Prncssraine Profile - (1974099)

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Home Town: Fremont, California, USA
Living In: Roseville, California, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Kids
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About this Cook
Busy working mom of three busy school-aged children and an infant with little time (or money) to waste on flubbing recipes!
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking meals that my family can all agree upon--usually that includes cheese, some sort of meat and maybe something sweet.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love having my children "help" me-- anything from shucking corncobs to stirring pots. I like having them learn that cooking is a family event that can be shared and enjoyed
My cooking tragedies
Only one--when I was first married, I tried a one-pot Jambalaya recipe and wound up burning the rice! I was still a newlywed--that's my excuse!
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Artichoke Spinach Lasagna
We make this about once a month, and have had success every time, but it's kind of a finicky recipe. We use fresh spinach, which takes a bit longer to dice up, but tastes so much better and the recipe overall isn't as runny. Also, it is SO much easier to use the pre-cooked noodles--not only for time, but because the other ones can roll up onto themselves and make a mess. Lastly, be sure to use the herbed feta cheese and the fresh rosemary...both really flavor the dish.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2008
Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini
This recipe is very good. I made a couple of changes, since I had little time for cooking it midweek. First, I used the dry in-the-bag type of tortellini noodles, and cooked them in the soup COVERED for about 11/12 minutes at the very end. This cooked them just right and saved some money. I really didn't like the hassle of peeling and chopping tomatoes, since I think they would've tasted just as good from a can. Next time I'll do this and hopefully save even more time. The soup itself tasted wonderful--my children even ate all of the veggies in it because the stock was so flavorful. Excellent fall/winter soup!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2007
Stuffed Peppers My Way
This was great, for me and my husband, but my children weren't really about it. I guess you can't fool them--they know they're eating bell peppers even if you cut them up! I used regular rice, cooked in a rice cooker and canned diced tomatoes. Everything else was the same, but the filling yield wasn't that large--I was left with extra pepper halves, even though I scaled correctly. The flavor is wonderful, not at all bland, but something about my scaling didn't work out. I'll try it again for sure though. The taste was worth it at least for the grown-ups!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 22, 2007

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