Joanie Profile - (1122819)

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Home Town: Homewood, Illinois, USA
Living In: Conroe, Texas, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I'm a transplanted Chicagoan now living in Texas - specifically, north of Houston. I love to cook and really enjoy trying new recipes. All Recipes is my favorite recipe web site and I refer to it at least once a week if not more. If you can't find it here, you won't find it anywhere!
My favorite things to cook
My husband is a native Texan so I love experimenting with southern style recipes. BBQ is VERY big in Texas so I tend to do alot of BBQing. I'm still trying to find that PERFECT rib recipe but have had alot of fun along the way making many of the BBQ rib recipes here on All Recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother's family is Polish and every Christmas Eve we had a traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner of smoked and fresh polish sausage, baked halibut in a cream sauce, a special soup called a borsh with boiled potatoes, saurekraut and lima beans along with a yeast bread made with Czarnuszka, a black caraway seed (although it doesn't taste like caraway at all). The meal may not sound too appetizing in print but it is truly delicious! And such a tradition in our family!
My cooking triumphs
This should say "My Life's Triumphs". There is not much I would say I'm truly good at but cooking and baking is one where I am quite talented. Give me a recipe and I will follow it to the tee the first time around. The second time I'll make adjustments based on my past cooking experiences.
My cooking tragedies
Ha! Too many to list here! It's all trial and error.
Recipe Reviews 21 reviews
Scrumptious Salisbury Steak in Mushroom Gravy
I love this dish and make it often. I follow the recipe but add a few potatoes that have been microwaved a few minutes, slice them then let them finish cooking in the gravy after the patties are added back to the pan.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 10, 2014
Grilled Delmonico Steaks
This recipe has waaay too much salt! I should of read the reviews before I ruined 2 expensive steaks. There was no way I could eat the steak - it was so salty. I'm not sure I would make this again but if I did, I would omit the salt and the steak seasoning, and use only 2 T of soy sauce.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 14, 2011
Warm Crab Parmesan Dip
EXCELLENT! I will make this again and again! A few suggestions: do not use canned crab meat - get the good stuff from the seafood section. Also, make sure you use shredded parm cheese - not that stuff in a can. It will make a big difference.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 30, 2010
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