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pomplemousse


pomplemousse
 
Home Town: Pendleton, Oregon, USA
Living In: Dumfries, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I grew up loving to bake and cook, but really never had a good, cook-friendly kitchen to cook in until we moved into our house a few years ago. Now I'm always shooing my bf out of the way so I can make something else. I'm a bit of an off the wall cook--I like to experiment and try new things, but I have a pretty good idea of what I do and don't like, and I'll sub if I don't have the ingredients. I hate making extra trips to the store! Plus, with the bf's Costco obsession it makes more sense to sub things! I love the reviews on here--let's me record things to remind me what I've done. I tend not to read recipes (not really on purpose, I just have a short attention span) and usually do my own little twist. I will rate things 5*s if I loved it and would make it again without changes, 4*s if I would make it again with changes, and 3*s if I would not make it again unless I changed it a lot.
My favorite things to cook
Baking is probably my favorite. I like cookies and sweet breads (like banana bread) and anything I can make with the bread machine. I do Christmas cookie tins every year and this year started ahead of time and put the cookies in the freezer. I don't even know how many I made, but I still have frozen cookies even after Christmas has come and gone! I like making bagels and other shaped breads. I like to cook best on the weekends when I am not tired and have the time, so I make a lot of make ahead meals and freeze them. Especially useful since my bf's favorite place to shop is Costco so I often end up cooking a ton of food and it's just the two of us! So the freezer is my best friend!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom made homemade pizza when we were little and I loved it! She also made a great shepherd's pie. To this day it's the only shepherd's pie I'll eat. Not a cooking tradition, but food tradition: Root Beer Floats on the 4th of July. Love them! Bf and I go to his parents' house for either Christmas or Thanksgiving, and for the other holiday we've started our own holiday dinner. He loves making a huge turkey and eating it the rest of the week!
My cooking triumphs
A banana bread recipe my mother makes that I modified with fantastic success. Almost anything I bring to work. My coworkers are ridiculously easy to please. My AR friends walked me through making rice and it turned out so well! Yippee! Can now cook rice. Now for those cookie cutouts . . . .LOL!
My cooking tragedies
Rice. I can't cook it to save my life. I've also made spinach tortillas that looked wonderful but I don't know if they tasted wonderful because the dog got to them, smashed the plate, and spread the tortillas all over the house. So I'll have to try them again. I once made biscuits and forgot the baking soda. A tragedy, indeed!
Recipe Reviews 1620 reviews
Spinach and Chicken Casserole
Not bad. Very creamy, which isn't my favorite but hubs likes creamy dishes and it sounded intriguing, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Until I realized (after taking everything out of course) that I didn't have enough cream cheese for a full or even a half recipe. :( So I improvised and made a roux to compensate. It made for a very runny but good casserole. I actually liked it a lot, despite the runniness and the cream. I'll have to try it again when I have the correct amount of cream cheese. Thanks for the recipe.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 21, 2015
Chicken and Pumpkin Lasagna
This is pretty good in my opinion. Hubs was a little less enthusiastic, but he can be a bit picky about combined flavors. He liked it better after topping with Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. I have to agree with the one reviewer who felt this did have a pumpkin flavor, but I actually like it that way. I didn't have lasagne noodles and didn't feel like making them, so we used egg noodles instead. I also doubled this recipe, I guess, because I made enough for a 9x13 pan. I used a pumpkin pasta sauce that we'd tried a few days earlier and was a bit bland for us on pasta. I liked it in this. I did add garlic, onion, and Italian seasoning to this. If I'd had veggies to add I would've put those in as well, but all I have right now is lettuce. I had to sub cheddar for mozzarella. A creative combination and I'm planning on freezing most of the leftovers. Thanks for the recipe!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 6, 2015
Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast
I didn't use strawberries in this because I don't have fresh and although I thought I had some in the freezer, I couldn't find them when I went to make this. So, I subbed cranberries, which made this much more tart than planned, I'm sure. I didn't make the sauce--I thought about it, but decided to use just regular syrup (hubs used Karo syrup) to cut the tartness of the cranberries, and that made it perfectly sweet. The sauce would've been too sweet for me even with the tartness of the cranberries, although hubs might not have minded. This is more of a bread pudding to us, and although it's good, did take a bit longer than stated--and I made a half batch in an 8x8 pan. It took about 1 hour 15 minutes to cook through. We did like this but thought the cream cheese needs some modifications. Perhaps we wouldn't think this if I'd made the sauce, but I'm not a fan of making sauces to top, and I think I would prefer mixing cream cheese with sugar and vanilla, using that as a layer, and then going from there. I did add vanilla and cinnamon to the egg mixture. Thanks for the recipe!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2015
 
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