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Ashlea Beers

Ashlea Beers
Home Town: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Living In: Denver, Colorado, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
IT professional and geek... I love computers, video games, reading, and doing other geeky things. I also love to cook and do crafty-type things, which is not something a lot of my geeky friends like to do, especially since most of them are male. I'm married to my junior-high school sweetheart and we live in Denver, CO. He also is an IT professional and loves video games, but he can't cook. However, he loves eating what I cook him!
My favorite things to cook
I just like to try new things because it feels like such an accomplishment to conquer a new recipe or cooking technique. I love making things from scratch that I used to buy pre-made... seasoning packets, salad dressings, stuffing, soup, ice cream. If it's not too complicated or expensive to make it from scratch, I will try it. I especially like making soups because when I was younger, I didn't like soup much. It seemed there was always something in soup I wouldn't like. Also, my first couple of attempts at soup were disastrous, so once I finally figured it out, making soups I like is very fun.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Not something we do anymore - but my dad's side of the family normally would go to Midnight Mass for Christmas, and then afterwards my grandfather (who can barely cook) would make us all breakfast. That 2am breakfast with my extended family was always fun. Now, I normally spend Christmas Eve with my in-laws. My mother-in-law makes a different soup every year for dinner for about 15 people. Some years I make the soup, so this is a tradition I will love to keep going.
My cooking triumphs
Chicken Cordon Bleu II, soup (in general), bread, BAKED boneless buffalo wings that taste as good as fried, sweet/spicy BBQ sauce for twist on the boneless chicken wings
My cooking tragedies
When I was about 18, my first few attempts at Baked Potato Soup were awful. I was following my mother-in-law's recipe exactly as written and I would still not get the same results. I made the recipe with her in her kitchen to see where I went wrong. I finally realized the recipe just said "milk" and while the milk they bought for their household was whole, I always bought skim.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Salsa Chicken
The quality of this recipe is determined mostly by the salsa and taco seasoning you use. When made with homemade taco seasoning and homemade salsa, it's phenomenal. My husband calls this "Mexican Chicken Parmesan"... even with the cheddar/mexiblend cheese, it makes him think of a Mexican version of the popular Italian dish. Like others, I serve with Mexican-style rice and corn.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 14, 2009
Meatball Sandwich
I have been using this recipe for 2-3 years now for all meatball cooking. It's great with spaghetti, for Swedish meatballs, spicy meatballs, etc... They cook well either baked or in the frying pan. Any other recipe I do that has meatballs as part of the recipe, I skip and use this one instead. Funnily enough, I've never actually made a meatball sandwich :)

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 14, 2009
Breakfast Casserole III
I had a 1/2 lb. of Jimmy Dean Hot Sausage leftover from chili I made the previous night, and since there is only 2 of us, I cut the recipe in half and used an 8x8 metal baking pan. I baked the stated time of 30 mins and it turned out great. The only other change I made is I microwaved the 3 potatoes for 6 minutes instead of baking to save time, but I don't think that makes a difference for taste. The reason I give the recipe only 4/5 stars is because when made as stated, I thought it was a little on the bland side, even though I used hot sausage. However, with some hot sauce sprinkled on top, it was delicious. I think if you can add something flavorful to make it your own, it makes the recipe 5 stars.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 27, 2009
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