Barbi Profile - (18934103)

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Home Town: Sacramento, California, USA
Living In: Folsom, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Apple Crisp Crunch
About this Cook
I'm a busy working mom of 2 darling boys and I'm always looking for quick, easy, tasty and healthy meals to prepare for my family.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite appliance in the kitchen is my CrockPot! If it wasn't for that one appliance we would surely have starved a long time ago.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving with all the trimmings! Need I say more?
My cooking triumphs
My friends and family call me the Queen of Appetizers. I NEVER cook anything that is low cal. That's why everything tastes so good I think. I'd rather eat less of the real thing than more of something that's all precessed chemicals. I use all whole foods, real butter, real mayo, sour cream, and whole milk. There's nothing better than a hot cup of coffee in the moring that has a dollop of heavy whipping cream in it! YUM! In my opinion if you take the fat out of a food you have to replace it with artifical chemicals to make it taste good and how can that be better for you than the whole food, the way nature intended. I also try to incorporate a lot of veggies into our evening meals.
My cooking tragedies
I've had more than my fair share of cooking disasters. One particular dinner disaster that sticks out in my mind was when a co-worker and I were talking about Meatloaf recipes and she told me that she used rice instead of breadcrumbs in her meatloaf. She thought that it kept the meatloaf moister. Sounded good to me so I tried it. She neglected to tell me one tiny bit of importatnt information, that the rice needed to be cooked first. You should have seen my husbands face when he took that first bite of meatloaf. At first he thought that his teeth were falling out, all those little hard grains of rice felt like he was chewing up his teeth. Poor guy!
Recipe Reviews 80 reviews
Easy Mushroom Rice
I used a combination of 1 cup brown rice and a 1/4 cup wild rice, a 14.5 oz can low sodium beef broth, French onion soup and a can of mushrooms, drained. I left out the butter and baked it uncovered for 90 minutes, stirring about half way through. Couldn't ask for an easier recipe than this and pretty tasty too. It had a funny aftertaste though; I think I'll try it with 2 cans of low sodium beef broth and a couple teaspoons beef bouillon next time, with a dash of either Soy Sauce or Worchestershire. I think it would taste better if you used fresh mushrooms sautéed in a little olive oil as well and toppled with some thinly sliced green onions or fresh parsley. I am on a quest to find a tasty, simple to prepare, rice side dish to replace the processed boxed varieties that are full of chemicals and preservatives!

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2012
Cabbage and Noodles with Ham
I enjoyed this but my family was not impressed. I thought it was a good way to use up the leftover ham I had from Christmas. I happen to love cabbage and I keep trying different recipes with cabbage on my family hoping they will come around.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2012
Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole
I was expecting somthing out of this world, but it was just OK. I think it needed salt. Kind of bland and a little soggy. Followed the directions exactly but had to bake it for a full hour before it was done in the center. Not bad, but not the ultimate cornbread; my search continues.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 26, 2011
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