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Home Town: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Boating, Fishing, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I work for Salon Centric, a professional beauty supply owned by L'Oreal. I love beauty products and the beauty industry in general. But I have a secret(or not so secret!)passion for cooking. I love trying new recipes and sharing the keepers. I have a husband (JR) and two dogs (Duke and Domino). I love theatre, both going to, and acting in. Love music, especially Frank Sinatra and They Might Be Giants. I have little patience for excuses and people that are full of !
My favorite things to cook
Anything chocolate! I love baking and I have a new love of canning, especially if it's plum jam!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Swedish buns. I remember my grandmother, in her 80's, making a good three batches, by hand, in one day. This including grinding the cardamom by hand(anyone who's done that knows that it SUCKS!), kneading, and rolling each bun by hand. I can't help but feel a tiny bit inadequate when I'm beat after one batch, especially because my kitchen aid does most of the work!
My cooking triumphs
One of my favorite cooking triumphs was making a HUGE batch of veggie korma and garlic naan all from scratch. Indian ingredients are not cheap so it was nice to see everything come together so well. Also, I think anyone's first successful loaf of bread should be a triumph(see tragedies below!). There's something therapeutic about making homemade bread, plus I get a confidence boost everytime I see that rising dough poking over the side of the bowl!
My cooking tragedies
I've thrown away many defunct dough balls that failed to rise in my quest for the perfect bread recipe. All wrapped in a plastic bag to hide my shame! My worst tragedy was when I tried to make the Pear Honey recipe from this website. I cooked those dang pears all day long trying to get the right consistency, then spent two more hours getting them canned and sealed. The result was a vaguely pear-tasting gelantinous brick that would better be served as attic insulation. Not one of my finer moments, to be sure.
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Magic Peanut Butter Middles
These cookies are great! I followed the advice of another reviewer and added a little milk to the dough to make it a little less dry. One thing I've found is you really have to follow the directions for cooking time. You will be tempted to over cook them (I did) because when you take them out of the oven they will be a little loose. But don't cook them longer! I ended up with stiff, dry cookies because I thought they weren't done and cooked them more. Once I figured it out, the cookies were wonderful! Extra fabulous if you use the Special Dark cocoa, but maybe that's just me :)

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Reviewed On: Jan. 10, 2015
Zucchini Tomato Pie
So disappointed in this recipe! I really liked the idea of this dish. I had a ton of zucchini and a ton of tomatoes, so why not bake them into a delicious pie, right? Wrong! The biggest thing that made this recipe not good was the tomatoes. I didn't like the texture of them or the taste once they were baked in. And the rest of it together was just pretty bland and meh. Since, like I said, I really loved the idea of this recipe, I tried it again with some changes. First, I left out the tomato. I replaced them with mushrooms and sautéed them with the zucchini and onion with a little olive oil and some garlic pepper. I added crumbled bacon to the veg mixture and then baked with the crust/cheese as directed. After that, it was a top notch recipe! But as is, not good.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 10, 2015
Mushroom Risotto
I love this recipe! So flavorful and delicious. That being said, am I the only one who thinks 3 onions, even small ones, sounds like A LOT of onion for a recipe that is supposed to only serve 4 people? I like onions as much as the next person, but that seems really excessive. When I make this recipe I switch the onion and garlic quantities; so 3 cloves garlic and one onion. I also replace both the milk and the cream with fat free half and half. The recipe doesn't state what type of rice to use, so I generally use brown. I have used the generic take-forever-to-cook brown rice and it works fine, but I have found 2 pouches of Trader Joe's frozen brown rice works great and cooks so much faster. Which is great because, well, sometimes a girl is just too hungry to wait! P.S. It's a good idea to wait until all the vegetable stock is in before you add the salt!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 14, 2014

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