ColleenK. Profile - (18648626)

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Living In: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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A Night Out (without baby)
My Wedding Day
About this Cook
I am an educator in a large metropolitan area, and I currently teach 4th grade. I began to enjoy experimenting with cooking once I moved out on my own, and by default I had to become self-sufficient regarding eating quality meals. My husband was very influential in helping me aspire to become a good cook. He was a hospitality major in college, so he already knows most of the tricks of the trade! I recently became a mother to a beautiful little girl (not biased at all!J/K), and we also have 2 large dogs that enjoy any scraps that may be left at the end of a meal.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake souffles, casseroles, cookies, brownies, etc. My husband and I also love to use the grill, so we take advantage of grilling as often as possible! We love to grill any kind of kabobs, a good quality steak, chicken, pork, and certain types of seafoods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Going to my parents' house for Thanksgiving. It was always guaranteed to be the best meal that we would receive all year. My mom makes to-die-for cornbread stuffing and a delicious strawberry cream cheese jello mold, both of which I cannot seem to replicate, no matter how hard I try!
My cooking triumphs
I hosted Easter dinner w/o any assistance from my hubby or anyone else for my entire family (about 20 or so), and I was continuously complimented on how everything turned out! Thanks to many of the recipes on this website!!!
My cooking tragedies
Well, when I was first dating my (now) husband, I attempted to have him over at my parents' house for a nice dinner consisting of grilled chicken as our main entree. However, after continuously hitting the "ignite" button on the grill when the first couple of times I did it failed, it finally ignited, and the flame was huge, thus burning some of my hair and eyebrows. Therefore, my husband takes the reins when it comes to grilling anything now!
Recipe Reviews 80 reviews
Watermelon Fire and Ice Salsa
Very interesting, and very good. I used half a red bell pepper, and half a green bell pepper instead of the one the recipe calls for b/c I didn't want it to be overpowering in spiciness. Very good-used freeze-dried cilantro b/c that's what I had on hand, and it was well-received. My sister loved it b/c, as she stated, "it doesn't have the density of tomatoes in a regular tomato-based salsa."

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 10, 2009
Grilled Rock Lobster Tails
Very good, however, all that oil is not needed. We used 1/4 cup of oil, added a tbsp. more of lemon juice, and I used garlic pepper instead of white pepper, since I didn't have any white pepper on hand.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 22, 2009
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Delicious, and so easy to prepare. This recipe is a true star, and adds an element of simple elegance to any entree. I served this asparagus w/filet mignon. Yum!!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 31, 2009
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