Jacki_In_Simi Profile - Allrecipes.com (1970570)


Home Town: Arleta, California, USA
Living In: Simi Valley, California, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Blog...  1 post
Apr. 27, 2009 10:56 am 
Updated: Apr. 27, 2009 11:11 am
Hi all, It's that time of year again - Cinco de Mayo! We have potlucks here at work for EVERYTHING...in fact, any day can be cause for celebration for us. I work in an IT department and a lot of us just grab something from the cafeteria or bring our lunch in and eat at our desks. It's just… MORE
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About this Cook
I'm a single (widowed) woman living in So. California. I volunteer for a local animal rescue group and foster cats and kittens that are available for adoption and have my own pets - 6 cats and 1 big dog. I love traveling, love Hawaii and the north east (Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, etc.), wine tasting, crocheting, hanging out around the house and, cooking, of course!
My favorite things to cook
Canning, mainly jelly and jam; baked goods; anything grilled from beef to seafood to salsa ingredients. From this website, my very favorite thing is the recipe for Grilled JalapeƱo Cheddar Stuffed Shrimp - all of my friends and family actually ask for it when I'm doing a casual dinner. They're a little time consuming, but the end result makes it well worth the time and effort. They're delicious!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My sisters and I learned to cook from the best - my mom, my grandma and my great-grandma...even my dad, a (now retired) firefighter, is a wonderful cook. I love to have people over for casual entertaining. My biggest and best is my annual Holiday Brunch for all of my girl friends. It's really one of the highlights of my year - I sometimes even get 'special requests' from my friends for which I'm more than happy to accommodate. I'm starting to grow more produce now, too, which has been a lot of fun. Cooking from scratch has always been very important for my entire family, especially for holidays. My sisters and I carry on those traditions. I make lots of cookies, pies, cakes and other baked goods and homemade candies. My favorite cookie is Golden Thumbprints filled with my homemade pomegranate jelly. Sundays past were almost always spent with my grandparents, either at their house or ours. Those Sunday dinners were always the best of the week - my favorites were my grandma's Swiss Steak
My cooking triumphs
Prime rib roasted in a rock salt crust for Christmas that turns out perfect; making a recipe that I made in a hands-on cooking class of fresh, homemade pasta and bolognase sauce which inspired me to get the pasta attachments for my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I made it at home and, though it took a very long time to complete the components for the entire dish, the end result of lasagna bolognase was SO worth it (I also made a homemade tarimisu for dessert that day, too). It was even better than what we made in the class under the guidence of the teacher! Last, but not least, my annual holiday brunch - it just seems to get better every year.
My cooking tragedies
When my pomegranate jelly doesn't set. It's such a lot of work and what a disappointment. On the other hand, it makes a fine substitute for grenadine or to use as a glaze for duck or pork...so, it's never wasted. I guess it's not such a tragedy after all!
Recipe Reviews 25 reviews
Melt - In - Your - Mouth Shortbread
This recipe is just what I was looking for - a cookie that would hold up to dipping in chocolate, sanwiched with jelly, etc. - like the cookies you get in a bakery or deli. I used my cookie press to make these. SUPER short, light and not sweet at all. Plain, they are a little bland, I admit, but good with a cup of tea or coffee. I will be making these for my cookie selection this Christmas and I will update accordingly!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 6, 2012
Grandma's Gingersnap Cookies
I love gingerbread in the form of cake, cookies, etc. I've used different recipes almost every fall & through the winter in past years and have found them to be good but, I still continued on my search for "great". This recipe is it! They're spicy, crisp but, chewy at the same time. I did "tweak" this a bit because I love a little extra spice and stirred in some chopped crystallized ginger to the dough. They were simply delicious!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 27, 2011
Best Toffee Ever - Super Easy
Absolutely as the name states - the best & SUPER easy!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 27, 2011
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