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Blender Woman


Blender Woman
 
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Living In: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Oct. 18, 2013 10:38 pm 
Updated: Oct. 21, 2013 11:54 am
I was recently given the opportunity to learn about cooking with sausage, in a variety of flavors such as mild, sweet, hot flavors, encased and ground. Cooking sausage products has been relatively foreign to me. If I did cook pork it was the rare occasion of bacon with breakfast, which… MORE
Bowties with Italian Sausage in a Basil Cream Sauce.
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Johnsonville One-Pan Italian.
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Easy Sausage Pizza by Johnsonville.
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Johnsonville Italian Sausage and Pepper Medley.
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About this Cook
I have been a member with a profile since 2007, but was scoping the site many years before that printing recipes. It was a life saver in college and continues to be well used today, as my eating habits change. I graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts. I also received a certification in Culinary Arts, from a local community college, out of interest and to help me pay my bills to complete my college.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking, baking, and trying a variety of new recipes. However, for most every day dinners, I tend to make quick, lightened, or healthy meals. In my quest to be healthier, I was looking for easy solutions. I saw a Vitamix demo at a craft fair and it was a no-brainer. I use it near daily for breakfast or lunch. Feel free to like my page below on Facebook, if interested in my favorite blender recipes. Once on the page, just click the photos tab: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blender-Woman/190872231084570
My favorite family cooking traditions
We had quite a few growing up. Too many to mention. Now, I enjoy finding new recipes, to make each year, to take to holiday parties. I have a few recipe boxes, one which is just for holidays, which keeps expanding.
My cooking triumphs
As a child it was baking and decorating dozens of Christmas cookies, each year, at my grandmas. Currently, it is all my ever growing knowledge in cooking and baking and becoming an Allrecipes Allstar. Here is a video, I was a happy part of, for Kahlua and Allrecipes.com: http://allrecipes.com/video/4106/kahlua-coffee-break/detail.aspx
My cooking tragedies
I am sure we have all had a few, that's how we learn. My biggest kitchen dissasters were having a glass dish explode in the oven and using a broiler for the first time and catching the vegetables on fire. I have learned, don't ever leave the broiler when it's on.
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Slow Cooker Sausage with Sauce
To my surprise, this was fantastic! I was looking for something easy to be ready for a packed lunch in the morning without sitting over a stove. To top, I had everything in the house! I purchased some home-made sausage at the Farmer's Market and had gotten home to realize I was accidentally given some type of non-flavored variety. I didn't know what to do with it and then found this recipe. Although, I am typically not a fan of jarred pasta it really works here. I used a basil flavor from Classico. I added at least a cup extra of water to thin it out some. I also, for the first time tested crock-pot liners. Loved using them! Omg, no clean-up!! I highly recommend. My sausage package had 4 in it. I de-cased the sausage and cut it into about 1-1 1/2" slices. At the time, I thought to stretch the meal with some pasta or rice. I then realized I only had about 1/2 of a large green pepper left so I used that much and it worked fine. I added the sliced onion and then my only addition was a couple pinches of garlic powder. I cooked it on high, instead of low, about 4-5 hours. Thank you much, for an easy and tasty recipe. It tasted like the sausage, sauce, and peppers, at the Italian fairs.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 1, 2014
Crunchy Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Coconut Granola
Wow, this puts the boxed chocolate granola to shame. It was very tasty warm out of the oven. I followed the recipe, although some ingredients weren't super specific. It didn't say if the sunflower seeds were roasted or raw. I had both, and did a majority raw and some of the roasted unsalted I had just bought. It also didn't say if the coconut was sweetened, or not, so I just chose sweetened shredded coconut. For the chocolate I used Nestle dark chocolate chips. In the description it mentions if the chocolate melts add in afterwards. Mine did not melt. However, I keep my chocolate chips in the freezer. So, they went into the batch very cold. I suggest doing that, if that could be an issue. Also, I probably added a smidgen more of the chocolate than what was called for due to just wanting to finish what I had in the bag. Either way, I will not lie this is sweet with 4 sugar based ingredients. There was some clumping of the oatmeal, due to the brown sugar and honey, but the sunflower seeds and chocolate mainly stay separate. Though, the small clusters were not super hard like the store bought which I really liked. Note, this granola will almost fill a large sheet pan once everything is added, despite only being 2 cups of granola. This is quite high in calories, per serving, although I would never buy a chocolate granola again knowing what it tastes like fresh. ty

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Reviewed On: Jul. 30, 2014
Creamy and Crunchy Tuna Salad Supreme
I liked this, but not so much because the taste was anything new or different. It was because the cream cheese, added, made it hold up better. I have a manual shredder that sort of looks like a potato peeler. That was way faster than small chopping carrot. It makes it a good size too. I realized I didn't have red pepper only green. So, I used the green one, but only did 2 Tblsp. minced. Lastly, I chose this recipe to use up an equal amount of canned white chicken meat. I used whipped cream cheese. It is lower in calories and stirs into things more easily and regular mayo. Recalculating the calories, and actual servings, it ended up as 175 cal. for 3 good sized servings. That didn't include a tomato, for stuffing, bread, or anything else. That was just for the filling. I would make this again, if for the way it held together when scooped.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 29, 2014
 
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