Avabelle Profile - Allrecipes.com (19594486)

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Living In: Morro Bay, California, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Nouvelle, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I love making yummy food and pride myself on being able to make a meal out of anything in the fridge and cupboard. I like cooking new things and challenging myself. The more I cook, the better I am at it. I love watching cooking shows and pick up a lot of tips, food pairings and ideas from what I watch.
My favorite things to cook
Chicken...I eat a lot of it and I have perfected baked chicken on the bone with the right amount of spice. I'll eat it just off the bone, but I'll also bake it then cut it up for soft tacos, lunch meat, soup, pizza toppings.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love Thanksgiving dinner. Just the basics...turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and of course gravy and cranberry sauce. I make the traditional meal we always had growing up no matter what else is being served or what others bring to the party. We also always do spaghetti on Christmas. My mom always cooked spaghetti on Christmas since I can remember - and still does! We were always busy opening presents, playing with new toys and watching sports to cook a whole meal. So spaghetti, some sausage, garlic bread and a quick tossed salad was easy and quick for Christmas Day.
My cooking triumphs
Coq au vin!!
My cooking tragedies
Where do I begin? I just burned hot dog buns on the grill. I can't seem to ever make rice that well. I'm heavy-handed on the salt so I've ruined some good dishes by adding too much salt.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Apple Maple Crumble Pie
I will try this again with some tweaking. I made it exactly to the specs of the recipe. The flavor of the crumble is decadent but the maple syrup makes it way too sweet. And, I think some spices will knock it out of the park. So...less syrup, add cinnamon and nutmeg. Also...depending on how thick you cut the apples, your cooking time may vary. I put it in the oven and set the timer to 35 minutes. I checked it at about 23 minutes and it was bubbly, brown and the apples were very tender so I pulled it out.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2013
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Wow - the best consistency of a chocy chip cookie I have ever made. Yummy. I followed the recipe exactly. No need to change anything!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2012
Tomato, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad with Mint
This salad is very yummy. The red wine and sugar marinade is delicious and adds a sweet yet almost acidic flavor. I added avocado which we love and it added a creamy texture to all the crunch. The mint was refreshing! This salad is very reminscent of a salad I make affectionately called "Drew's Salad" after my hubby who does not like lettuce. I make mine with all the ingredients here but also with chopped sweet peppers (the little ones you can get in the bag now.) I use Italian dressing or oil/balsamic, but I think I will keep making this salad and yummy dressing but continue to add avo and also peppers.

15 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 11, 2012

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