ilkaisha Profile - (18071410)


Home Town: Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I was a food service specialist in the United States Coast Guard for 4 years, and currently a stay at home mom. I have been cooking since I was just a little girl. I love to prepare meals (and dessert!) for my two children and my boyfriend.
My favorite things to cook
I think my favorite flavor is lemon. Add lemon to anything and it's special. I have been on a bit of an Asian kick recently, but I'm a dessert person. My favorite thing to cook is sweets!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family does a traveling pot luck during the holidays. 4 stops, 4 dishes. Plenty of drinks and laughter, and photos in front of the Christmas tree. Each year my mom and I pick new recipes to share!
My cooking triumphs
At this point in the game, I consider anything my three-year-old will eat a triumph. But really, I would say that my first foray into fondant was much better than anything I could have hoped. I have been using it on cookies and such since.
My cooking tragedies
Oh, I could probably write a book about this. Cooking on a boat was pretty tragic. The most horrifying was blueberry turnovers. We hit a pretty decent storm, and instead of inside the puff pastry, I had blueberry filling on the walls, on the floor, on myself. I was in tears.
Recipe Reviews 141 reviews
Gluten-Free Meatloaf
Well, I should have gone with my intuition here. I was sort of taken aback that this recipe should call for "1 pound of ground beef, or more to taste." As it happens, the massive amount of milk called for made beef soup. I ended up adding an additional pound of beef and another 2/3 cup of grits -- to texture, not to taste... and I still felt it was a little loose. Flavor wise, this meatloaf is unimpressive at best. Perhaps if I hadn't had to double the meat and triple the grits, it would have been better, but the cocktail sauce might have been overpowering, too. I couldn't get excited about this meal, despite the fact that I think grits in meatloaf is conceptually brilliant. No applause from the peanut gallery, either. I am inspired to experiment with them in the future.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 14, 2014
Italian-Style Stuffed Peppers
This recipe is FANTASTIC! I love the combination of beef and sausage, and the herbs and spices are perfect. I think I'm going to be using this recipe as my new standard. The -only- thing I did differently than the recipe is to put a layer of plastic wrap between the peppers and the foil so that the acid from the sauce didn't corrode it.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 11, 2014
Baked Ziti with Cheese
I really liked this recipe, especially since the mozzarella was interspersed throughout the dish instead of all being on top. It was easy to make and heated up beautifully for leftovers. Hubby wasn't too impressed, but the kids and I really liked it (and they usually only want chicken nuggets.) An excellent meal alongside a salad and garlic bread. Five stats yum.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 30, 2014
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