Suzanne Profile - (10144197)

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Living In: Easthampton, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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About this Cook
I'm 25 and live with my boyfriend in lovely Western Massachusetts. It's kind of rural, but the area has a lot of colleges, hence many forward-thinking people. We love to dine out at the swank eateries around here, but we can't afford to go often, so I thought I'd figure out how to make all that food at home. I had often visited other sites for recipes, but I just recently found this little community, and I've already added several delicious recipes to my repertory! I've been cooking ever since I was a young girl. My grandfather could cook anything. I often hung around the kitchen, helping out and learning. Stirring the pot, chopping the vegetables: these things are therapeutic. Cooking is meaningful to me.
My favorite things to cook
I love a traditional Sunday meat and potatoes big family meal. I'd like to experiment more with different spices, and different ethnic foods, but I've been somewhat tentative. I'm hoping I'll take some chances and learn many new things here.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite things to cook with my grandfather were homefries and potato pancakes for breakfast. My mother, sister, and I also bake cookies and make my grandmother's secret recipe apple pie at Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
I made corn chowder without a recipe and it came out soooo good! I trusted myself enough to just use my cook's intuition and knowledge to construct the soup. This might sound like nothing big, but it was a total triumph for me. I think that was the day I really knew I was a cook.
My cooking tragedies
Once I only added half the flour needed to a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I wondered why the dough seemed off. They were edible, kind of...very buttery! oops:)
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Mock Lobster
This was ok- no one but me in my family liked it. I followed the recipe exactly. This must just not be for everyone. The good news is that the night wasn't a total wash; I made a little toy out of pipe cleaners that my cat is really going crazy for right now.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 14, 2010
Best Cream Of Broccoli Soup
This recipe is perfectly titled; this soup is the bomb! Rather than puree, I followed another member's suggestion and just let the broth and broccoli boil down, but after 10 minutes, I took some of the broccoli out, so we could have some big pieces of it in the soup. I doubled the broth, because it does boil off quite a bit. What a keeper- this is my new broccoli soup, thanks!! (But just know that it doesn't smell so great while it's cooking, but it will taste good)

307 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 10, 2007
Apple Cake I
I left out 1 tsp of the cinnamon, otherwise it's too strong, and I added 1/4 cup of oatmeal. Instead of oil, you can use butter for a nice rich flavor. I used the suggestion of baking for 20 minutes, then covering the cake with a crumble topping (1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 3 tbsp butter) and baking 15-20 more minutes. YUM!!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2007

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