Debi Blair McGinness Profile - (1956303)

Debi Blair McGinness

Debi Blair McGinness
Home Town: Akron, Ohio, USA
Living In: Vancouver, Washington, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern
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About this Cook
I've been married 30 years to a wonderful man who is an even better cook than I am. He owns Compass Coffee Roasting in Vancouver, WA. If you are on a continuous search for really excellent coffee, check out our website: It's some of the best coffee in the Portland/Vancouver area.
My favorite things to cook
I love pasta. One of my best recipes is a Spicy Chicken Alfredo. But I do a pretty good spagetti too and make an excellent chicken chili. Whenever we have a potluck at work I have to bring my Veggie Bars or the chicken chili
My cooking tragedies
A tuna casserole I made early in my marriage. I got is from a quick easy cookbook and it was awful. Needless to say, I've greatly improved my cooking skills.
Recipe Reviews 25 reviews
All-Around Good Smoothie
I love this. First time I made it as written, but have since have made it my own. I don't do milk well, so used this wonderful orange mango juice. Costco sells these big bags of frozen fruit - mango, papaya, strawberries & pineapple. I throw a handful (or 2) in with the banana, plain greek yogurt and protein powder. Don't always add the flax seed because I don't like the texture. As other reviewers, I drink it on my morning commute.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 4, 2012
German Sweet Chocolate Cake I
I've been making this cake for many years. The recipe is straight off the box of Baker's German Sweet Chocolate. I bake mine in 3 9-inch round pans for approximate 30 minutes. I do make one tweak to the icing though. I always wondered why my mother-in law's cake turned so much better than mine since we used the same recipe. She finally told me her' secret'. Add 2 oz. of the Sweet German Chocolate squares to the frosting. It makes a world of difference. One more thing, since there's just 2 of us, we can't eat the whole cake, so I cut it into individual slices, freeze them on a cookie sheet, then vacuum seal the slices. Works really well and we can have a slice of cake when we want it.

25 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 10, 2011
Baked Salmon II
This is such a versatile recipe. I was looking for something to do with some steelhead and this fit the bill with a few minor adjustments. First off, 6 tablespoons of olive oil is WAY too much for only 12 oz of fish. I cut it down to 2 tbls. and it was plenty. I used dill weed instead of basil, only because I wanted that flavor, and left out the parsley because I didn't have any. I also didn't wrap this in foil. After marinading for about 1/2 hr (in my vacuum sealed marinader), I put it in a baking dish, poured the liquid on to and baked it (uncovered) in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. It came out perfect.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 2, 2011
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