Paula Profile - (18629709)

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Home Town: Pass Christian, Mississippi, USA
Living In: Ledyard, Connecticut, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Italian, Mediterranean, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I love to cook and garden (when I'm not tired), and my goal is to make a meal where all the vegetables served came from my garden. I love trying new recipes, and my family never knows what to expect for dinner from one day to the next....frozen pizza, slow cooked homemade lasagna, or shrimp ettouffe!
My favorite things to cook
Well, I don't think you can call throwing a salad together cooking, but that's my favorite...all of the fresh ingredients filling my senses and then there's something about cutting the vegetables, etc....the pepper, avacado, onion, mushrooms..that makes me feel thoughtful and close to nature-relieves any stress from my long day.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hands down..Spagetti and sauce. My husband is part Italian and his family (and the area we were originally from in RI/CT) eats a LOT of pasta...and we've adopted their eating habits..
My cooking triumphs
Hmmm...I forget a lot of the things that I throw together...but the one that stands out the most is the grilling sauce I concocted for steaks. Mix 1 part Dijon mustard with 1 part Worcester Sauce (or desired taste) and baste steaks. Grill the steaks (we have a Weber) flip, then baste the other side and grill till desired doneness...voila! The sauce is the best compliment to steaks I have ever made! I make all my steaks this way now!
My cooking tragedies
Not too many, but they all seam to involve mushrooms...and I once made an alfredo sauce that I used shredded parmesian rather than grated that didn't combine, and we had to come up with Plan B for was horrible!
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Juicy Roasted Chicken
I LOVE roasted chicken, and have my share of recipes I use on a rotational basis so as not to get bored of the same flavors...but this recipe, by far, is THE BEST ROASTED CHICKEN I HAVE EVER MADE! I changed it up a bit from the original recipe based on other reviewers...I added about a half inch of white wine (I used a Pinot Grigio) to the bottom of the pan, and I added celery salt generously over the whole chicken and omitted the onion salt and added garlic powder. A favorite from this day forth!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 8, 2009
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Didn't have muffin pan, just used a regular pan. Could shape or roll into balls, too goopy, but just spooned gobs onto the pan and still came out great! Put the PBCups in the freezer before pressing into cookies, then put cookes in fridge for the candy to harden again (they did melt and became quite gooey). After the cookies and PBcup cooled they were awesome!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 27, 2008
Kati Rose's Cheese Ball
Made this for a Christmas day appetizer and came out great! Bought a little bit more walnuts than recipe called for and shaped into a log instead of a ball...seemed to make more sense since other people said the ball came out quite large. Added some of the ham I made for the dinner and omitted olives. Wonderful!!!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 27, 2008
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