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*~Lissa~*


*~Lissa~*
 
Home Town: Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA
Living In: Cobb, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Dec. 31, 2014 10:36 pm 
Updated: Jan. 4, 2015 11:29 pm
Not going to lie...I like to bake cookies, brownies, make chocolatey confections and candies, yummy things of that sort.But I really hate when my tasty treats stick, or spread, or get stuck in a pan.  I hate greasing cookie sheets.  I prefer not to use those non-stick sprays.  I get sad when my… MORE
 
 
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From The Blog:  Adventures in Lissa's Kitchen
Crab Rangoons
Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies
Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Biscotti
Easy Cashew Sea Salt Toffee
Crispy Panko Chicken Breasts
  
Country Goulash
Green Beans with Warm Dijon Vinaigrette
Potato Souffle
Cream Cheese Shortbread/Biscuit
Sesame Tahini
About this Cook
I live in beautiful wine country, Northern California, on the edge of state forest. My husband and I are in our 30s and have the most amazing little 1 year old girl. I haven't had as much time in the kitchen since becoming a mom, but I love that she is getting old enough to enjoy my cooking! I enjoy riding my motorcycle and snowboarding, camping, classic and hard rock music, tattoos, singing, and *of course* fiddling in my kitchen! I love trying new recipes and have had fun as an Allrecipes Allstar in the Brand Ambassador program!
My favorite things to cook
Skillet dinners, chicken, vegetables, rice, pasta, cookies, brownies, quick breads, Italian, Asian, mac & cheese, mushroom or broccoli Alfredo, pie-especially apple, pear and chicken pot pie, pork in the crock pot for carnitas or BBQ pulled pork.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents have always had lots of food at family get-togethers! Such a selection of food that there's hardly room for plates at the table: nuts, cheeses, wings, beans, meats, veggies and many other side dishes, cakes, cookies, pies, etc-there's something for everyone! There's no excuse if you go hungry at one of our family functions. There's always good food, drinks, people and laughs :D
My cooking triumphs
It's nice to be able to throw things together on the fly without having to make a trip to the grocery store. Learning the methods of cooking have made it easier and my food tastes better. I never have dry chicken breasts, pork chops or burgers anymore! Dec 2012: I finally made fudge that set properly!
My cooking tragedies
Trying out new recipes that don't taste right or I don't care for. Or turning my back to do 10 things at once and burning something. Mistakes = lessons learned. Sometimes you have to do a little trial-and-error to get something how you like it. I'm still trying to perfect French loaf.
Recipe Reviews 416 reviews
Crab Rangoon III
Needed some tweaks. Good advice I gathered from other reviews was to press as much liquid from the crabmeat. I also omitted the water chestnuts and added green onion. After making few rangoons, I decided to add a touch of soy sauce to the filling for umami flavor. I also added fresh minced garlic because the powder didn't lend enough flavor alone. I made a dipping sauce of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, water, rice vinegar and a few drops of sesame oil. Went very well together. Will for sure make and tweak again.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 3, 2015
Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies
Mmmmmmm! Very good, but I think I would like them better if I doubled the mint extract. While the cookie dough smelled rather minty, the flavor baked up very subtle. I didn't have unsweetened chocolate, but I had unsweetened cocoa powder so I followed the guide on the cocoa to mix with oil as a chocolate replacement. I thought the chocolate flavor came out just right! These baked up to have a slightly crispy edge with a soft, puffy middle. Will make again and increase the mint.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 31, 2014
Chocolate-Dipped Pistachio Biscotti
Well I inadvertently had to make some changes: thought I had apricots but I didn't, so went with cranberries instead. Also didn't have enough pistachios so used half pecans/half pistachios. Lastly, I thought white chocolate would go with the cranberries better than chocolate, so dipped in vanilla almond bark. The reason I'm not giving 5* is I'm not entirely keen on the texture the cornmeal lends to the cookie.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 31, 2014
 
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