Catherine Profile - (10098494)

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Member Since: Feb. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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Still cooling off
Taking the pie out of the oven
About this Cook
I am a college student that loves to cook and bake whenever I can. Playing ports, travel, warm weather, the beach, the mountains, hiking, boating, and a good movie are just a few things I really enjoy in my free time! I'm a big fan of the food network channel and I probably have the biggest sweet tooth out of anyone you'll meet. I have big dreams of somehow utilizing my love of food, eagerness to try every recipe that is out there and love of just being in a kitchen baking and cooking..maybe culinary school after college!
My favorite things to cook
Baking is probably my main skill probably because of my hankering for sweets. A warm, rich, chocolaty brownie or chocolate chip cookie, cupcakes with lot's of buttercream frosting on top, or a big slice of cake really just hits the spot for me. Breakfast/Brunch is one of my favorite meals to entertain for because I think it's versatile and there's endless recipes to enjoy (I can cook some amazing scrambled eggs . I like to add a sharp shredded cheddar or swiss and fresh parsley and serve over toasted rosemary is one of my favorite things to make for Sunday brunch).
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a Southern background and we tend to do the holidays right by working hard in the kitchen preparing for a big feast. Food in general is a big part of my family and are easily excited over new recipes and even new kitchen gadgets and attempting to out-do ourselves every year for various occasions. We have a real appreciation for good food with a lot of flavor.
My cooking triumphs
This past Christmas dinner...I made the whole meal! I attempted Tyler Florence's rosemary and thyme sauteed leek and dried cranberry stuffed turkey breast that was seared and then finished off in the oven which came out unbelievably good. I also made roasted asparagus, sweet potato souffle, cornbread stuffing, a vinegar pie (which is a southern tradition and my dad's all time favorite pie) and a pumpkin pie.
My cooking tragedies
Two years ago, I was in charge of cooking the green beans for thanksgiving (not a very hard job) and the way my grandmother cooks them is in boiling water over low heat all day long which makes her green beans incredible...So when I tried to make them, I followed her steps exactly. The beans came out with a perfect texture but were SO SALTY! I added way too much salt at the beginning of when the beans were cooking. I was pretty embarrassed.
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Basil and Pesto Hummus
delicious and refreshing! added lemon juice as suggested and really brightens the basil flavors. ate on top of broccoli and sandwiches and so many other things. will definitely serve as an appetizer for company.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 24, 2010
Oatmeal Carmelitas
Doubled the recipe for a 13x9 pan. Used Nestle's La Lechera dulce de leche which is dulce de leche in a squeeze bottle found in the latin american section of the grocery store (I found mine in food lion)..turned out FABULOUS, RICH AND CREAMY. Taking this to a Carolina Gamecock football tailgate tomorrow...I KNOW people will gobble these up. Can't wait to share them with everybody!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 18, 2009
Best Brownies
I used special dark cocoa and these brownies came out so rich and decadent. Chocolate buttercream frosting on top really polished them off too. I took them to a dinner party tonight and there wasn't a crumb left. Not too overly fudgy..but just right. Needless to say, they were divine and would satisfy any chocolate craving.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 1, 2009

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