*~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
Sweet and Spicy Pork Chop with Grapefruit Salsa
Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Salsa
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Orzo w/ Parmesan and Basil
Hearty Minestrone
Glazed Delicata Squash
Roasted Delicata
Green Bean & Artichoke Casserole
Creamy Roasted Parsnip Soup
"1-2-3 Jambalaya"
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 410 reviews
Sweet and Spicy Salmon with Grapefruit Salsa
Rating is for the rub and salsa because I made this with pork chops instead of salmon. Rub was pretty good! Not very spicy, and not sure where the 'sweet' was because the salsa was bitter. we learned we do not like grapefruit salsa; for us it is best served with breakfast. Thanks for the try though.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 30, 2014
Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce
This was very good. I dinged a star because, although good, the salsa was very plain so I ended up adding minced onion and garlic and a squirt of lime juice as well as a pinch of salt. The other reason for not giving 5* is I prefer my carnitas to be shredded pork. The flavor was fine and the cooking method was simple enough though - much faster than my usual crock pot pulled pork.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 30, 2014
Janet's Rich Banana Bread
Absolutely moist...BUT, the sliced bananas are unpleasant both aesthetically and texturally. Next time I will mash them up, which will better distribute the banana flavor as well. Oh, I skipped the nuts and added chocolate chips ;) UPDATE: I made this again! FIVE STARS with the banana mashed before being folded into the batter. I made 3 mini loaves with the intent to give some away but we ate it all, it was sooo good! This will be my go-to banana bread recipe now!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 19, 2014
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