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Rachel H

Rachel H
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Member Since: Jul. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm in college and have to live on campus (school rules, but it cuts into my cooking experience), but I love to experiment with different things whenever I'm home! I love making desserts for family and friends, and anything chocolate-y is grand. This past summer I gained a lot of experience with fresh ingredients and healthier fare than cookies and cakes, so I continue to work on both my cooking and baking skills!
My favorite things to cook
I'll be real, I have a sweet tooth! But I love the taste of whole-grain, good-for-you type bakes (oatmeal anything, bran muffins, whole wheat rolls, etc.) I'm not so much of a pasta fan (unless it's tortellini with some spinach sauce), but I'm going to start experimenting with different sauces to go on fish. I love seafood! And meat in general. Sloppy Joes are my guilty pleasure.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make a delicious coffee kuchen whenever my dad is craving it. It's such a family staple that we all think it's weird when coffee cakes don't actually have coffee in them! I also usually whip up a batch of my cinnamon always-soft chocolate chip cookies, or labor over some cinnamon rolls for friends' birthdays. The cinnamon rolls were made legendary by my sister, so I figured I would continue the tradition!
My cooking triumphs
I put together the best potato au gratin recipe ever, even better than the restaurant that I adapted the recipe from...and then promptly lost it. That was a few years back, and I just haven't taken the time to make them again, so I'll have to see what I can put together when I do.
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make bagels once, but they turned out to be chewy bagel-shaped dough things. I don't think I let them boil long enough to form an actual crust. Ah well, try, try again!
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple, and Red Lentil Soup
delicious! we didn't have red lentils, but it's SO YUMMY!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 7, 2011
Cream of Pumpkin Soup
too rich. the flavor is good, and i guess it lives up to the claims because it basically tastes like liquid pumpkin pie. but it was too heavy for any of my guests to enjoy. two bites and then it was overwhelming. on the plus side, it's great as a sauce on ricotta cheese or ice cream.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 7, 2011
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
I use the sqaure pretzels--just personal preference, don't know if it makes any real difference! And full-fat everything :) Fat is less-bad for you than the extra sugar low-fat products have in them anyway. And fat = flavor.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 24, 2010

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