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I love to cook and entertain. Of course, the main part of entertaining is sharing good food with good freinds. I'm also a recipe and cookbook junkie. I don't think there's any real help for cooking junkies, hence, here I am checking out your recipes.    In addition to cooking, I love photography so BigOven keeps me in tune with both of my hobbies.   

I've started a food blog and having fun with that.  It includes many of the recipes that I've added here.  Hope you visit sometime.  kcinazcooks is the site.

Love grilling most anything, especially steaks, chicken, lamb and seafood.  I cook with a gas stove, gas indoor grill and for outdoor cooking have a gas grill and seperate electric smoker.  I have been having fun experimenting with different types of appetizers.  I was challenged early in life to learn how to cook.  My mother was teaching me how to make fried chicken and I accidentally rolled the chicken in powdered sugar instead of flour.  I think I was 15 or 16 at the time.  This lesson taught me to experiment with cooking and not to get too upset when something doesn't turn out great the first time. Usually a little adaptation will make it work.

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Sauteed Green Beans with Almonds & Mushrooms

Sauteed Green Beans with Almonds & Mushrooms

This is one of my regular holiday side dishes. Easy to make and flavorful. Make sure not to overcook and serve al dente. — KCinAZ 12/2/2013
Panko Bourbon Chicken

Panko Bourbon Chicken

Sometimes a dish doesn't turn out the same the second time. Thinking what was different? I didn't use a measure spoon and just guessed. Won't do that again! It may have had too much brown sugar or too much soy the second time. Was more rich if that is what your wanting to achieve. Still good, but competed in flavor with the oriental rice. Go with white or brown rice to not lose the flavor of the sauce. — KCinAZ 10/30/2013
Karen's Seafood Ceviche (40- 1/4 cup servings)

Karen's Seafood Ceviche (40- 1/4 cup servings)

This is the creepy picture version of a very good Seafood Ceviche. This batch is very large and is why the prep time is so high. I will add 1/2 recipe version later. If resizing do not reduce the amount of lemon, lime and salt. Just pour off the excess juice prior to serving. — KCinAZ 10/27/2013
Drunkin Sautéed Mushrooms Over Grilled Halibut

Drunkin Sautéed Mushrooms Over Grilled Halibut

Another Drunkin Dish by KCinAZ. A nice sautéed mushrooms, fresh orange and sweet savory combination over Grilled Halibut. Hope you give it a try. The alcohol does cook away but you can substitute apple juice if you do not stock wine or whiskey. — KCinAZ 9/27/2013
Drunkin Yellow Fin

Drunkin Yellow Fin

We loved this Yellow Fin Tuna. It does have liquor in the marinate but that will cook away. If you don't drink spirits leave out the last touch of Crown Royal added while the tuna rests. You could use a squeeze of lemon and a spray of olive oil instead. Another Drunkin recipe by KCinAZ — KCinAZ 8/27/2013
Beef Tenderloin, Port Mushroom Gravy and Red Potatoes -  Date Night Dinner

Beef Tenderloin, Port Mushroom Gravy and Red Potatoes - Date Night Dinner

This was made up for dinner last evening and it turned dinner into a mini date night for me and the hubby. Beef tenderloin cooked medium rare served with port mushroom beef gravy and small boiled red potatoes. It's not difficult but is really has a nice presentation. Make sure to follow the plating directions to make it even that more special. A lot of the taste is in the visual presentation. Substitute beef sirloin for a savings. — KCinAZ 7/4/2013
Chicken Gemelli with Mushrooms

Chicken Gemelli with Mushrooms

This is a quick to prepare chicken pasta dinner that has nice eye appeal and delicate flavor. It is recommended to use Francis Coppola Gemelli pasta that can be purchased online at their wine website. But you can always just use a nice wide egg noodle instead. Enjoy. Posted by KCinAZ — KCinAZ 6/26/2013
Date Nut Pinwheel Cookies

Date Nut Pinwheel Cookies

One of my favorite cookie recipes especially for holiday baking. I know it's early but I couldn't resist because I'm making it for a Christmas in July party if I can find the dates. Keep this in mind for your next cookie baking. — KCinAZ 6/18/2013
Green Chili Burritos Enchilada Style

Green Chili Burritos Enchilada Style

This is a new version for chicken burritos but a more traditional Mexican dish using canned green chilies, green chili sauce and Mexican Cheese. When camping I actually cook it on a gas grill at 350. This dish is excellent and I always get comments on how good it is. Hope you like it. — KCinAZ 6/4/2013
Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

