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Living In: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian
Hobbies: Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I actually find cooking to be tedious, but for special occassions I find it to be an interesting project to start and finish. I also like a successfull end result that I can be proud to show off. For myself, however, the microwave is the only way to go.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother has always hosted Thanksgiving for the extended family (20-30 people). Back in the day it used to take SEVERAL hours to bake a 25 pound turkey (we've always made 2 at a time) so we'd have to stay up late the night before prepping the bird and stuffing, and then get up early in the morning to get the birds in the ovens. With that little amount of sleep, we'd get a little giddy... We always named the birds after my and my brother's latest ex, and often danced the birds around the kitchen before stuffing. Those were really great times. Of course now-a-days we're both married, and with the oven bags of present days, it only takes 2 hours to bake a large turkey, so there's no ceremonial baking of ex-flames at 6am on Thanksgiving morning.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I ever cooked for the man I eventually married, I made a very tasty baked chicken casserole in a glass dish. When it came time to transfer the chicken from the dish to the plates, I wanted it to look perfect and not to over-disturb the topping so I lifted the dish up over my head to determine where the chicken was in the dish. In doing so, I hit the edge of the dish on the range-hood, flipping the dish mid-air and spilling chicken and stuffing all over the floor. He ended up scooping up what was salvagable off the stovetop, and that's what we had for dinner. Surprisingly, it took him 7 years to propose after that.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Spicy Pumpkin Fudge
This was such a unique fudge! It's very existence warrants 5 stars even if I made some changes. Okay, so here they are: I used rice krispies instead of almonds. After absorbing the moisture of the fudge, the rice krispies added a texture not unlike coconut, but it was still nice. I used 1/2 cup butter to insure that the fudge set-up and was happy with the drop in fat. I used 1 whole cup of canned pumpkin, which really added to the overall pumpkin flavor. I omitted the butterscotch chips altogether (nobody seemed to like them so I just did it) and used 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips and 1/2 cup cinnamon chips. The fudge ultimately came out tasting a lot like pumpkin pie without the awful consistency. I did not have a candy thermometer so the first time I made this, it came out the consistency of granola or small grain gravel. It wasn't until later that I realized that you have to boil it over medium (not high) heat. The 2nd time around, after that adjustment, the fudge turned out great. I boiled over medium-high heat ("7") for 11 minutes (just to be safe) and had no problems. Enjoy!

23 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 30, 2007
Chicken Pot Pie IX
Served this dish for friends recently. Very easy to make and tasted great. Don't know what I did wrong, but I ended up with enough filling for two pies (added extra veggies I think) so it worked out great!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 16, 2007
Crab Rangoon III
Great recipe. Only change was adding chives per other's recommendations. Thanks so much!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 12, 2007

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