Keri Profile - (13785880)

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Living In: Antelope Valley, California, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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Nov. 5, 2012 12:52 pm 
Updated: Nov. 6, 2012 8:07 am
My daughters and I planned to go trick-or-treating this year for Halloween, so we decided to skip hosting a Halloween party and have our party on-the-go all day long instead! We started the day by gathering in my room to put on our costumes and make-up. I had found some AWESOME facial… MORE
Halloween 2012
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About this Cook
I have loved cooking since I was a young girl helping my mother make dinner or bake cookies during school vacations. My favorite class in elementary school was "Nutrition", because we cooked almost every day. I have two daughters who love cooking and baking as much as I do and my husband is even getting interested. He recently started making bread from scratch and he's doing an awesome job of it! We share our home with pets of all different kinds, including birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, a rat, snakes, frogs, a tarantula, and a turtle. We also provide foster care for a local dog rescue, taking in abused, neglected, abandoned dogs and giving them a safe, loving environment to live in until they find their "fur-ever" homes.
My favorite things to cook
Rosemary garlic roasted chicken with roasted garlic gravy; Skillet cabbage; Almost any baked goods; Anything I can make in my slow cooker! Somewhere around September 2008 I decided I was going to start baking all the bread my children and I eat. I'm COMPLETELy loving it and my kids like to brag that "my mommy MADE this bread!" Their favorite is when I make bread items that aren't your traditional loaf of bread, like hamburger buns, bagels, and soft pretzels.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For several generations, my father's family has made a "family tradition" dessert item at each major holiday. At Easter, it's Italian Cheesecake, made with ricotta cheese and anise flavoring (published as "Italian Cheesecake II", if you'd like to check it out). At Thanksgiving, it's "Roly Polies", which were invented by my great grandmother when she had leftover pie crust dough she needed to use up. My absolute favorite, though, is Christmas, when we make Birds Nests. These are made out of walnut-sized balls of a sweet pie crust type dough rolled out very thin. Then we cut slits in the dough without cutting through the edge, gather every other strip, twist them up into a jumble, and then deep fry the pastries. When they are cooled, we sprinkle them with powdered sugar. It doesn't matter how many we make, they all get eaten!
My cooking triumphs
I managed to make decorated sugar cookies for Christmas 2008 that turned out awesome!! I've NEVER gotten sugar cookies to turn out good looking enough to warrant decorating them. They always turn into shapeless blobs. This particular time I reduced the amount of butter in the recipe by 25% and chilled the cut-outs for 15 minutes immediately before baking them. They turned out beautiful!
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at making Fairy Food candy (also called seafoam candy) was a disaster! I tried cooking it too quickly over too high of heat, so it burned, smelling up the entire house for DAYS. Thank goodness I still had enough ingredients (and courage!) to try again, and everyone at my family's Christmas gathering was impressed with my second attempt. I conveniently "forgot" to tell them about the first batch :-)
Recipe Reviews 269 reviews
Fruit Cobbler from Mott's(R)
We all thought was just okay. Without any added sugar in the filling, I think it at least needs sweetened applesauce. After we added quite a bit of whipped cream it was better, but still not anything fantastic. I may give this a try again, but I'll definitely use sweetened applesauce and possibly even the cinnamon variety.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 30, 2014
Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos
Delicious! I didn't have fresh tomatoes, so I subbed canned tomatoes that I drained. These are super flavorful and I found myself wishing I hadn't cut the recipe in half. I won't make that mistake again! Next time I'll increase the chipotle by 50% or perhaps add a spoonful of the adobo sauce, because we like spicy stuff and these are just mildly spicy. Thanks for a tasty, healthy dinner, Mazola!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2014
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
As written, this chili is four stars. Very good, but missing something. I added a heaping tablespoon of minced garlic and about a teaspoon of salt. We topped our bowls off with cilantro and lime wedges and ate it with warm corn tortillas. Delish!! PAM cooking spray made clean-up super easy! We'll have this again several times throughout the upcoming cold winter months!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 26, 2014
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