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*~Lissa~*


*~Lissa~*
 
Home Town: Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA
Living In: Cobb, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Dec. 31, 2014 10:36 pm 
Updated: Jan. 4, 2015 11:29 pm
Not going to lie...I like to bake cookies, brownies, make chocolatey confections and candies, yummy things of that sort.But I really hate when my tasty treats stick, or spread, or get stuck in a pan.  I hate greasing cookie sheets.  I prefer not to use those non-stick sprays.  I get sad when my… MORE
 
 
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From The Blog:  Adventures in Lissa's Kitchen
Crab Rangoons
Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies
Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Biscotti
Easy Cashew Sea Salt Toffee
Crispy Panko Chicken Breasts
  
Country Goulash
Green Beans with Warm Dijon Vinaigrette
Potato Souffle
Cream Cheese Shortbread/Biscuit
Sesame Tahini
About this Cook
I live in beautiful wine country, Northern California, on the edge of state forest. My husband and I are in our 30s and have the most amazing little 1 year old girl. I haven't had as much time in the kitchen since becoming a mom, but I love that she is getting old enough to enjoy my cooking! I enjoy riding my motorcycle and snowboarding, camping, classic and hard rock music, tattoos, singing, and *of course* fiddling in my kitchen! I love trying new recipes and have had fun as an Allrecipes Allstar in the Brand Ambassador program!
My favorite things to cook
Skillet dinners, chicken, vegetables, rice, pasta, cookies, brownies, quick breads, Italian, Asian, mac & cheese, mushroom or broccoli Alfredo, pie-especially apple, pear and chicken pot pie, pork in the crock pot for carnitas or BBQ pulled pork.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents have always had lots of food at family get-togethers! Such a selection of food that there's hardly room for plates at the table: nuts, cheeses, wings, beans, meats, veggies and many other side dishes, cakes, cookies, pies, etc-there's something for everyone! There's no excuse if you go hungry at one of our family functions. There's always good food, drinks, people and laughs :D
My cooking triumphs
It's nice to be able to throw things together on the fly without having to make a trip to the grocery store. Learning the methods of cooking have made it easier and my food tastes better. I never have dry chicken breasts, pork chops or burgers anymore! Dec 2012: I finally made fudge that set properly!
My cooking tragedies
Trying out new recipes that don't taste right or I don't care for. Or turning my back to do 10 things at once and burning something. Mistakes = lessons learned. Sometimes you have to do a little trial-and-error to get something how you like it. I'm still trying to perfect French loaf.
Recipe Reviews 421 reviews
Irresistible Irish Soda Bread
I usually follow a different recipe for Irish Soda Bread, but decided to try this one since it was in the Feb/Mar '15 AR magazine. I was unsure how I'd like it since egg is not traditionally in Irish soda bread. Maybe it's because I live at a slight elevation (~3400') and the egg helped it not get as dry and crumbly as the other recipe, but the texture of this was FABULOUS! Of course, I added a heaping cup of currants as well as some caraway seeds. Delish smeared with Kerrygold Irish butter. Will be making again for sure!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 18, 2015
Chef John's Boston Baked Beans
Not Boston beans like I'm used to. The flavor was not bad, but the consistency was off. I increased the recipe by 50%, to 9 servings, but it was a TON of beans. I served it at a party with about 20 or so people but I was left with more than half of it. I usually love Chef John's recipes, but alas, we can't be on the same page all the time.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 18, 2015
Swedish Meatballs (Svenska Kottbullar)
These were SO good! The only change I made was I doubled the sauce and served it over egg noodles. My toddler gobbled it up! I thought it tasted even better the next day, mmm!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 23, 2015
 
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