Jewels Profile - (12021454)


Home Town: Northridge, California, USA
Living In: Valencia, California, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Charity Work
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About this Cook
My passion is cooking and creating food! If cooking were a sport, I'd be an Olympic Athlete! I have named Williams-Sonoma; "The Mother Ship!" I love to browse all kitchen stores! You can never have too many kitchen appliances and kitchen gadgets for serious cooks! My Dream Job would be as a Cook - with me in charge of what everyone is going to eat. The food I make doesn't need to be anything fancy! It needs to taste great and I try to cook moderately healthy and sneak veggies into whatever I can! I cook in "VATS" as I have a constant stream of "Man-Boys" at my house eating! I am lucky enough to have married my Prince (19 years) and have three sons who keep me on my toes! The end of 2011 has brought me the honor of being chosen as an Allrecipes Allstar! Bring on 2012 - I'm excited!
My favorite things to cook
I don't really have a favorite thing to cook. I have a large family. I like to entertain. I like to change things up. My fellow peeps on allrecipes would call me a "Tweak-er!" I am not great with exactly following recipes. I always end up adding this or that and "tweaking" recipes. Through this site and the things I have learned on it, my Baking has improved dramatically! I never knew that the size of the eggs changes the outcome of your baked goods. Who knew?
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have Christmas Eve at our house every year. Sit down dinner for 20! I start saving recipes and planning my menu further away from Christmas than I would like to admit.
My cooking triumphs
I have led my "non-cooking" friends into their scary zone....the kitchen. My specialty is going to some one's home who claims they have no food, and make something grand out of the contents of their pantry and refrigerator! I like to get people to cook, who would not normally cook. Cooking is a lost art and so many of my friends are now preparing various dishes and recipes that I have introduced them to. That is my best triumph!
My cooking tragedies
Tired, after cooking all day or being distracted - I used to CHAR bread as the final step of my meal prep. I have now learned that I cannot leave the broiler for Garlic Cheese Bread. I am thrilled to say that my tragedies in the kitchen are very rare these days.
Recipe Reviews 64 reviews
Amazing Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
This makes the house smell amazing. It needed to bake an additional 12-15 minutes to get the middle to set up completely. I have a commercial grade convection oven. I cannot mark down the recipe for that. Every oven is different. I used semi sweet chocolate chunks from Trader Joe's which might be why it required a longer cooking time. The chocolate chunks made this very chocolaty, which was great. I gave it a shake of cinnamon into the batter, other than that, followed the recipe exactly. My men loved this! Thanks for the recipe!

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Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2015
Roasted Cauliflower 'Steaks'
This was delicious, but.....I bought a good sized Cauliflower that was bigger than a head of Iceberg Lettuce. I have very sharp knives. I was only able to get two good 1 inch steaks out of the head of Cauliflower. I mention this only because if you are planning on steaks for presentation, you will need more cauliflower than one head. The two ends were roasted and are equally delicious, but I only have two "steaks" out of one head. This is so good, you might want to make at least two heads of cauliflower anyway......I keep eating the florets right out of the pan! I seasoned this with Garlic Garni (a mixed garlic and pepper seasoning) Again, DELICIOUS! Thanks for a great recipe!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 9, 2015
Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce
This was really good. 4+ Stars. When you are first mixing the cream cheese with the melted butter, it starts to look congealed, which scared me, but I kept whisking it and it came together. Added a whole rotisserie Chicken cut into bite size pieces and some cooked broccoli to the sauce. My men were happy. Thanks for the new recipe!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 7, 2015
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