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BigShotsMom


BigShotsMom
 
Home Town: Long Island, New York, USA
Living In: Long Beach, New York, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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Nov. 13, 2014 3:00 pm 
Updated: Nov. 20, 2014 10:41 am
To me the whole point of the Ambassador program is to try new products and share the ones that work well.  Some products excite me more than others.  Reynolds is one of those brands that I can happily endorse.  From childhood I can recall that pink and blue box of Reynolds foil in my G'ma's… MORE
 
 
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About this Cook
I am a mother, grandmother, great grandmother by marriage and great aunt. My empty nest seems full most of the time and they all are ready to eat at any moment. I am busier now than I ever imagined once I retired. I now manage our parish friendship kitchen and help in the food bank. Part of what I love most is helping our clients learn to eat nutritiously on their very meager budgets and Allrecipes has been an invaluable tool.
My favorite things to cook
I love anything i can make from scratch, i like to bake breads, rolls, cookies, cobblers, pies. I like to make large dinners too and entertain frequently. I love trying new recipes out on friends and family. Sunday brunch has become a family focal point and if something new doesn't appear they act deprived.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I didn't really grow up with any. Neither my mother or grandmother were great cooks. I learned to cook by trial and error on my own. But I married into a family of excellent cooks who went all out for holidays. All of my children cook well and we work well together preparing holiday meals.
My cooking triumphs
My first successful yeast bread. I spent years being terrified of yeast. The first time my MIL complimented me on a meal I felt like I had won an Emmy.
My cooking tragedies
My early years of cooking were one fiasco after another. I could actually cook fairly well, but had no idea when to start things so they all were ready at the same time. Some meals took whole evenings. My poor husband never once complained, although he did once mention he hoped dinner would be over before it was time for breakfast.
Recipe Reviews 535 reviews
Saffron Rice with Raisins and Cashews
Actually 4 1/2 stars. I was skeptical, but this is really good and I would have given it 5 stars but fora few things. The method of cooking the rice and adding the ingredients doesn't really work. Use your usual method, add the saffron to the water and let it cook together with the rice then add the rest of your flavorings as soon as you determine all the water is absorbed, stir it all in, cover tightly and allow to rest for five minutes or so. There is enough heat and residual moisture. I cut the sugar to 2 tbs. And last, fishing for the cloves is a nuisance, I just used 1/4 tsp ground cloves and left out the whole. I just wish I knew if this is meant to be a sweetish side dish or a very mildly sweet dessert. Either way, it is very tasty!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 28, 2015
Pomegranate Marinated Pork Chops
There're is nothing to help emulsify the vinegar and oil so they pretty much separated, I need to play with that because the flavors work well. My grill is snowbound so I broiled the chops and that worked out well. And as a bonus it is a use for the fancy pomegranate vinegar I was given for Christmas. I also didn't marinate for the length of time suggested because I was afraid my chops were starting to look like Chinese pork, but I may let it go longer next time. Thanks, Denise, this is a nice addition to my pork chop recipes.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 28, 2015
Seafood Quiche
We enjoyed this. The recipe is for a traditional French quiche, no cheese just a rich custard. I had to make it stretch to feed extras so I added diced shrimp and chopped broccoli. The flavors were subtle but added a savory zing. Thanks, Sal, I will make this again.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 24, 2015
 
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