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Reviewed Italian Meatloaf
"Yummy! The olive oil and stirring technique are so important! I admit it: I subbed green peppers for red, but I think it was a quirk that worked for us. Michale remains my hero!"
Reviewed Glazed Carrots
"Well, it's probably my fault that I fussed a little with this recipe. I couldn't help myself! I added a teeny, tiny bit of whiskey (guess I thought it would help the odd combo of ginger ale and chili powder) and it was shot to you-know-where. Ended with an icky aftertaste and an unexpected color. I'm not so sure it was a great recipe to begin with, but others have liked it. I will try it again, but MUST STICK TO RECIPE!"
"I did this recipe the first time in a heart-shaped pan paired with pink mashed potatoes for Valentine's Day! Hubby looked at me with a new LUST for me and meatloaf: THANKS, PAULA! My changes were minor: 1/4 cup oats & 1/4 cup bread crumbs as opposed to 1/2 cup oats. I also added a little olive oil to keep it moist and drained it off before serving, worked like a charm. NOTE: I made it again and forgot the can of tomatoes - huge mistake! Video says 350 oven, web says 375... 350 was much better :)"
Reviewed Slow-Cooker Brisket Sandwiches
"The butcher was out of brisket!! I got a yummy roast instead, and it worked... but you can't really achieve that fall-aparty-ness everyone loves with that cut and the "6-hour quickie" plan. Hubby still loved it. I made it a sandwich with onion rolls and coleslaw in the sandwich. Makes a great next-day meal in his lunch box, too. Plan to back off the red wine vinegar and kick up the tomato next time, or maybe more balance will be achieved with brown sugar? No matter what, this one will see my dining room table again :)"
Reviewed Cocktail Meatballs
"These were a huge hit at my football party! I kept them warm in the slow cooker and people kept asking if I got 'em from a restaurant.. A few things: Make sure you really do mince the onions super tiny, don't make the balls too big, and enlist a helper during the frying. It was kinda hard to pull the last few steps together without an extra set of hands, which was nice because it is something easy hubby can do in the kitchen. Delicious!
My husband inspires me to cook... I really like it when he says "mmm." I also like the quiet of cooking, and especially the peace that comes when everything is coming together just right. I enjoy entertaining and serving something new to me (a new recipe, flavor) each time someone comes over. Rick Bayless & Michale Chiarello are favorites, but if I want something sure-fire everytime, I go to Paula or Emeril. That said, I change the recipe... I can't help myself!
I enjoy cooking just about anything, except fish because it stinks up our little house. I'm not famous for anything, but my husband enjoys my deviled eggs. My favorite restaurants are too numerous to count, but a few: Haven Gastropub, Fogo de Chao, anything French, Arnone's Little Italy, Francolli. Mostly, I just have favorite dishes at every place :)