*~Lissa~* Profile - Allrecipes.com (18893755)


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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Aug. 31, 2013 2:46 pm 
Updated: Sep. 10, 2013 6:12 pm
I'm not a red meat eater.  I eat it very rarely.  I'd never even cooked it myself other than making corned beef at St Patricks Day.  I stopped eating it when I was an early teen.  It just started becoming unappetizing to me.  I didn't like the taste of it or the look of it.  Then I took a few… MORE
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From The Blog:  Adventures in Lissa's Kitchen
Crispy Panko Chicken Breasts
Country Goulash
Green Beans with Warm Dijon Vinaigrette
Potato Souffle
Cream Cheese Shortbread/Biscuit
Sesame Tahini
Mexican Chocolate FroYo
Lentil Tacos - very good!
Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
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 415 reviews
Easy Cashew Sea Salt Toffee
oh man, oh man, oh man! I love toffee, and this is sooooo easy that it might turn out to be dangerous, lol! I wasn't sure that I'd like all the nuts (usually I only like them on the top, not in the toffee itself), but the cashews were so buttery they were the perfect compliment. Will be making this again and again for sure! Oh BTW, I only had Diamond Crystal's Kosher salt and it was still terrific, obviously!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 25, 2014
Crispy Panko Chicken Breasts
These are excellent, and rather quick to make! I flip them once I see the chicken turning white on the edges of the top side (about 3-4 minutes), then another 3-4 minutes. They come out crispy, juicy, and perfectly cooked. The reason this doesn't get 5* from me is that seasonings get lost when mixed with breadcrumbs. If you want truly delicious chicken, season it directly. I season both sides of the pounded breasts, rub with a sprinkle of flour, then dip in egg, and finally plain panko. Trust me, this method makes a difference.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 23, 2014
Honey Mustard Chicken
My rating is for the sauce, as I used boneless chicken breast and changed the method a bit (seasoned chicken, sauteed to brown, then added sauce and finished in oven for maybe 15-20 minutes). The reason I gave 4/5 is the honey-Dijon doesn't click right for me; I think yellow deli mustard goes better perhaps? Loved the apricot jam in there! Also added a sprinkle of red pepper flakes across the chicken before placing in the oven. Served with curried couscous and peas, and naan brushed with garlic butter. Thanks, will try again!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 19, 2014
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