MsMellie Profile - (18989535)

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Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books
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Spinach Pinwheels (with ham & swiss)
Pumpkin Bread IV
Cooking Thanksgiving dinner, 2005
About this Cook
I love to cook and enjoy exploring new types of foods, from all regions of the world. I try to use healthy recipes, but I'm definitely not a vegetarian (any more) and believe more in a balance of foods than in any sort of diet. It's challenging at times finding recipes for my husband, who doesn't like tomatoes and is somewhat lactose intolerant, but I've managed to adjust recipes to suit us both.
My favorite things to cook
Soup, any kind... I also love making anything "mini"-sized (appetizers, for instance, or mini-cheesecakes, etc.). As for meals, I love making brunch, because there's a bigger range of possibilities-- you can do breakfast foods, lunch foods, even certain dinner foods, salads, desserts, and so on, as long as you have a good flow of flavors and temperatures. It sparks my imagination!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love Thanksgiving, and preparing the turkey, squash, potatoes, and stuffing. However, I like to modify it slightly each year, so that it never becomes the same-old-thing. I'll always love my mom's angel cake with coffee icing, my twin's sweet and savory kielbasa, and my sister's meatloaf. For now, I'm slowly building a repertoire of family traditions within my own house. Some of our favorite meals/recipes, that I end up making once a month or so, include Stracciatella, Reuben Soup, Zuppa Toscana, and African Peanut Soup. (Do you see a pattern here?)
My cooking triumphs
I finally developed an apple pie recipe that my husband and I love. I used a few different recipes and added my own twist, and voila! Perfect.
My cooking tragedies
I seem to have a loose wire somewhere that prevents me from cooking like my mom. But I'm slowly mastering the home-style meals that eluded my reach for many years (meat loaf, roast beef, lasagne, etc.). Finally, comfort food is an option!
Recipe Reviews 117 reviews
Indian Vegetable Bhaji
I absolutely adored this dish! Not the usual cream base, but oh so spicy and flavorful, and beautiful colors as well. I cheated and used frozen diced potatoes because it's all I had on hand, but they worked perfectly. Will definitely make again, next time with some raita and naan on the side. Yum!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 26, 2014
Lime Cilantro Cauliflower "Rice"
Great idea! I've made this three times in the past two weeks and tweaked it to our taste... Cooked it closer to 3-5 minutes depending on the shallowness of the dish, longer made it too mushy. Left out the butter too, just didn't need it. The first time we had it as above but added sliced green onions, diced red bell peppers, and cotija cheese... Yum! Looking forward to trying a Thai version next, with hints of lemongrass and ginger. This one goes into the rotation!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 26, 2014
Super Easy Salmon Cakes
Excellent! I had leftover salmon and this was the perfect recipe. Decreased the crumbs a bit, and then used crumbs in the mixture and "rolled" the cakes in panko. Added some diced red bell pepper and dill to the mixture, and voila! Delicious. The dipping sauce I used was a mixture of mayo, creamy horseradish, tartar sauce, and dill, with a splash of lime juice. YUM!! Great base recipe, and love the baking aspect!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 31, 2012

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