Leslie Profile - Allrecipes.com (18404032)

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Home Town: Milford, Illinois, USA
Living In: Port Monmouth, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm 43 and began cooking through the 4-H program when I was 8 years old. "You Learn to Bake" was the first project I ever took and I learned to make coffee cake. I was hooked. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and cooking for them. I feel that my time in the kitchen is relaxing and creative.
My favorite things to cook
A few requested recipes are Chicken Enchiladas Suiza, Tom Ka Guy, Red Curry Chicken, and all types of soup and stews. My husband recently bought a new cookbook for me and we have been experimenting.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was growing up my mother made cut out cookies for Christmas that we iced together. I have continued this tradition with my own (and step)children, who all love rolling out the dough, stealing swipes of the uncooked dough while I'm not looking, and frosting the cookies together. I also enjoyed spending time with my grandmother and sharing recipes. When she passed away the only things that I really wanted were her cookbooks. I have 2 that she used so much the covers are missing, wrote notes in, and contributed to for the Ladies Aid at her church.
My cooking triumphs
I enjoy cooking for my family and friends, almost everything I attempt gets good reviews. Everyone might like it, but I always want it to be outstanding. I'm my worst critic!
My cooking tragedies
Chinese Meatballs. About 9 years ago I spent an entire day making these from scratch and they tasted like sawdust! My girlfriend was over for dinner and eats everything I make, but we both threw this away.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
I made this several weeks ago and am making it again! It is very addictive! Because I made so much the first time, I froze it in individual containers to take to work. I used the blender to make it very creamy. I did not put the cilantro in before freezing, just added it when I reheated. I was apprehensive about freezing this, but it was fantastic and still creamy, not grainy.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 5, 2009
Salmon with Brown Sugar and Bourbon Glaze
My family just finished this meal and I have to review it immediately! I followed the advice of many other reviewers and added approximately 1/4 cup of lite soy sauce and 2 small cloves crushed garlic. I added onion powder at the end, but would have used scallions if I had them. It was still sweet, but the sauce is completely gone! I also cooked the salmon on low heat to prevent burning of the sugar, then removed it to hold in the oven while I reduced the sauce over medium heat while stirring continuously. Wonderful, wonderful taste!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 11, 2009
Pork Tenderloin alla Napoli
Fantastic recipe!!! I had to make do with ingredients that were available in my pantry, such as canned Italian tomatos and some left over bruschetta from Costco. (No balsamic vinegar in it.) I added a few Italian spices and baked it in a 9x13 in. glass dish because I had too much sauce. After it finished baking, I added 1/2 and 1/2 to reduce the fat content, cut up carrots for sweetness and used my hand blender to disguise the fact that this had olives in it from my kids. Put the sauce on the sliced pork and over spaghetti. Really wonderful! Thanks for the original recipe.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 15, 2008

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