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jnole


jnole
 
Home Town: Plant City, Florida, USA
Living In: East Islip, New York, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Biking, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I am still learning how to cook. My husband taught me almost everything I know. I never really cooked anything until we met. Now I find it very exciting to cook, especially since my husband will eat just about anything. I can experiment a lot, and that's why I love this site!
My favorite things to cook
I love to make chili and Italian food (things that are tomatoey and oniony)! I also love wine, so any recipe that calls for wine is sure to be a good time:)
My favorite family cooking traditions
The only tradition that I can think of is baking sweets with my mother and sister for Christmas. We seem to try a new dessert recipe every year and always decorate sugar cookies.
My cooking triumphs
I consider every meal that someone else enjoys a triumph- World's Best Lasagna (from this site) is always a big hit!
My cooking tragedies
There are many. As a beginner, I did just about everything wrong.
Recipe Reviews 27 reviews
Garlic and Basil Baked Chicken Thighs
This was pretty good. The carrots were great! Chicken could have used a little more flavor, but I did only use dried herbs because that's what I had on hand. If I make this again, I will also use more thighs. Six barely fed myself, my husband, and my two toddlers, and I also had rice as a side. I used boneless skinless thighs so I only cooked them for 50 minutes, and they were moist and perfectly cooked.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 19, 2014
Brownie Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
This was my first cheesecake. I made cheesecake cupcakes and cheesecake bars before, but never the real deal. It turned out great. I did increase the cook time by 15 minutes. This may have been unnecessary, but the middle was just too gooey-looking. Also, I cracked the oven door and left it in there for 30 more, the top cracked a little, but tasted perfect, maybe a tad bit dry; that is probably my fault for altering the cook times. I used more chocolate chips and mixed them with a little flour, and they did not settle at the bottom. Also, I doubled the chocolate chips and put some on top right before baking. I used Gihardelli brownies and undercooked them by 10 minutes (28 min) since I was afraid of a super tough crust. This worked out well. I topped it with peanut butter sauce, hot fudge and whipped cream. I'm glad I tried this simple recipe; I'm ready to put my springform pan to use making all kinds of cheesecakes.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2014
Peanut Butter Ice Cream Topping
I wanted peanut butter sauce to go with hot fudge on my husband's birthday cheesecake--brownie chocolate chip cheesecake from this site. He LOVES Friendly's peanut butter sauce, so when I saw another reveiwer compared this to that, I got very excited. I didn't think it was quite right, though pretty similar. Also, I followed ratios given by reviewers and used 1/4 c. sugar, 1/4 c. water, and 1/2 c. peanut butter. I will use this again, but I may try some powdered sugar to get more of a thick, Friendly's-like consistency.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2014
 
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