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  • Joined August, 2011
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I live in the Houston, TX area, and love to cook for my family - husband, son and daughter.

My challenge is always to tweak a recipe to serve both meat-eaters (husband) and vegetarians (me)!

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Penne rosa with mushrooms/shrimp

Penne rosa with mushrooms/shrimp

A new favorite for us. The sauce was delicious, and the texture excellent with the yogurt. A healthy, satisfying meal! (We kept shrimp separate so this was a vegetarian dish for me, seafood for the husband). We had NO leftovers! — kicaza 9/19/2012
Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken/Cannellini Beans (kicaza)

Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken/Cannellini Beans (kicaza)

We made this for dinner last night - both the chicken and the vegetarian version (with white beans) were delicious. We will make again soon! — kicaza 1/20/2012
Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken

Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken

We loved this! I also made a vegetarian version using white beans, let them marinate just the same way with a few drops of liquid smoke. They came out DELICIOUS! 1/20/2012
Black Bean, Avocado, Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Black Bean, Avocado, Cucumber and Tomato Salad

A new favorite salad in our home! We ate it too quickly to get a good picture... but plan on making again tonight. Picture coming soon! — kicaza 1/5/2012
Meyer Lemon Pasta

Meyer Lemon Pasta

This is a new favorite in our house! Fresh and savory. Great way to use the Meyer lemons from our back yard, but would also work well with other lemons and probably even limes! — kicaza 1/5/2012
Weight Watcher's Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup

Weight Watcher's Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup

We've never done WW, but LOVE this soup. Add cannelini beans to make it more hearty! — kicaza 11/22/2011
Mamou's Baked Chicken

Mamou's Baked Chicken

This is an easy favorite from my great grandmother's recipe box. The skin gets nice and crispy, and the juice is perfect for spooning over your mashed potatoes. My great grandmother was an excellent cook, and this was one of her staple meals. — kicaza 11/22/2011
Bacon wrapped chicken

Bacon wrapped chicken

My husband loved these. I made a vegetarian version (well, kind of) by rubbing a small bit of liquid smoke on portobello strips (removed gills first), then dipping them into the same brown sugar/chili powder mix. They weren't pretty, but were DELICIOUS. Could be made more presentable with a sprinkle of paremsan or chopped parsley. For the chicken: my husband doesn't like soggy/moist bacon, so we ended up cooking a little longer on a higher temp to crisp the bacon. (After the recommended cooking time, turned it up to 400 and cooked for about 10-15 min). — jzopf 11/21/2011
Crock Pot Black Beans

Crock Pot Black Beans

Black beans are a favorite in our home. A first food for the little ones, and a favorite all around. This recipe is a great "base", and we store the beans to use in place of canned beans, or use it as a bean soup. Best served with rice and fresh fruit (and a wedge of cheese!!). — kicaza 11/18/2011
Pumpkin Pie Dip

Pumpkin Pie Dip

I took this to our family's annual Halloween dinner and trick-or-treating party last night. It is delcious! Tastes just like pumpkin pie, only not as thick. We dipped apples and ginger snaps as suggested, I think other cut fruit would work well too (bananas and pineapples, for example). — CookingPassion 11/1/2011
Cheese Ravioli with Fresh Tomato and Artichoke Sauce

Cheese Ravioli with Fresh Tomato and Artichoke Sauce

This is so simple but such a treat! A fresh tomato sauce with artichokes (I never liked the jarrred, marinated artichokes until I tried this dish!) is refreshing and delicious. The original recipe I got didn't include the basil, but it screams for the extra freshness. Yum! — kicaza 10/28/2011
Mom's Roast with Carrots and Potatoes (Crock Pot)

Mom's Roast with Carrots and Potatoes (Crock Pot)

Made this a few days ago - the house smelled wonderful all day! My roast was on the small side (about 5 pounds) and came out a little dry. Next time for a small roast, I'll be sure to cook on low for 6 hours (I had it set for 8.5 hours). — kicaza 10/20/2011
Oven Fried Chili Chicken

Oven Fried Chili Chicken

With the chipotle powder, this is quite spicy (had to heat up leftovers for the kids). Substitute seasoned salt and pepper if you prefer a less spicy option. The vegetarian option (sliced portabella mushrooms) came out great too; they don't need to cook for nearly as long (30 minutes). — kicaza 10/18/2011
Goat Cheese Salad

Goat Cheese Salad

These are very good - the recipe makes a TON (12 or more discs), so halve or quarter it. I ate one with my salad, makes for a very rich, very yummy salad. Definitely recommend using the homemade bread crumbs for a more golden brown color (panko is too light and they looked "not done". Use these to make a plain salad fancy. — kicaza 10/12/2011
Crockpot Lemon Chicken with Broccoli

Crockpot Lemon Chicken with Broccoli

This was a quick favorite. My husband loved the chicken as-is with the cooking juice (before I added the broccoli and made the sauce!). It was also good once it was all put together. Very lemony, use less juice (sub stock or white wine) if you prefer more savory. — kicaza 10/12/2011
Cheddar Beer Soup

Cheddar Beer Soup

A delicious cheddar/beer soup! Great as-is, and could easily be tweaked to be more hearty -- add brocolli (use a milder beer, or substitute with stock) or rinsed black beans. Great with crusty bread and apple wedges! — kicaza 10/12/2011
Meatloaf Minis

Meatloaf Minis

A favorite at our house - everyone loves these. Quick to make (40ish minutes total) and flavorful. I use the same ingredients with mashed boca patties to make a veggie version which is also delicious! — kicaza 10/12/2011
Black Bean Chili

Black Bean Chili

Made this last night - declicious! A very good (and quick) chili recipe, it didn't need to simmer all day to have a good chili flavor. As usual - I split this into two pots -- one with, one without meat. For the meatless, I used a second can of beans (cannelini). Both were very hearty and very good. — kicaza 10/11/2011
Chicken Bundles

Chicken Bundles

Both my husbanda and son (4) loved this - we will make this again soon! This is another recipe that is easy to make for a 'mixed crowd' of meat and non-meat eaters -- I sauted some mushrooms and used that in place of the chicken for a delicious vegetarian meal. Since the chicken and/or mushroom bundles are wrapped in the dough, they can be cooked side by side without the meat touching the veggie ones, so I cooked both versions in one dish. Easy recipe to tweak -- I kept thinking other veggies would work well - asparagus kept coming to mind. — kicaza 10/5/2011
Slow Cooked Stuffed Red Bell Peppers

Slow Cooked Stuffed Red Bell Peppers

We had this for dinner last night - I stuffed a few peppers, then added ground beef to the mixture to make this meal good for both of us (he eats meat, I don't). It was very good with rice. Needed salt, and my husband added some cayenne to spice his up a little. Overall, very good! — kicaza 10/4/2011

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Thank you for the nice comment on my page. So glad you enjoyed the Pumpkin Pie Dip. Take care, CookingPassion

2 years ago    CookingPassion

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