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Joined Date: Mar 15, 2009
Birthday: Oct 24
Reviewed Pots de Creme a L'Orange
"I am wondering if those who reviewed this previously were following the recipe?? If you did not use semi-sweet chocolate chips(as Ree did) this likely would be bitter . . . I made this recipe but had bitter-sweet chocolate, so added about 4 Tbs of honey and also used Cointreaux instead of Gran Marnier -- loved the texture and the flavor -- really ""
Reviewed Pork Carnitas
"we LOVED this recipe!! Thanks, Melissa! My husband is not overly fond of crock-pot food - he proclaimed this the best thing to ever come out of my crock-pot!! I cooked it on low for 7 hours and it was falling apart and very juicy -- I did add a teaspoon of smoked paprika to the rub and it was smokey and tasty!!""
Reviewed Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs
"Loved this recipe - subbed bone-in pork chops for the ribs - less fatty and also doubled the polenta using 1c milk, 1c h&h and 2 c chicken stock for the liquid to cut down a little on fat. Also added some smoked paprika to the pork.""
Reviewed Real Margaritas
"I LOVE this recipe - have made it many times - most recently a mango variation - use 1/2 cup triple sec or cointreaux and 1 cup mango nectar in place of the 1 cup of triple sec. They were amazing!! Also - you must get a citrus press for this recipe - it looks like a double ice cream scoop - takes less than 5 mins to get your limes squeezed - Targe""
Reviewed The Shrimp Cocktail
"OMG!! This was soooo easy and tasted great! - I used frozen shrimp - tail-on shelled and deveined and put 'em in the brine to thaw - worked wonderfully and no fussing w/ shells.
The sauce was really good - liked it better than ketchup based, but I put in more horseradish. You must make this over the summer!!"
I grew up in Iowa and come from a loooong line of great home cooks and bakers and have always loved creating things in the kitchen. My culinary horizons expanded after I met my husband - he grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and his parents took him to wonderful gourmet restaurants with some top chefs from the time he was a youngster.
We met when we were both living and working in Dallas, Tx and both love and miss really good Tex-Mex food. We moved to NYC in '97 and literally have the world at our fingertips food-wise. I moonlighted working for Delta Air Lines and my husband worked a few summers in Italy, so we have been able to travel in Europe and enjoy great food there as well.
A few years ago I had to stop working because of health issues (have had lupus since I was 14) and now, cooking has become my physical and emotional therapy.
The only foods that I don't like are chicken feet and pig ear and I am not wild about injera (Ethiopian bread) Vietnamese, Thai, Italian, French, Tex-Mex, Comfort, Southern - I love 'em ALL.
I am kinda famous for my Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas, Bolognese Sauce and Scones of several varieties. I love to cook big pots of chili, tuscan veggie soup - cold weather cooking is probably my favorite - although I LOVE the summer bounty at the farmer's market, with greens and heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella w/ basil . . .
My favorite restaurant in NYC - how do I pick!?! Saigon Grill for Vietnamese, Po or Gennaro for Italian -- and waaaay too many more to list them all!