akppsu Profile - Allrecipes.com (18978281)


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Living In: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a PA girl - I'm a Human Resources benefit specialist and work for the world's largest life ins. company. My favorite place to be is PSU for tailgating and a great game. I'm single, just bought my first home, which I enjoy renovating. I own a beautiful Bombay cat named Nero. I love to cook, try new recipes and feed the people I love.
My favorite things to cook
Probably my favorite genre is Italian, but I enjoy cooking just about anything. I enjoy a challenge and often get bored when people request the same thing over and over. I enjoy inviting people over just to try new things.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother made the most incredible fudge - however, she never wrote down the recipe before she died. No one has yet to duplicate it. Also, a big family favorite is her baked mac and cheese. I created roasted potatoes on the grill and also rosemary chicken. These are very popular - with herbs from my own garden!
My cooking triumphs
My biggest triumph was teaching myself how to cook and then experimenting enough to become a chef!
My cooking tragedies
The only tragedy I can think of is using - this happened only once - baking powder instead of baking soda!
Recipe Reviews 24 reviews
Slow Cooker Tender and Yummy Round Steak
Turned out wonderfully. Used beef broth, as suggested, and cooked for 4 1/2 hours on low for 1 lb. Waited until the last 2 hours to add the potatoes (didn't use carrots) and a small can of mushrooms. Beef was fall-apart tender. Great quick and easy recipe for a cheap cut of meat.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 17, 2014
Grilled Asian Chicken
My family raved about this one. For 6 chicken breasts, I doubled the recipe. For the ginger, I used 3 Tbsp of jarred minced ginger and 2 tsp of jarred minced garlic. I didn't cook anything; I just mixed the ingredients well and poured over the chicken in a ziplock bag and let sit for about 20 hours.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 5, 2014
Eggplant Bake
Made this for my mom because she LOVES eggplant and it was on sale for $1.79/lb. I made the following changes per other suggestions: I salted the cut eggplant and let it sweat for about 45 minutes, then dried very well on paper towels. In the eggs, I added about 1/3 cup Italian dressing, just to give the eggplant some added flavor. Dredged in seasoned breadcrumbs and baked 12 minutes per side. While eggplant baked, I sautéed the onions and about a tsp of minced garlic. I used a vidalia onion. Used a 9 x 13 glass baking dish and since I had a small eggplant, I had just 1 layer. I layered the eggplant, then the sautéed mixture, and finally 1/2 a container of halved cherry tomatoes. Sprinkled with grated parm, basil, oregano, salt, and freshly ground pepper. Baked at 350° for 20 minutes, covered. Removed foil, add 2 handfuls of shredded provolone and baked 5 minutes longer. Next time, I'll slice the eggplant thicker but that was my fault. I will also try this with zucchini and summer squash mixed with the eggplant. All in all, 2 thumbs up!!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 18, 2014

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