mom makes everything from scratch and her recipes all consist of "use a litte bit of this and some of that and then just kind of throw some of this in." Since I can't find measuring cups with those labels I am hoping to learn how to cook from recipes here and my mom's genious will start to make sense.
My favorite things to cook
I try to go for edible food but it's hit and miss. I LOVE my crock pot and lately my pizza stone. I guess those are things I cook with not actual food items. I like anything with cheese, and am always excited to find cheese and bacon in the same dish.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom would spend days in the kitchen baking. The whole house would smell of baking goodness. There is just something about the taste of WARM bread and coookies. My mother was seriously a genious. I don't know how she fed 5 children without a microwave, and pre-made frozen meals. I appreciate every day what a talent she has and how much it means to sit down and eat as family - something we did every night without fail.
My cooking triumphs
My single proudest moment was when my parents came to visit a few months ago, we sat down to eat and somehow the universe was kind and I created a near perfect meal. And my mom said 'Jane, you've become quite the cook'. Sweet.
My cooking tragedies
Oh so many. I don't want to seem like I favor one tragedy over another and I only have 1000 characters max. so I'll just sum up by asking for a moment of silence for all the meals that now (bless their ingredients) rest in pieces.
Recipe Reviews 59 reviews
Quinoa with Peas
I make this almost every week and I love it. This is what I do...I rinse the quinoa (some kinds you don't need to but the kind I buy you do), I add a teaspoon of coriander and cumin, and I add two cups of peas but not till the last 5 minutes of cook time so that they still have a little crunch. This is an awesome toddler food - my 1 year old loves this. Also - don't substitute the cheese. I've used parmesan just because I had it on hand and the pecorino is a much better flavor. I think I add more than a half a cup (ok, I know do but I tell myself it's there abouts). Wonderful recipe and it keeps in the fridge really well.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 2, 2013
Mushroom Sauce
I have never given a bad review since I usually figure it's just a difference in taste buds rather than a bad recipe...having said that, this was gross. The only change I made was to add garlic to my saute. I like all the ingredients in the recipe, and I like the idea of it but it really didn't work. It just tasted like cream of chicken soup with some vege, which makes sense since that is what it is. Oh well, you win some you lose some. Thank you for the idea anyway. Back to the drawing board.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2013
Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
So easy and so good. I added some paprika, and Old Bay to the seasonings and loved it.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 22, 2012
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