MelissaLee Profile - (188064330)

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Home Town: Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Boynton Beach, Florida, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2013
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Indian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Fishing, Hunting, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Married to my best friend, and mom to the coolest, funniest little guy around. Love to fish, kayak, camp, hike, read, watch movies, host gatherings and COOK.
My favorite things to cook
I love making food that's packed with flavor and made from fresh ingredients (no pre-packaged "junk"). I like recipes from Korea, India, Thailand, Italy, Greece, Mexico and Cuba. One of my favorite meals is a deliciously marinated and grilled protein (salmon, steak or chicken) with a huge salad on the side. Savory, fresh, and healthy. Paired with a good wine, and it's perfection.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Family gathering all revolve around food for us. You'll find platters and bowls filling table upon table at one of our get-togethers. My favorite since childhood has been the Thanksgiving Weekend. After a huge meal, where everything is made from scratch, we spend the weekend baking dozens of cookies of all kinds. Everyone goes home Sunday night with huge boxes of cookies for their family and friends.
My cooking triumphs
I consider any meal where the serving dishes are empty and smiles are on everyone's face to be a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
"Hamburger Surprise", they called it. After having burgers at a relative's house where "stuffed burgers" were served - some had diced potato, onion and cheese, others with mushrooms, or cheeses of different varieties - I wanted to try it on my own. Total fail. I didn't realize the potatoes and onions and mushrooms were pre-cooked and ended up serving the worst burgers ever. I've never lived down "Hamburger Surprise".
Recipe Reviews 32 reviews
Smooth Sweet Tea
I did not like the aftertaste the baking soda left. The key to a non-bitter tea is not to let the tea bags steep too long. I made a second half-gallon: 3/4 c sugar in bottom of pitcher with 1 c HOT water stirred to make a simple syrup. Bring 2 qts water to boil, place 5 tea bags in HEAT PROOF glass bowl and pour water over them. Allow to steep for 10 minutes. Pour into the half-gallon pitcher containing the simple syrup, stir well and top with cool water to fill. Let sit to come to room temperature before putting in fridge so you don't get cloudy tea.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 21, 2014
Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)
As written, it was okay, but not very flavorful. I had to increase all of the spices and did not care for the lemon juice and sour cream. Maybe a plain yogurt or coconut milk would have been much better.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 8, 2014
Baked Salmon II
The recipe, as written, leaves the fish overcooked, oversalted, over-peppered and overly oily. However, the ingredients listed are some of my favorites for salmon. SO, yesterday, when I found my grocery store had large salmon filets on sale, I decided to try it again, with adjustments. I used 1.5 Tbs parseley, 1 tsp dill, 3 cloves of garlic smashed with 1/2 tsp salt, 1.5 tsp dijon mustard, 1/8 tsp pepper, 2 Tbs white wine, 1 Tbs lemon juice and only 2 Tbs (1/8 c) olive oil. I also decided to add 1 med green onion, chopped finely. I mixed all of the ingredients, poured/patted it over the top of the salmon, then let it sit in the fridge for about an hour or so until dinner time. I placed a a few thin slices of lemon down the length of the filet and put it into a 450 degree oven (in an oiled pan!) for about 25-30 minutes (the majority of the filet was a little over an inch thick). It was moist and very flavorful. Thanks for the "bones" of a delicious salmon marinade.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 8, 2014

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