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Home Town: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Living In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian
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Oct. 25, 2012 2:56 am 
Updated: Mar. 17, 2013 5:47 am
As my supporting membership is winding down, and things are about to become very busy, I thought I would write one last blog to share with you in case I am unable to get to it before it is too late. I have loved coming to AR since I stumbled upon it, oh, seven years ago or so.  I was a very… MORE
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About this Cook
I live with my boyfriend and my daughter in our cozy little house that we all love(except my daughter, who is 13 and likes nothing). We have three dogs, a cat and two turtles. Up until recently we also had a pet mouse (the daughter's), and I have since learned the perils of joking around about a pet's demise.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook things that produce the biggest smiles. So, for the BF, that would be corned beef and cabbage. For DD it would be pierogies. For a dear family friend, it would be my marinara, for I have never received such raves...ever!
My favorite family cooking traditions
There are many. Two favorites I have loved since my earliest memories: on Thanksgiving, orange jello salad; on Christmas, red jello salad. They bring such memories! Sometimes simplicity is the key to happiness.
My cooking triumphs
I am a huge (HUGE) football fan. Let's just say I have the NFL Network and I use it often! Anyways, I went to a Steelers game a couple years back (tailgaiting begins no later than 9:00 a.m.). Oh what a day! But I STILL made dinner that night. Nobody can remember what the heck it was, but we all loved it! (I am still searching my cookbooks for it).
My cooking tragedies
See the above triumph. Same type of day (football), except I got "confused" and instead of checking my watch for the date and smelling the milk, I smelled my watch and looked at the milk!!! Bad milk, bad next day. Lol! I don't go to football games anymore...
Recipe Reviews 135 reviews
Christmas Breakfast Sausage Casserole
Good Grief, is this ever delicious! I made it mostly for my BF because he is a bigger breakfast eater than I, but I think I loved it even more than he did. I did make some minor changes, mostly because when I went to make it I realized some of my ingredients had "vanished" (men are really good for that- raiding the fridge and not caring if items were meant for a recipe!). I was almost out of milk, so I used one cup milk and one cup heavy cream. I didn't have quite the full amount of cheddar, so I ripped up a few slices of American cheese to make up for it. Following some of the reviews, I upped the eggs to 6 and I also replaced the bread with garlic and cheese croutons. Finally, I opted for Jimmy Dean's spicy sausage, because we like a little kick. This is really fabulous- easily one of my favorite recipes on this site. It also reheats beautifully, and I am sure it freezes well too, if it actually lasts long enough to get there! Thanks so much for this awesome recipe! I will be making it often :)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 13, 2015
Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili
I really love this recipe! The first time I made it, I made it as written and it was really quite enjoyable- but I could see some adjustments I could make to suit my family and make it really shine at our Christmas Eve dinner. So what I did the second time around was the following: I used one pound of hamburger and one pound of Jimmy Dean spicy sausage; I used a whole large onion, and also several cloves of fresh minced garlic instead of the garlic salt; I replaced about half of the tomato sauce with Spicy V8 Juice; and I added a can of Rotel. I cooked the chili the night before on the stove top, then let it meld overnight in the fridge and the next day I tossed it in the crock pot to simmer for a good part of the day before serving. Finally, after tasting it, I opted to add a couple dashes of hot sauce, as we like our chili rather spicy. My family REALLY loved this! One of my favorite things about any chili recipe is how adaptable they are to personal tastes, and I am sure I will continue to play around with this one some more throughout the winter. Thanks for a great recipe Deb! It really is a winner, even without any changes :)

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 8, 2015
Martha's Vegetable Beef Soup
I have debated whether to rate this 3 or 4 stars, and finally settled on 3 because as written it is rather bland. I added chopped onion and garlic to the beef as it browned, I used beef broth in place of the water, and I added crushed red pepper flakes. This helped, and it was a hearty and decent soup, but I feel it needs even more than these changes to make it great. Some red wine, maybe a potato or some pasta, and some additional spices would amp it up. I do think it is a great base recipe and it is easily adaptable- it just needs the addition of some pantry staples to make it worthwhile.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 20, 2014

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