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Home Town: Orland Park, Illinois, USA
Living In: Lockport, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I am your average cook...likes meals in 30 minutes or less, that is of course unless it is a weekend and I have more time to prepare.
My favorite things to cook
Anything Italian or Mexican. I also enjoy trying new recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
homemade stuffing at Thanksgiving walnut chewies saucy steak skillet Mom's meatloaf
My cooking triumphs
An awesome lasagna!
My cooking tragedies
A terrible Italian Chicken in the slow cooker. HORRIBLE!
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip II
Awesome dip! Everyone loved it! I grated my own fresh Romano and Parmesan cheese and it really made for a tasty dip. I also finely chopped the artichoke hearts and increased the spinach to 1 cup because it seemed like there was way too much artichoke bits and not enough spinach. This worked out perfectly! Other than those slight adjustments, I made the recipe as shown. You can definitely make this dip ahead of time and heat it up when ready. I decided to separate the mixture into two smaller oven-safe glass dishes so that I could serve it on two different occasions. I stored one in the fridge, covered in plastic wrap and without the mozzarella, so it wouldn’t dry out overnight. The next day, I put on the mozzarella and heated it up for my guests and it was just as good as the one I served the first night! Very easy and super tasty!!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2008
Arrabbiata Sauce
I made this sauce on New Year's eve and reheated it on New Year's Day to serve to our relatives. I tripled the recipe because we like a lot of sauce on our penne pasta. It was just enough to serve 10. I did not have the Italian Seasonings so I used an olive oil infused with garlic and basil to saute the onions and garlic. Overall, a hit...but too spicy for my father-in-law. But he thinks that ketchup is spicy! A great quick homemade sauce.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2008
Chinese Cabbage Salad I
An excellent, quick and easy salad that is a sure crowd pleaser! I made this over Memorial Day weekend and took it to my parent's BBQ. A few slight changes: I made the dressing the night before. I added 1 TBSP of sesame oil to the dressing and used 3/4 cup sugar. Making the dressing overnight allowed the flavors to mingle. I recommend taking the dressing out of the fridge 15 minutes prior to putting on the salad. I also toasted the cashews and noodles the night before. I assembled everything right before serving. Excellent sweet-n-salty combination!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 4, 2007
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