SAVVYHOSTESS Profile - (18301902)

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Home Town: Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Falcon Heights, Minnesota, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I have been cooking since I was 10 years old...learned from my mother, a great cook in her own right. One of my first toys was the Easy Bake Miniwave Oven. I've had 4 years of professional cooking classes from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. My degree is in Hospitality and Tourism Management. I am a Corporate Meeting and Event Planner for a company in the Twin Cities Metro Area. I love my job!!!
My favorite things to cook
Being a busy working gal, I find that pasta dishes are the most "working woman friendly." I also enjoy making soups and appetizers. My appetizer file is the thickest file in my cupboard, because I entertain often, and always like to try new things. My favorites are dips and spread or cold.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a long line of great cooks. I mentioned my mother was incredible, but so was my maternal grandmother and my paternal grandfather. Both hailed from North Dakota. So, the food they prepared was simple hearty food, prepared with care and love. There was no such thing as "low fat" or "light" in my grandparents kitchens, God bless 'em! That's why it tasted SO GOOD!
My cooking triumphs
BBQ ribs on the grill that were to DIE for...fall-off-the-bone tender. I also made "pizza rustica" on my grill that tasted like authentic neopolitan pizza. But, I'd have to say that whenever I cook for friends or family, and they ask me for the recipe, that I consider that to be a "cooking triumph." It's the biggest compliment someone can pay you!
My cooking tragedies
Ugh, I've made some clunkers in my time. The most recent was turkey jerky. I made it in my was horrendous! Instead of drying out, it "candied." I think I used too much sugar in the marinade.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Cindy's Awesome Clam Chowder
This was AWESOME. I am throwing away my old recipe (sorry Grandma) and using this, going forward. It was so quick and easy...loved that I didnt have to make a roux, yet it still thickened really nicely. Like other people, I added celery, onion and thyme. I also had some frozen shrimp in my freezer, so I tossed those in as well. The only thing I would not add is additional salt. The soup mix was salty enough. The salt I added (maybe 1 1/2 tsp) pushed it to borderline "too salty"...but still totally edible! Thanks for posting such a keeper, Cindy!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 1, 2011
Chicken Artichoke Dip
We really liked this! Instead of the canned chicken, I used two grilled chicken breasts that I had leftover from a previous dinner. I also added 3 green onions and a large clove of garlic. I agree that the Havarti is key. It brings a different flavor and texture that Mozzarella just cant provide. I will be making this again! Thanks for a great recipe!

14 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 28, 2006
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