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  • Joined June, 2009
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I live in the San Francisco bay area and when I am not working, out on my bicycle or running on the local trails, you can find me in the kitchen.  I love trying new recipes and experimenting with different seasonings and flavors.  I often will make up a recipe after browsing the internet.

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Green Beans with Garlic and Smoked Olive Oil

Green Beans with Garlic and Smoked Olive Oil

I love that this recipe can be made ahead of time so that I can enjoy time with my guests. Super flavorful. You can find smoked olive oil on line or in specialty stores. — lisacrooke 4/13/2014
Prosciutto Palmiers

Prosciutto Palmiers

This was very easy to make. My guests always love this one! Delicious appetizer that goes great with lemon martinis! — lisacrooke 4/13/2014
Awesome Grilled Lobster Tails with Seasoned Butter

Awesome Grilled Lobster Tails with Seasoned Butter

Love this!! So simple and tasty. Makes a great Valentines dinner.... just do not overcook the lobster! YUM!! — lisacrooke 2/4/2014
Pepperoni Stuffed Bread

Pepperoni Stuffed Bread

Yummy simple appetizer which is always a hit. — lisacrooke 12/8/2013
Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough

This pizza dough is always a winner and so much better than store bought dough. We love having people over for pizza parties and everyone makes their own pizza. YUM! — lisacrooke 12/8/2013
Chicken Breasts with Lemon Caper Sauce

Chicken Breasts with Lemon Caper Sauce

What an easy way to prepare chicken during the work week! The chicken is moist and the lemons and capers add a fresh citrus-y flavor. Love this with polenta and asapagus. — lisacrooke 11/14/2013
Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Whiskey BBQ Sauce

Made this for a BBQ party and served it with Tri Tip and Chicken. It was awesome. It does make alot of sauce and so I gave it to guests to take home with them. — promfh 6/30/2013
Eggplant Veggie Lasagna

Eggplant Veggie Lasagna

I made this recipe again last weekend for vegetarian guests. I added all the original ingredients, but I also added an another layer consisting of sliced mushrooms and pasilla/poblano peppers. I sauteed both the mushrooms as well as the peppers prior to adding them in order to reduce the liquid before layering in the pan. YUMMY!!! — lisacrooke 4/10/2013
Korean Barbecued Beef

Korean Barbecued Beef

LOVE this recipe. I've made this it probably 10 times or so.... tonight, I decided to combine this with some broccoli and rice noodles for "beef and broccoli" Few changes/notes to do this: 1. for the sauce I only use 2 Tbsps sugar 2. To make sauce for the broccoli, I doubled the sauce recipe and used half for marinade and half for the sauce (in hind sight could have used only half additional recipe for sauce -- we had plenty of sauce) 3. Cooked the beef as instructed on the grill 4. Made a pot of rice noodles using instructions on the package 5. Heated wok pan on high heat. added 1 tbsp of peanut oil with one clove of garlic, added one head of broccoli sliced into small strips, plus one small onion sliced. 6. Once veggies are slightly cooked added the sauce until heated, then added the 1 tbsp cornstarch, mixing the entire time. 7. Once sauce thickens, added the rice noodles and the meat that is off the grill. YUM! — Howl 2/7/2013
Mom's Boeuf Bourguignon

Mom's Boeuf Bourguignon

This was a special Sunday Recipe that my mom made for years. I love it because it is so easy and so super rich. I never seem to have the small onions and so I always just cut up a large yellow onion into large pieces. I always serve this over mashed potatoes. Also, I cook it for hours in the crock pot until the meat is tender as can be. Hubby loves this one. — lisacrooke 1/9/2013
Home Cooked Taco Shells

Home Cooked Taco Shells

Oh yeah.... I got a new cook top and it took a little time to figure out the settings, but the shells came out amazing. So much better than the store bought junk! Not too difficult an effort and totally worth it! Just ask my hubby. Try with Beef Tacos recipe: 177392 — lisacrooke 12/17/2012
Beef Tacos

