MessyCook Profile - (19850730)

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Home Town: Smithfield, North Carolina, USA
Living In: Grass Valley, California, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Fresh spring berries
About this Cook
I'm 23 years old and a self-proclaimed (and spouse verified) messy cook! :) I love to make any and everything I can - my cooking has turned healthier as of late, so I'm interested in discovering new, tasty, fresh, nutritious recipes for me and my growing family.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite family cooking traditions
This past Thanksgiving my husband and I hosted our first ever Thanksgiving. We brined, roasted, and served a 23-pound turkey. It was the most fun I've ever had! We plan on hosting from now on. I also made 2 homemade pies - and fell in love with pecan pie out of nowhere!
My cooking triumphs
The night I successfully put together and cooked a unique take on the French dish bouillabaisse with rouille, using chicken, for my in-laws.
My cooking tragedies
Oh dear, one night I tried to make Italian stuffed meatloaf (brasciole). Never again.
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Mexican Sour Cream Rice
Lord help me, this rice is to die for!!! I changed the recipe a bit to fit my taste, however: I cut back on the cheese; I didn't have any cilantro, so I omitted it. I just cooked the rice as stated in chicken stock, then added in some frozen corn kernels that I thawed out, dumped in 2 tablespoons of low fat sour cream, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, a little salt, a little pepper, and ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese. Delicious, seriously my most favorite rice.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 19, 2012
Dijon-Herb Pork Roast
I made this pork loin recipe tonight for dinner and received RAVE reviews! This recipe is absolutely perfect the way it is - I made it exactly as I saw it listed except I didn't have any red currant jelly so I substituted seedless blackberry preserves, and I omitted the Panko bread crumbs, and made the rest as described. My husband and I both had seconds... this recipe is DEFINITELY a keeper!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 31, 2012
Baked Spaghetti I
My husband and I made this recipe a while ago and totally loved it! We did change up the recipe to suit our tastes more as follows: no mushrooms, added an 8 oz block of cream cheese, omitted the cream of mushroom soup, added in 8 oz Ricotta cheese, and 8 oz cottage cheese. It was delicious! We layered the casserole like a lasagna - cottage cheese first, noodles, ricotta cheese, meat sauce, noodles, cream cheese, meat sauce, Parmesan cheese on top, bake until melty and bubbly. OUT OF THIS WORLD!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 31, 2012

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