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North Bend, WA, US

I love to cook!

Recent Reviews

Re:Herb-Butter Roasted Turkey with Pinot Noir Gravy

I was only looking for a good gravy to eat with mashed potatoes and fried chicken I made. I did not have an Pinot Noir wine, though everything else I followed to a "T". It was EXCELLENT! I will definnetly make this anytime I need a gravy. Also, I did not have pan drippings of any kind, because I pressure cooked the chicken. It was as I said before, excellent!

Posted: 11:04 pm on June 18th 2011

Re:Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Shallots

Hands down, the BEST mashed potatoes I have ever made or had. This recipe was SUPERB and I will make it again. I did not have creme fresh, and based on the cost of it I substituted it with sour cream. I also do not like potato ricers, so I smushed the potatoes in the pot I cooked them in, added the wet ingredients and then used an immersion blender to finish the job. FANTASTIC!

Posted: 11:00 pm on June 18th 2011

Re:Bacon and Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese

BEST macaroni and cheese I have ever made, or had. I had pancetta I needed to use so I used pancetta instead of bacon. Everything else I followed to a "T". I was cooking fried chicken along with mashed potatoes so I ended up throwing the macaroni and cheese into the oven, I now understand why they suggest serving it immediately. It was still amazing, though a little drier than when I initially cooked it. I will ABSOLUTELY make this again and again and again. PS - My husband calls this "Mac n' Crack" ;-)

Posted: 10:52 pm on June 18th 2011

Re:Chicken and Dumplings

BEST Chicken and Dumplings I've ever made. Husband called them "decadent". The broth was thick and rich. Dumplings were dense and excellent! A few things I did differently than called for: I only used 5 cups of chicken broth, I added about 1 cup of corn and 1 cup of green beans, and I did not use the parsley because I did not have any on hand. Next time I will double the dumpling recipe. Dinner was fantastic!

Posted: 10:17 pm on June 11th 2011

Re:Grilled Salmon Steaks with Sea Salt, Chile & Lime Butter

Two thumbs up. We eat Salmon quite often, as it's readily available here in The NW. We will definitely use this recipe again, it's a real show stopper and very simple to make! I put all the ingredients in my Kitchenaid Mixer and let it run, scraping the sides a few times. Perfect!

Posted: 11:18 pm on June 5th 2011

Re:Banana Cream Pie

Great recipe. I looked up other recipes on Food Network and such and they all called for store bought pudding, I wanted something I made from top to bottom. Pie was a hit at our dinner party, husband had seconds. Will make again!

Posted: 11:24 am on May 31st 2011

Re:Rough Puff Pastry for Chicken Pot Pie

EXCELLENT! Easy, simple, and extremely tasty. I will absolutely use this recipe again for future meals.

Posted: 10:03 am on May 27th 2011

Re:Chicken Pot Pie

Absolutely the BEST pot pies! I used the rustic pie crust recipe, and it was also fantastic. The only things I did differently than what the recipe called for was I used boneless skinless thighs and baked them off prior to adding the vegetables to a sheet pan. I did throw all the vegetables in a large skillet for about 10 minutes prior to putting them with the chicken on the sheet pan in the oven. I made 4 pies with the recipe, so if you're serving it for a dinner party, I'd make a double recipe to ensure everyone has enough (my husband finished his entire serving) and some to take home if they'd like; believe me they will! ;-) Everything turned out exceptionally well. Another hit from Fine Cooking!

Posted: 09:59 am on May 27th 2011

Re:Grilled Fish Tacos

Absolutely hands down the best fish tacos I have ever had! My husband was floored. I used Cod, being that Halibut is $22.99/pound and Cod is $6.99/pound. I marinated the fillet for about 6 hours before throwing it on the grill. I also made the Cilantro Sour Cream Sauce about 8 hours in advance, so the flavors could mend. I did use homemade mayonnaise in the sauce, though it didn't have any depth of flavor so I added about a tablespoon of vinegar, a tablespoon of garlic powder and about a teaspoon of kosher salt. It ended up excellent. I will absolutely make it again. It's a crowd pleaser and my husband couldn't stop telling me how wonderful it was.

Posted: 12:50 pm on May 26th 2011

Re:Bittersweet Chocolate Pots de Crème

Excellent recipe. Will make many times more. Only makes enough for two people, so I will make a double or triple recipe when I make it for company.

Posted: 09:33 am on February 16th 2011