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sphinxwinks


sphinxwinks
 
Home Town: Fort Hood, Texas, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a happy, upbeat person who loves to cook and try new things. I also love to crochet, read, go to museums and have fun times with my family, boyfriend and friends!
My favorite things to cook
I love baking, I used to bake up a storm during my teens but slowed down once I hit college. I've picked it up again, I also love to cook mexican, italian, asian and american dishes, I love experimenting with new things, I love mushrooms! I love learning new dishes and cuisines and am trying to expand my veggie cooking knowledge to get more into my diet.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother used to make Porcupines (hamburger and rice meatballs simmered in tomato sauce) that I loved as a kid! My grandmother makes this amazing wild rice stuffing for Christmas and Thanksgiving and a truly awsome Lemon Pie (no merrange!) My grandfather also love to experiment with cooking and so does my dad.
My cooking triumphs
I made a cheesecake which came out great on my first try! I created a now family favorite mushroom appatizer (for holidays and special meals) and have a "secret" ingredient for my beef stew that has friends, family and my boyfriend always begging me to make it!
My cooking tragedies
I've forgotten to switch the oven over from "preheat" to "bake" or accidentally switched it to "broil" a few times and ruined a few things!
Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Fast English Muffin Pizzas
Perfect for today's lazy sunday lunch. I mainly used this recipe for oven temp/times since I haven't made these in years and forgot those bits. I took reviewer's advice and toasted the english muffins before putthing them together, used diced leftover hamsteak in place of pepperoni (didn't have any on hand) and sprinkled with garlic powder, italian seasoning and pepper before putting in the oven. Yum!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2011
Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana
This soup is fantastic. I made some changes to make it Weigh Watcher's friendly and it was great. I love the original version at Olive Garden (I had a roommate in college who worked there and would bring some home for me a couple of times a week) and it was super close! The changes I made were: I used Jennie-O Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey instead of italian sausage (I also added a bit of fennel seed to give it more of an italian sausage flavor), I also subbed a 50/50 mix of fat free evaporated milk and fat free milk instead of the heavy whipping cream, reduced sodium chicken broth, Jennie-O Extra Lean Turkey Bacon and I used flat leaf parsley instead of spinach because thats what I had on hand. It was fabulous and 4 points a serving for any other WW's out there!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 2, 2010
Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken II
This was fantastic. I made a few modifications based on what I had and other reviewers recommendations. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thats what I had on hand) and used 1 cup of chicken broth in place of the bouillon and water. I also upped the lemon juice to just shy half a cup (I wanted something really lemoney, it was 2 juiced lemons) and doubled the spices rubbed into the chicken. I will be making this quite often!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 25, 2009
 
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