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Home Town: Middleton, Idaho, USA
Living In: Nampa, Idaho, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing
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Disgusting!! But sooo worth it!!
About this Cook
Growing up, mom had a tummy condition so she didn't cook with spices. My biggest challenge is figuring out what spices taste like and how to cook with them. Right now, I follow recipes exactly, but I am hoping to learn enough to figure out how to tweak things to our liking.
My favorite things to cook
Everything that has any kind of exotic flavor. My taste buds have been deprived for too many years! lol
My favorite family cooking traditions
I find a recipe online, wrap the laptop in saran wrap, take it into the kitchen, and the kids and I get cooking. We have a blast! If we really like it (or really hate it) then I print it out and add it to our cooking binder.
My cooking triumphs
I've had quite a few of them on Allrecipes!! The kids and I are making our own cook book binder. The front has recipes we like with any changes hand written on them, and the back has recipes we can't stand so that we don't make them again.
My cooking tragedies
If you are trying to grill tortillas by sliding them across the burner on the stove, don't let go of them!! If you drop one, they stick to the burner, burst into flames, smoke like mad, and set off every fire alarm in your house.
Recipe Reviews 34 reviews
Kielbasa with Peppers and Potatoes
Bake It! I have a large family to feed and it would have taken 3-4 skillets to feed everyone, so I adapted. I kept the recipe the same, except doubled the meat - used 1 polish kielbasa and 1 smoked sausage that was already cooked. (Hillshire Farms) Used my Vidala chopper (cheepy from Bed Bath & Beyond) to make quick work of chopping everything. Kept the skin on the potatoes and put them in the large baking pan first. Drizzled with a little oil, sprinkled with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper, then stirred. Added everything else and stirred again. Covered with foil and baked at 375 for 30 minutes, stirring once half way through, until potatoes were done but not mushy. DELISH!! It did not get greasy at all with the pre-cooked sausage and very little oil was needed because the peppers seeped water and the dish was covered to keep it moist. This one is also super easy to double or triple to bag and freeze for a quickie dinner later on. You are chopping anyway, so make another batch or two without adding oil or spices and freeze. I bet this would also be good as a foil packet for camping. :)

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Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2014
Swiss Steak Quick and Easy
I have never had Swiss Steak before, so I may have just been unprepared for what the end result was going to be. I followed it exactly, except added a bell pepper and garlic, and it was GOOD - but tasted like gourmet Hamburger Helper. With cube steak being $6/lb and me feeding 7 people, I could have saved quite a bit of grocery money going a different direction. Again, good recipe, just not the "wow" factor for the cost. Back when cube steak was cheap I may have had a completely different opinion about the recipe. :)

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Reviewed On: Jul. 26, 2014
BBQ Ranch Bacon Cheeseburgers
Family ate them up!! Be sure to make plenty to go around. I don't know if my grill is psycho, my burger meat is inferior, or I just can't get the combo of the two right. I followed instructions and cooked the patties, waiting for juices to appear on the surface, but they never did. The first batch was a charred disaster! Instead, I set my grill to low, cooked about 6 minutes on one side, 3 minutes on the other, then moved the patties to the top warmer grill to add bacon and cheese for melting. That worked! Excellent recipe, just may need cooking adjustments depending on your grill. ;-)

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Reviewed On: Jul. 13, 2014
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