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Home Town: Big Bend, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm in my early 30s, mom to an amazing 11-year-old girl, and provide in-home therapy to troubled youth. I was introduced to the wonderful world in the kitchen first by my grandmother, then my mother, and finally by the mother of the children for whom I nannied.
My favorite things to cook
I'll try to cook just about anything at least once. My favorite things to cook are natural, non-toxic, and earthwise. I love using herbs, spices, whole grains, fruits and veggies in new and creative ways.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I didn't really cook as a child. My repertoire consisted of frozen pizzas and mac 'n' cheese. As a college student, take-out reigned supreme... then, as a mother, I realized how unhealthy all those choices were... of course my slowing metabolism and "simplifying" mentality contributed to the choice to look to the homestead for food provision. Anyway, I was always in awe of the delights that came out of my grandma's kitchen. Grandma thinks of food and the family table as the places relationships begin, grow, and flourish. Who am I to argue with such wisdom? So, now I'm trying to carry on the tradition that grandma started - creating meals and snacks that not only fill the belly but nourish a person, body, mind, heart & soul... and, of course, it's excellent if it tastes good, too.
My cooking triumphs
Everything, to me, is a cooking triumph when considering my early cooking days (mac n cheese, pizza, and take-out). I'm especially proud of the cheesecakes I've been making recently. Other than that, I consider my greatest achievement to be getting my daughter to eat anything I cook. She's picky and has something against certain vegetables (like any kid). I got her to eat avocado quick bread once... she loved it, until she found out there was avocado in it. The next time, I told her it was zucchini bread. She devoured almost the whole loaf herself. ;-)
My cooking tragedies
I could have burned down an apartment building the first time I made Thanksgiving dinner.
Recipe Reviews 46 reviews
The Best Fresh Tomato Salsa
This recipe is spot on with everything except ONE thing: it's only 5-star (>5-star, actually) if there's fresh minced garlic, and for me, a lot of it... with the added garlic, I can eat this stuff by the spoonful... or mainline it? (Ok, that's a bit extreme, and defeats the purpose because then I couldn't taste it!) But seriously, with salsa this good, who needs chips?! Without garlic, though, there's definitely something missing.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 9, 2014
Restaurant-Style Tequila Lime Chicken
This recipe is UNbelievable! With the exception of increasing the tequila in the marinade to 1T and using kefir instead of milk in the Mexi-Ranch sauce, I followed the recipe to the letter (oh, I didn't add any additional salt either)... (haha, I guess I didn't exactly follow it to the letter then, did I? :P ) After grilling the chicken breasts on the Weber, rather than sticking them under the broiler with the chips & cheese, I served this as a salad, over romaine and topped with sliced sweet pepper, homemade salsa, and the Mexi-Ranch sauce... Holy DELICIOUS, Batman!!!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 4, 2014
Amber's Penne Alla Vodka
I followed this recipe (almost) to the letter. It's EXCELLENT as written! Don't be afraid of the amounts of onion & garlic, the flavors all work together so well, nothing overpowers anything else, imho. The only thing I did to "own" the dish was to use 1/4c Sriracha vodka and 1/4c plain vodka. I also only had a half-pint heavy cream, so mixed it with 2% milk... it had no deleterious effect on the final product. Simple. Delicious. My favorite kind of dinner.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 30, 2014

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