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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 122 reviews
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.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 20, 2014
Chef John's Stuffed Peppers
These are so good, a teenager who has been giving me the silent treatment for weeks actually broke the silence to thank me. I followed the recipe exactly. The only thing I may do differently next time is use a bigger dish and double the sauce...the sauce is divine. Wow. Thanks Chef John, for another winner :)

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Reviewed On: May 18, 2014
Fast and Easy Creamed Spinach
This is excellent! I needed creamed spinach for a recipe I was making, which calls for frozen creamed spinach. I decided to make this fresh instead. The only thing I changed (due to the fact that I am snowed in and was not trying to go to the store) was I used one bag of fresh spinach and a box of frozen (thawed and drained). It was superb! I had to force myself to stop eating it before I didn't have any left for my main course. I will definitely make this again, both for this particular meal and also as a side for steak or roasted chicken. YUM!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 26, 2014

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