Beef Tacos

I have made this recipe a million times... tonight I tried it with ground turkey instead of beef for a healthier option and it was delish! I think I will use Turkey from here on out! Don't forget to do the shells by hand as well. The home made shells make the recipe and it is not that much more of an effort. You can find taco shell recipe at Big Oven Recipe 177391. Enjoy! — lisacrooke 12/17/2012
Spicy Rice

Spicy Rice

Decided to experiment with some rice... rather than plain old rice, added some spices during the cooking process and it was WOW!! Pick your own spices... — lisacrooke 12/5/2012
Mom's Pork Chop Casserole

Mom's Pork Chop Casserole

I'm not a big fan of recipes that use campbell's creamy soups. Call me a snob, but I prefer to make my own sauces. However, this is a definite exception; as I posted this recipe. This is an old time family recipe that my mom made and my husband loves. Easy to make very flavorful! Enjoy! I've made a million times and it is always a crowd pleaser! — lisacrooke 12/5/2012
Aunt Sarah's Pie Crust

Aunt Sarah's Pie Crust

Wow... I have made this recipe several times now and it is always perfect.... for both sweet pies like apple or savory pies like turkey pot pie. Who says pie crust is hard to make? This recipe is fast and easy and the crust is sooooo FLAKY! — lisacrooke 11/28/2012
Turkey Pot Pie

Turkey Pot Pie

I had leftover turkey and so I tried this recipe. This recipe is so yummy. I thought there would be too much filling for my pie shell but it was ok. I added some poultry seasoning as well as 2 cups of turkey instead of 1.5 cups and a tad bit more milk. I think it would also be good with some mushrooms in there as well. I made my Aunt Sarah's pie crust for this recipe and it was perfect with this pie! You can find Aunt Sarah's Pie Crust recipe on big oven. Big Oven Recipe #175108 — katehandel 11/28/2012
Crooke Family Apple Pie

Crooke Family Apple Pie

I have now made this pie several times and it never fails! I use a mixture of apples which always includes granny smith for that tartness. YUM! — lisacrooke 11/26/2012
Double Chocolate Mousse Cake

Double Chocolate Mousse Cake

This is the second time I have made this cake for guests and it is a HUGE hit! Everyone always asks for the recipe. The cake is so rich and creamy. Tastes delicious with a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. I would not hesitate to make this again. — lisacrooke 11/19/2012
Jan's Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Jan's Roasted Red Pepper Soup

I LOVE this recipe... made it so many times and I have varied it based on mood. You can make it chunky or smooth (blend or not), creamy or not (if using less or no cream just add more beef broth and/or tomato sauce), spicy or not. Very versatile — lisacrooke 10/2/2012
Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage and Spinach

Lentil Soup with Smoked Sausage and Spinach

I adapted this online recipe by adding spinach and additional seasonings. The lentils cook so quickly; this can be an easy dinner during the work week. Delicious and pretty healthy too (if you use chicken sausage) — lisacrooke 9/24/2012

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sgrishka,
Well..... I'm not sure I would have tried it without the photo. So you get the medal for posting the photo!!
Happy cooking!

3 years ago    lisacrooke

Lisa, thank you for the medal you awarded me for South-of-the-border Grilled Pork Tenderloin - recipe #59871. However, I do not deserve it! I did not post the recipe. I merely posted the photo on the recipe after trying it. When BigOven was first started, well over a hundred fifty thousand recipes were downloaded from various sources. This is one of those downloaded recipes. You can tell by the low recipe number, the lack of any member posting credit, plus the recipe states, "Posted to recipelu-digest Volume 01 Number 176 by Reggie Dwork ~~ltreggie~~at;reggie.com> on Oct 28, 1997" (the download recipe source). Also, I see you've made some excellent contributions to BigOven...I look forward to seeing many more in the future. God's smile on you, your kitchen and family!

3 years ago    sgrishka

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