bwdiaz Profile - (12533433)


Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Vegetarian, Kids
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Genealogy
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About this Cook
I'm 36, married, and an at-home parent to a toddler and an infant. I like to knit socks, read Tolkien, and ponder religion. I'm interested in family history, connecting with nature, home schooling, learning languages, and reading fantasy & sci-fi novels.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake bread, cookies, and pies for meals (like Shepherd's, mushroom, quiche, etc.) as well as plan healthy meals for my kids. I make mostly vegetarian meals with organic, local ingredients and I support our local farmers market. I particularly enjoy making special meals for holidays.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is a mix of Polish and Italian, though I really haven't taken advantage of either food tradition. Since I'm mostly self-taught as a cook, I tend to look for simple, healthy meals that meets the nutritional needs of my family. I would like to explore Polish food more but I haven't found a good resource for me yet.
My cooking triumphs
The first perfect loaf of bread remains one of my favorite memories.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Taco Seasoning I
This was great. I tossed this in my meat and it worked out perfectly. The spices were just right for my kids including red pepper flakes.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 7, 2012
Mushroom and Swiss Chicken
This was a fabulous recipe. Even my toddler ate it. I didn't use breasts but all the pieces I had leftover from a previously roasted chicken. So I didn't do the whole 30 minutes to start because the chicken was already cooked. Instead I did about 15 to let the oil/vinegar flavors congeal and then followed the recipe as written. And I also didn't use Swiss slices, I grated about a cup and a half of a block and topped it with that.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 31, 2012
Barley Primavera
I liked this easy to prepare recipe and the touch of lemon in it, but it was a teeny bit bland. I had to add spices and I will include more vegetables next time.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 31, 2012
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