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Home Town: Columbia City, Indiana, USA
Living In: Madison, Connecticut, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Italian, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm a full-time mom with three kids who love to help in the kitchen. One of my kids is super picky, one will eat a decent variety but is scared of new foods, and one will try anything--he's not quite four and loves sushi!
My favorite things to cook
Desserts, baked goods, and quick and/or simple dinners my kids will eat. I also love to cook for "special occasions," but just can't put the effort into gourmet meals on a daily basis.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Licking the brownie batter bowl!
My cooking triumphs
Last year I hosted Easter dinner for the first time. Everything came out perfectly and I got rave reviews, especially for the ricotta cheesecake.
My cooking tragedies
Once when I was a kid, I made a batch of cookies but forgot to add the flour. Another time, not so long ago, I dropped a chocolate cake as I took it out of the oven. And once, I used my food processor to make the crust for a cheesecake, and as our entire family sat down (at a relative's house) for desssert, people started picking bits of plastic from the cheesecake. My food processor "shed" some parts into the crust and I didn't even notice...
Recipe Reviews 95 reviews
Vanilla Ice Cream
This is the quickest, easiest ice cream recipe and the results are always delicious. While I personally prefer the richer, creamier taste of a custard-based ice cream, my husband and kids say this is the best ice cream they've ever tasted. I do change a couple of things -- first, I use maple syrup instead of sugar. Just whisk it into the cream and half and half and it is ready to go. Since the mixture is already cold (I store the maple syrup in the fridge too), I don't bother with refrigerating it but just pour it into my ice cream maker. The maple flavor is rich without being overpowering. I also use about a tsp of vanilla because the maple is the main flavor. So easy and a really great treat without all of the added ingredients, colorings, flavorings, etc. in store bought ice cream.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 26, 2014
Basic Ham and Bean Soup
This soup turned out to be everything I hoped it would! Just had a bowl for lunch with some homemade bread and it was delicious. I made a few small changes: First, I soaked the beans overnight, then rinsed them. I had about 5 cups of homemade chicken stock on hand which I brought up to 8 cups by adding fresh water. Instead of a ham hock, I had two large ham bones I'd frozen after a couple of nice holiday dinners. I cooked the soup as directed in the recipe, just adding a couple tablespoons of brown sugar and a few sprinkles of cayenne pepper. After an hour of simmering, I removed the ham bones and cut off any meat that hadn't already fallen off. This gave me plenty of ham and I didn't need to add more. I also took out a couple of cups of the cooked beans to puree, then added them and the chopped ham back to the pot. Simmered another half hour, and everything was perfectly cooked. The result was a thick, rich, flavorful soup. Luckily, no one else in my family likes beans so I get to freeze this soup in single servings and enjoy quite a few hearty lunches in the future!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 24, 2013
Ham Casserole
This casserole is perfect for what it's supposed to be: warm and cozy comfort food. Even though I didn't have some of the ingredients (celery or bell peppers, which my kids wouldn't eat anyway), this casserole was very tasty. The only thing I added was to season with fresh ground pepper at each step, not just when making the cheese sauce. The casserole had plenty of flavor and was a great way to use up leftover ham. We all had seconds and there's enough left for my lunch tomorrow. Thanks for a great recipe!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 27, 2012
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