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 75 reviews
Milly's Oatmeal Brownies
5 Stars from my Men and they have gotten very critical due to how much I bake! I followed the recipe exactly, but did not add any chocolate chips or fruit or nuts. Lightly sprinkled cinnamon sugar on the raw dough before baking. Used Butter Pam to coat the pan, no flour. Per another Reviewer, Cooked it for 20 min. at 350 and 8 additional minutes at 325. The house smelled amazing. Half the tray is already gone! Thanks for a great recipe!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 10, 2015
Focaccia Bread
Made exactly as written and there wasn't a lot of flavor, but the texture was really good. I would make it again using only fresh herbs and cheese and more salt.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2015
Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas
Delicious, but I tweaked it based on what I had in the house! Very forgiving recipe. You could alter it to be much hotter or very mild for little kids. I love that! I only used 8 oz. of Cream Cheese (all I had) and then added 1/2 cup of Non Fat Greek Yogurt. I forgot the Cilantro and green onions. Didn't miss either. I used most of a Costco Chicken that I had pulled the white meat off the bird and shredded. I used Costco Shredded Jack and Cheddar Cheese, (all I had)! I made the filling mixture earlier in the day and refrigerated it until I was ready to assemble. It let the flavors come together. You could absolutely make the whole thing in advance, drop to room temperature, and then bake for dinner! I'm really happy with the way it came out. DH ate two huge plates. I served it with Mexican Rice and a Fresh Corn, Red Onion and Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Garlic. Tons for left overs. This was really good. Thank you for a recipe that was totally different from what I usually make!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 13, 2015
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