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Sarah W

Sarah W
Home Town: Paola, Kansas, USA
Living In: Wichita, Kansas, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Needlepoint, Camping, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I found my passion for cooking early in college, when I started dating my fiance. It started with a single recipe - brown sugar meatloaf - and has progressed into now what is nearly a way of life. My mother and grandmother both loved to cook, so I'm thinking its something in the genes!
My favorite things to cook
I love making fun appetizers - stuffed mushrooms, coconut shrimp, bruschetta, dips. I also love stir-frys...anything with soy sauce, ginger and garlic is guaranteed to be a hit. Casseroles, pasta, you name it, I'll try to make it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom's chicken & broccoli casserole and steak marinade. My sister in law also passed on an awesome chocolate chip cookie recipe.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I made steak, I remember my fiance taking one bite and his eyes got so wide, because the flavor in the marinade was so delicious. I also made twice-baked potatoes for a work holiday luncheon last year and my co-workers haven't stopped talking about them!
My cooking tragedies
One evening, I made corn casserole with pork chops and scalloped potatoes. Every single dish came out wrong - the corn casserole wasn't cooked through, the pork chops were too tough and the scalloped potatoes weren't tender. It all went in the trash and I didn't cook again for several weeks! I've learned that not every meal will be a perfect one, and that's perfectly ok. Live and learn! =)
Recipe Reviews 50 reviews
Asian Orange Chicken
Definitely the most awesome asian dish I've made at home. The sauce tastes like a restaurant's would. I did reduce the cornstarch a bit, and used 3 chicken breasts (plenty of sauce left!) I also changed the cooking method based on reviews - in three batches, I browned the chicken nicely in very hot olive oil, then placed the chicken in a 220-degree oven while cooking the remaining batches. The chicken was perfectly done yet very juicy inside. I set the chicken pieces on jasmine rice and drizzled with the orange sauce. Sprinkled with sliced green onions and served with steamed edamame. WOW. This will be in my recipe book forever.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 11, 2010
Cilantro-Lime Dressing
So delicious! Used two cloves of garlic, 1/4 C honey, and about 1/4 C olive oil. Was plenty sweet (almost a bit too sweet) and perfect amount of oil. I thought the full jalapeno would make it too spicy, but not at all - it was perfect. This dressing is SO flavorful and would work awesome as a marinade or even as a substitute for pesto. Took about 5 minutes to throw together. Made a salad with spinach leaves, corn, black beans, grated cheese, avocado slices, and grilled chicken. Drizzled the dressing over the top and fiance said "best salad I've ever had!"

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Reviewed On: Feb. 23, 2010
Carrot Oatmeal Muffins
Best muffins ever! And so healthy. I cut both sugars down to 1/2 C and felt it was plenty sweet. Used 2 large eggs with no issues. 3/4 C unsweetened applesauce and 1/4 C canola oil, rather than a full cup of oil. Used golden raisins (I prefer them.) Contrary to what other reviewers have said, I LOVED the cream cheese layer in the center. I do think the measurements for the cream cheese are way off - I used half-block cream cheese with just a tiny bit of pineapple juice to soften it up. Otherwise is was very watery, and I wanted it more thick. These muffins freeze well, and you can feel good about eating them. Thanks for the recipe Shonan!

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 16, 2010
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