For October we chatted with Seahawks fan and Cooking Games With Friends co-host lazyme. Self-described as a hopeless game addict, she help planned this year’s Zaar World Tour and Pick A Chef community events. When she’s not searching for recipes, she’s making friends with fellow home cooks. In fact, she has made some great friendships through Food.com and has met around 35 of those online friends in person since joining in March 2006!
Tell us about yourself: Life in WA? I love living in the Pacific Northwest – it’s so beautiful. My husband (Don) of 30 years passed away three years ago so my life has changed a lot. I recently moved from the city to a little rural island on the sound. I wake up every morning with a beautiful view of the water and Mt. Rainier if it’s a clear day.
You’re a big Seahawks fan! What dishes do you love for tailgating? I LOVE the Hawks! I’ve had season tickets for 35 years — since the very first year they played! I love making and eating all types of football/tailgating foods and have tried many from the site. Probably two that have gone over very well with guests are Bacon Nachos and Santa Rosalia Style Hot Dogs. Yum.
Tell us about the cooking contests you run with your friends. Sounds like fun! It’s so much fun! And all skill levels and ages can participate. The little ones (and non-cooks) are great at stirring. In a nutshell – I pick a theme (Mexican, Italian, Asian, etc.) and buy all of the ingredients. Then we randomly divide guests into two teams and they try to create a great meal without recipes. I don’t join a team, but provide themed appys, drinks, music and snap photos. We’ve had some really terrific meals. And a couple of really awful dishes! But that’s the fun of it. We vote for the best and worst dishes by secret ballot — and extra points are given out for the best table setting. Everyone goes home with a prize and memories of a really fun time.
What’s your favorite Food.com recipe? I’ve always loved simple comfort foods. I don’t eat them often but sure crave them during stressful times. My top four favorites (which were really hard to narrow down):
Tell us about your food photography. I have never been that good at photography but I figure that if you can identify what’s on the plate in my photos, then it’s good enough!
What’s your favorite and least favorite ingredient? Pasta of any kind is probably my favorite. I have a very small list of things that I won’t eat. Beets and brussels sprouts top that list.
Tell us about spoiling the grandkids. Have they started to cook? We’ve had great fun in the kitchen together – including a couple of whipped cream fights. Sometimes it might take a few days to get my kitchen clean again – but it’s so worth it!
What’s your most epic cooking flop? Did you cry? Save it? Or just get takeout? Oh gosh. One memory popped into my mind immediately. Many years ago when Don and I first got married, I had never met my MIL (mother-in-law) before. So we were having her over for dinner after a Seahawks game. We had just bought our first microwave and I was so excited to give it a try. I bought a huge prime rib and set it up in the microwave on a slow-simmer option while we were at the game.
When we got home my pricey prime rib had shriveled up into a small dry chunk of what looked like a piece of charcoal. Obviously, I read the instructions wrong. My stepson hit the kitchen and asked why I had made jerky for dinner. We made a quick run to Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner that night. Although I was in total panic mode, I just laughed.
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