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Home Town: Vista, California, USA
Living In: Springfield, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I started cooking when I was in High School and my sister and I would plan meals once a week, do lots of baking and several years ago I took a few gourmet cooking classes.
My favorite things to cook
Baking is one of my favorite things because it's my kid's favorite thing for me to make! An appreciative audience is always welcome!
My favorite family cooking traditions
We have a Scrambled Egg Casserole every Christmas morning. We make it a night or two beforehand and keep it in the fridge. I'm trying to find things that my kids will like enough for me to make them regularly! Picky eaters run in the family.
My cooking triumphs
Oh I think most of my dishes turn out pretty well.
My cooking tragedies
My kids let me know often if it's terrible... but they think most things are terrible to eat. Except for my youngest daughter who eats everything! She's my best taste-tester! I have nearly set the house on fire while boiling water!! 3 little kids really messes with my mind... Mommy Brain!!
Recipe Reviews 58 reviews
Baked Crispy Potato Chicken
I didn't have time to make the marinade, so I just did the second part of this recipe and it turned out great! I used boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts which I prefer because they are not as dry typically. Pretty quick and easy! I'd say it took about 15 minutes to do 6 chicken thighs... if that long and it crisped up nice and tan. I did put them on a rack on top of a cookie sheet and this kept them from getting soggy on the bottom side.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 17, 2014
Chocolate Fudge Buttercream Frosting
Delicious. I used homemade hot fudge (this is super easy to make guys... three ingredients - 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 6 oz of unsweetened chocolate bar, 2 T butter and heat slowly in a pan) and the flavor was outstanding. Don't forget to sift! I forgot and it wasn't as good as if I would've remembered... just got late and I got in a hurry. This was pretty simple though. It made a lot too! I had about 18 cupcakes and I had LOTS left over. Just FYI. Made boring cake-mix cupcakes a little more special!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 14, 2014
Sue's Hot Fudge Sauce
I have made this three times. I love how easy this is. It gets thick, so just wait. Once it cools down it starts to thicken. I made it without blending and then tried it with blending just to compare and I'll always blend it now. It makes it silky smooth. I did have a problem with the sugar crystallizing. I doesn't happen the first day or the second, but if I put it in the fridge then it starts. I read how you're supposed to be able to stop it from happening and that is to make sure every crystal of sugar is melted and nothing is left on the side of the pot. Use a spatula! I'm also keeping it out of the fridge. This does seem to help although I'm not sure how long it keeps like this. But it doesn't last long in my house. I think this would be great canned.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 8, 2012
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