lucylove Profile - (11125960)


Living In: Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Boating, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Jul. 22, 2012 10:46 pm 
Updated: Jul. 29, 2012 5:23 pm
I promised that I'd tell you how to get other people to cook for you. Here's how it's done. First, you're going to need a boat. Although any nice set of stairs will do the trick. But really, a boat is best.  About a month ago we had our boat moved from the Great White North (Puget Sound) down… MORE
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Turkey Sandwich, Anyone?
Blake Jedi (2 1/2)
Asian Lettuce Wraps with Lime Cilantro Rice and Napa Cabbage.
New Townie
About this Cook
I'm a young retiree, happily settling into the Florida lifestyle with my husband, Steve, a retired Naval officer. After 10 years of living on opposite coasts, we're now 2 minutes from our son and his family, including our 4 grandsons, ages 3-11. We love going to their soccer and football games, and they get really cranky if they don't get to see Nana and Papa every week. Bliss! Since moving here in January 2011, we've really embraced the lighter side of life, from cooking to cleanup. That means grilling, of course, and Steve has taken to it with a vengeance. I've risen to the challenge by thinking of new things to grill (new for us, anyway) and new ways to do it. We're having a ball. In May 2011 I was diagnosed with Gluten Intolerance. Bummer. But I'm making the best of it, cooking so much more from scratch than ever before, and loving the tastes and textures of this fresher way of cooking. Allrecipes is my homepage!
My favorite things to cook
All-day meat sauce for pasta. No, seriously! There's just something so satisfying and visceral about it. Maybe it's the aroma filling my home. Maybe it's the tinkering. You know; taste, add a pinch of this, a dash of that. Have some wine. Repeat. I think it's the purest expression of love from a cook. I like to invite others to taste and make suggestions. Of course, there's no recipe for this at all! It's just a labor of love, and the slow, easy pace is like catnip, enticing guests to come join in and linger in the kitchen. Heaven! UPDATE: There IS a recipe for this now; Mock Bolognese Sauce, in my Recipe Box. Take a peek.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We used to have many, all centered around Thanksgiving. 2 kinds of cranberry sauce; one homemade, the other slices from a can. Yes, I know, but my mother thinks it's the bomb. Green bean casserole, always from cans. Aunt Shirley's extra-fluffy mashed potatoes. Sadly, most of my mother's sibs are gone now, but I'm making new traditions with my son, who is one fearless cook! We've finally celebrated a holiday season that doesn't include a plane trip, enjoying our Florida weather so much that we skipped the formal dinner in favor of a pool party, complete with ribs, potato salad and baked beans. We may have started a new tradition of our own.
My cooking triumphs
Chicken Tacos, making it up as I went. Turned out so good, so perfectly seasoned, I had to write it down so I could do it again. Simple? You bet! Lame, for sure, but that's the dish that taught me to just 'go for it!' and helped me shed my fears of working without a net (recipe). I've had many successes since then, but that one dish will always be my reminder that this isn't rocket science, it's cooking! The worst thing that can happen if I screw up completely is that we go out for dinner, and that's not so bad!
My cooking tragedies
Oh, they are legion. But as with my triumphs, one stands alone. Whipped cream! The very first time I made it I was a young bride, eager to impress my groom. It's cream and sugar, what could go wrong? Plenty, as I found out. First, it's a bad idea to turn your hand mixer to HIGH and plunge it into a bowl of cream. Take my word for it. After I washed down the walls and took a shower, I opened another carton of cream and did better. For a minute or two. Very soon I found myself calling my mother to ask what these little yellow things in my whipped cream were. "Butter," she replied, then explained to me the mechanics of churning butter. We didn't have freshly whipped cream that night, but the next morning we had plenty of sweet butter for our biscuits (from a can!). My mother and I both love to share this tale, as almost every bride has a similar story to tell, of tragedy and mother's love. It's humbling and comforting at the same time.
Recipe Reviews 122 reviews
Best Bread Machine Bread
This bread made me throw away the recipe book that came with my new bread machine. I've made it twice and highly recommend it, with a minor tweak. As written, it's pretty close to my memory of Wonder Bread, extremely light and very fluffy. Just a tiny bit too fluffy for me. The second batch I baked using LUBSY's variation for a whole wheat loaf. Check the "most helpful" reviews, it's at or near the top. This was a better match for my taste. We prefer Arnold's/Oroweat brands, and the whole wheat variation is spot on. I screwed up and forgot the dry milk. It still rocked. The next time I make a white loaf, I'll follow LUBSY's ingredient list using White Whole Wheat flour + Bread flour. I'm sure it will be perfection, too. Thanks to SHECOOKS2 and LUBSY... this is wonderful daily sandwich bread, the best I've ever baked. There will be no other in my house. Can't wait to add hot cereal to it for a multi-grain loaf.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2014
Take Out-Style Fried Rice
This is a good recipe with the right proportions, but I think the instruction to scramble the eggs first is unnecessary. I made a well in the rice, added a small squirt of oil, poured the beaten egg into the well and scrambled it with my hoak. Then I added the soy sauce, salt & pepper, and tossed it all together. I only used 1 egg, but it was a Large one. 2 Medium eggs would be about right for 4 cups of rice. I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could, but as written, it loses a star for the extra, unneeded step of scrambling the egg and removing it from the pan. I think scrambling it last keeps it tender, where letting it rest for 5 minutes may make it a little chewy. Otherwise, excellent recipe for straight up fried rice.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 28, 2014
Basic Spicy Tomato Sauce
é miracoloso! This is so close to my own tomato sauce that I can confidently give it 5 stars, with the warning that as written, it's not a thick sauce. Cook it down or add a small can of tomato paste to thicken it. Mine has minor tweaks, a bit more of this, a little less of that. It is my go-to Italian sauce, and the base for so many foods. From shells to spaghetti to lasagne, this is it. Adding ground beef & sausage makes a lovely meat sauce. It is wonderful on pizza. Add cream for a tomato cream sauce, or make that cream sauce alla Vodka. Seriously, you'll never buy jarred sauce again, not when homemade is so much better and so easy.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 9, 2014
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