• Joined February, 2010
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I live in Sunny SO CAL!!  This enables me to garden and grow lots of different fruits and veggies.  So besides cooking, gardening is another fun hobbie.  I spend lots of time preserving my harvest in the summer!!

I like to spend time learing about different types of food - Thai, Moroccan / South African / French, Indian, etc....  I love taking classes on different cuisines.  I am interested in taking an executive chef course now to simply build my basic skills !! 

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Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna and Wasabi Beurre Blanc

Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna and Wasabi Beurre Blanc

This was EXCELLENT. I had purchased incredible Tuna at Sprouts. The recipe is BETTER than our local Restaurant (now our previous favorite) at 30.00 a plate! LOVED the sauce but lightened it up with half the butter and Fat Free half and half. Still OUTSTANDING! I did not strain the sauce because I thought the texture was good with the smooth and silky tuna. Served it with Forbidden rice with a bit of sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy and chives mixed in to taste and my lemon roasted Aparagus. SOOO good. I will make it again and again. 3/27/2011
Turkey Noodle Soup with Dumplings

Turkey Noodle Soup with Dumplings

This was adapted from recipe found in recipezaar. [I posted this recipe.] — niceNspicy 11/29/2010
Moroccan Lamb Stew

Moroccan Lamb Stew

Adapted from WIlliam Sonoma's recipe [I posted this recipe.] — niceNspicy 11/2/2010
Scaredy Cat Chicken Chili

Scaredy Cat Chicken Chili

BY Team Chili-Masters [I posted this recipe.] — niceNspicy 9/5/2010
Potaje De Lentejas (Cuban Lentil Soup)

Potaje De Lentejas (Cuban Lentil Soup)

This is an EXCELLENT soup. Not that much work at all for the flavor. The cuban flavors are really good, not overdone. It's now THE favorite Lentil soup in our house as deemed so by my husband! Usually I change recipes like crazy....Not this one, it's perfect like it is. I added carrots per the suggestion which I loved but I wont be changing anything! Also, thanks for a well written recipe. I appreciate that...I didnt have to ask questions or wonder about anything...cant wait to try your other recipes!! — JerseyBlue 4/30/2010
Cilantro Cheese Salsa

Cilantro Cheese Salsa

[I posted this recipe.] — niceNspicy 3/19/2010
Garlic and Cheddar Smashed Baked Potatoes

Garlic and Cheddar Smashed Baked Potatoes

[I posted this recipe.] — niceNspicy 3/19/2010
Curried Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad

I sometimes add Celery, and jicama if I have it......if no mango, use canned peaches. [I posted this recipe.] — niceNspicy 3/19/2010
Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue

[I posted this recipe.] — niceNspicy 3/19/2010
Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Artichoke Hearts

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Artichoke Hearts

[I posted this recipe.] — niceNspicy 3/19/2010
Hajar's Harira (moroccan Soup)

Hajar's Harira (moroccan Soup)

In between ground ginger and ground nutmeg it should read. 2 teaspoons sweet papreika (the best most vibrant you can find) - I found this recipe on another site. I am really interested in making this recipe. As soon as I make it, i will post here, and the other site as to how it came out!! 3/18/2010
Roasted Corned Beef

Roasted Corned Beef

[I posted this recipe.] — niceNspicy 3/15/2010
Tilapia with Garlic Sauce and Pasta

Tilapia with Garlic Sauce and Pasta

My daughter Cherise "re-created" it from a another recipe. She has done a good job coming up with a great dish!! [I posted this recipe.] — niceNspicy 3/12/2010
Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken Lo Mein

This was very good, but I added a lot to it....a tablespoon of fresh minced ginger, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 onion thinly sliced 1/2 bunch green onions, 1/4 orange or red bell pepper, 1/2 cup stir fry sauce and seseme seeds. The basic recipe is good but a bit bland so it needs extra. I submitted my photo for this dish so you can see how nice, inexpensive and very tasty it was. Definately a winner. 3/9/2010
Mouthwatering Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Tomatillo Chile Salsa

Mouthwatering Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Tomatillo Chile Salsa

I made these tonight for dinner. I thought the roasted salsa was excellent, but the enchiladas were not that great for two reasons, the flour tortillas (even though you broil them) just tast kind of gummy and I dont understand the can of store bought encilada sauce when there is TONS of the homemade salsa. It would be so easy to turn it into enchilada sauce. Half of the family thought they were amazing and the other half said to continue to make my own recipe. I may try again and change to CORN tortillas like one reviewer states and redo the can of encilada sauce to something a bit more enlightening. — CookingPassion 3/7/2010
African Vegetable Stew

African Vegetable Stew

This was a terrific stew. I changed the recipe from the get go a bit. I added a 28 oz can whole tomatoes with juice, 1 cup beef stock, 4 cloves garlice and 1/2 teaspoon ras el hanout. It was beautiful and had the perfect amount of moisture, although there was no juice even at that. VERY delicious and gorgeous. I served with simple sauteed talapia with stew over and on the side. Family loved this healthy dish!! 2/27/2010
Pear Crumble

Pear Crumble

This was very good, very easy and very satisfying. Nice presentation and the whole family loved something homey for dessert !! Thanks. Will definately make again!! 2/27/2010
Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Hands down the best brussel sprouts I have EVER eaten. I made the best dinner....Grandmas meatloaf (this site), This recipe, Smashed potatoes, and a delicious Pear tart (this site) and the best part of the meal for the whole family??? the BRUSSEL SPROUTS...!!! Now, I am being sent to the market for more IMMEDIATELY by order of the highest decree!! LOL — sgrishka 2/27/2010
Grandma's Meatloaf

Grandma's Meatloaf

This is a very flavorful "old fashioned" meatloaf. Really light and super moist. I am trying out lots of meatloaf recipes as my new son in law doesnt care for my recipe and my daughter is looking for a new one. This will definately satisfy EVERYONE. Old fashioned, but very good. The red sauce is not ketchupy, but instead has a great sweet flavor. It baked and came to temperature in only one hour in my oven. The only thing I changed was to add a bit more flavor to the meat, garlic and onion powder. other than that. Perfect!! — sgrishka 2/27/2010
Beef Penne Pasta Casserole

Beef Penne Pasta Casserole

I doubled the sauce and cheese as the picture neither looked saucy or cheesy enough. I added some garlic with onions and ricotta cheese during layering. I had a bit of the sauce left over which was perfect for use eleswhere....Very good...nice flavor to sauce and easy!! — catgurrl 2/26/2010

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You are totally right about the Cilantro Rice.. The measurements are off it should be 1 1/2 cups water to the rice.

3 years ago    JerseyBlue

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