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Member Since: Aug. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
Growing up with two picky eaters in the family (my father and sister), food was always delicious but variety was low. I'm not a sophisticated chef, but I heed the advice to "approach love and cooking with reckless abandon." I'm always trying something new, and it's pretty rare that, leftovers aside, we have the same meal twice in a month. I'm especially fond of recipes that are cheap, healthy, and don't involve using canned soup or jarred this, that or the other - I like everything as from scratch as possible. One dish wonders are my absolute favorite - come on, you know you don't like to clean up more than one pot either!
My favorite things to cook
Anything I can use my Le Creuset dutch ovens/cookware to make. I'm a HUGE Le Creuset snob, and luckily have a family that is willing to support my cassis colored habit (when sales roll around).
My favorite family cooking traditions
Chocolate Chip Cookies, The Very Best Meatloaf in the World (I'll never share the recipes to either of those, btw).
My cooking triumphs
My very first stuffed holiday Turkey was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! It was a 16 lb mammoth because that was the smallest thawed turkey I could find the night before company rolled in. People are still talking about it a year later, it was that good.
My cooking tragedies
Hummus :(. It seems so simple, but I've been too ashamed to retry after my decidedly epic fail.
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Tomato-Mint Quinoa Salad
We really enjoyed this salad. Made it once as written, once with some changes (I much prefer it with the changes, husband liked it either way). I prefer grape tomatoes in this salad. I do think it's important to use red onion rather than yellow (recipe just says "onion"), as the sweet yellow I used on the first go round was way too much. I used half a giant red onion on the second go and was much happier. We also ran out of parsley so we didn't have any the second time, and I didn't think it was a big deal, though would probably be best with the parsley. I will caution that this is a LOT of chopping, which isn't so bad if you're not short on time, or if you've got extra hands. I've mixed a bit of shredded chicken in as well as an after thought and loved it. Lovely recipe, thanks for sharing!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 9, 2012
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Best way to get your green veg EVER. My husband and I already liked brussel sprouts, but I was feeling kinda blah about steaming them every time. This recipe is the way to go - we never have left overs brussel sprouts this way because we keep snacking at them the rest of the night. They are nutty and delicious this way. We usually go for one dish wonders for dinner, but whenever we don't this is our go to side dish.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 1, 2012
Pan-Fried Mustard Mayonnaise Tilapia
This is probably my favorite way to eat Tilapia - though, I have to say, I did change something. Ugh, I know, reviewing when you change something is a cardinal sin. Anyway, in an effort to be healthy, I used all the same ingredients (but I switched to fat free mayo, though there's probably nothing healthy about that either) and I broiled it rather than frying. Delicious. Looking at another reviewer who washed her fish and dried it with a paper towel to get the coating to stick, I may try doing that and then frying, as I was finding that the coating didn't stick very well on my attempt.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 1, 2012

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