MsMonica Profile - (10087325)

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Home Town: Temple, Texas, USA
Living In: Dallas, Texas, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Hobbies: Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am fearless about cooking; I will try anything once just to say I've done it. Haven't killed anyone with my cooking... yet.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook for other people, and I love a good challenge. I will often make the same thing twice, but using different recipes, just for comparison sake.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We make tamales every year at Christmas. It's a lot of work! But also lots of fun.
My cooking triumphs
I used to work with a guy who is a phenomenal cook! But he was always jealous of my foccacia... as it turns out, breads were *not* his specialty! People tend to be impressed by my catering skills, too.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I *ever* made sugar cookies was a disaster. Granted, I was only 10 or so... but I didn't understand the big "2" next to the little "1/4" measurement for cups of flour. So... I used TWO ONE-QUARTER cups of flour (= 1/2 a cup!). It was a liquid mess. My mother was really good about letting me learn things on my own, and was equally good about helping me figure out what I had done wrong.
Recipe Reviews 43 reviews
Argentine Lentil Stew
I really liked the apple in this stew; it added a nice flavor to it, especially when combined with the BBQ sauce. It's great that it's also super easy to make, and with ingredients that I typically have hanging around.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2014
Candied Almonds
This was surprisingly easy to make and I am *so* grateful for all of the readers' comments -- thanks for the tips, everybody! Yes, it is easy to get nervous near the end of the cooking stage, but definitely wait until the sauce *completely* evaporates in the pan and crystalizes onto the almonds. And that's when you know they're done! The sauce will transform from liquid to syrup to stringy to ready. Next time, I will follow someone else's tip to bake the almonds first (8min at 400) for that extra crunch.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2014
Little Smokies
I loved the ease of this -- throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and come back a few hours later. Great! I only used as much brown sugar as I had left in my pantry, which was nowhere near a full cup. If I had to guess, I'd say it was probably 1/3 of a cup and the little smokies turned out JUST FINE. I suspect a full cup would have been way too over-the-top sickly sweet for my taste. FYI.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2014

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