Got several requests for twice baked potatoes for Memorial Day weekend dinner today. Menu of steak, twice baked potatoes, corn on the cob and Scott's famous Port Sauteed Mushrooms. This was my first time making twice baked potatoes and I was surprised they turned out so good. Even the vegetarian said these were awesome. Now will become a regular since my hubby loves twice baked potatoes. — KCinAZ 5/27/2013
Panko Bourbon Chicken

Panko Bourbon Chicken

Hubby went back for seconds and said 'yes' let's have this again. This recipe is adapted from several others that inspired it. I love using new cooking methods to change up a recipe. Imagine KCinAZ Cooks. — KCinAZ 5/12/2013
Pierogi ruskie

Pierogi ruskie

Is there a way to get an English translation of the recipe? Looks great — Elkocyk 4/7/2013
Cherry Tomatoes Filled with Basil Cream Cheese

Cherry Tomatoes Filled with Basil Cream Cheese

These tasty basil cream cheese cherry tomatoes are wonderful and a great appetiser. They dont transport real well to take as an appetiser to a party but if careful and set you platter up right they will make it. Make sure to put back in fridge for at least an hour after making so they can set for transporting. Always a hit. — KCinAZ 3/31/2013
Italian Breaded Salmon Fillets

Italian Breaded Salmon Fillets

Again another break through for me. I can now cook fish fillet just the way I like it. Hubby said it was very tasty. — KCinAZ 3/19/2013
Tuscan Style Lemon Chicken

Tuscan Style Lemon Chicken

This was a really tasty variation on spices for how I typically prepare moist chicken breast for dinner. Fresh lemon juice, Tuscan Italian Seasoning and Garlic Salt made for a nicely flavored dish. While the chicken is baking you can then prepare any side dish to go with it. — KCinAZ 2/21/2013
Chicken Milanese - Breaded Chicken Cutlets

Chicken Milanese - Breaded Chicken Cutlets

This is the first time that I have made a breaded anything where the breading was still there when I finished frying the meat. The Chicken Milanese was wonderful. It was tender and juicy yet the coating was crispy fine. I only made 1/2 recipe for two. The only change I made was olive oil and just a touch of butter. Hubby said it was very tasty. We will definetely make again. Thanks for the recipe. — sgrishka 2/14/2013
Rosemary Sage Pork Chops

Rosemary Sage Pork Chops

Eventhough I didnt have fresh herbs, I made the dish using dried herbs and cooked according to directions. Substituted 2 T Crown Royal instead of Vermouth for the reduction in the last 1 1/2 minutes of cooking. Turned out very nicely inspite of not having fresh herbs. I uploaded a picture of the dinner, too. — sgrishka 2/12/2013
Asiago Cheese & Tomato Bruschetta

Asiago Cheese & Tomato Bruschetta

Made 1/2 recipe of Asiago Cheese & Tomato Bruschetta as a appetizer dinner last night for 2. Served with rolled smoked ham, 1/2 recipe of Rice Stuffed Mushrooms with Almonds & Parmesan Cheese, plus 1/4 recipe of Stuffed Mushrooms with Sweet Italian Sausage, Goat Cheese & Figs. Made for a fun dinner. Loved the flavor combinations. — KCinAZ 2/7/2013
Grilled Teriyaki Glazed Yellow Fin Tuna

Grilled Teriyaki Glazed Yellow Fin Tuna

The glaze of this marinade is very tasty but since the steaks were too thick I had trouble getting it to cook throughout without over cooking the outside. Hint: make sure the Yellow Fin Tuna steak is no thicker than 1 inch to ensure that it is tender and tasty. [I posted this recipe] — KCinAZ 2/6/2013
Karen's Greek Rice

Karen's Greek Rice

This has been one of my long standing side dishes. Usually I make if from memory and dont measure. It's a great side dish for chicken, pork or fish. Taste the hot broth after adding spices. You can always add more salt or Greek spice if necessary. [I posted this recipe.] Only rate 4 because I need to test again after the changes I made to the measurements. — KCinAZ 2/6/2013

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1 years ago    KCinAZ

Just added one of my favorites; Roast Beef Tenderloin. Could be done on grill as well. May add that recipe later. Would just change the cooking method not the seasoning.

1 years ago    KCinAZ

One of my favorite cooking guides is "Timing is Everything" by Jack Piccolo. Anytime I dont have a specific recipe direction on cook time, oven temp, etc I refer to this book and it has never failed me.

1 years ago    KCinAZ

Started adding some of my staple and family recipes from my computer.

1 years ago    KCinAZ

I absolutely love BigOven. My recipes go everywhere with me whether it's on my phone, at the cabin or anywhere on vacation.

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