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Home Town: Clinton, Iowa, USA
Living In: Tacoma, Washington, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2007
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I can bake up a storm--cookies, cakes, pies, and specialty desserts--but when it comes to making a hearty meal I'm a little clueless...
My favorite things to cook
Cookies, piroshki, & enchiladas.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When it comes to a large meal everyone must do their part.
My cooking triumphs
Blueberry brownies :), piroshki, and a sweet honey liquor called Mead (over 2 years before the corks blew but well worth the wait).
My cooking tragedies
Marble Cheesecake Brownies! The brownie always overcooks or the cheesecake mixture gets chewie. My regular brownies are always soft and delicious but when I try to add another wet mixture it just doesn't work.
Recipe Reviews 22 reviews
Authentic Mexican Chili Rellenos
I've always ordered these when eating out so when I came across the most gorgeous peppers at a farmer's market I knew I had to try to make them myself. After looking up several different recipes online I chose this one due to the reviews and the clarity of the directions. Needless to say, they turned out PERFECT and my family requested a repeat dinner 2 days later!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 29, 2012
Picnic Cake
This cake is definitely tasty! However I will call it Ugly Cake instead of Picnic Cake. I had read several reviews beforehand though so it wasn't any surprise. I'm really glad I did because if not I would of had a completely burnt top! I baked it at 350 as directed but set my timer for 35 min. Checked it after 25 min and the cake was just then done inside, the marshmallows rose to the top and melted but already had burnt polka dots across the top. Still very yummy to me as I like the flavor of burnt marshmallow. Essentially this tasted like moist banana bread with a toasted marshmallow crust. It worked out nicely considering I just wanted to find a recipe to use one sad black banana and happened to have marshmallows too. The only thing I didn't have on hand was buttermilk so I used 1/2 tbsp lemon juice mixed into 1/2 cup regular milk which is a well known buttermilk substitute (you can use white vinegar too if you don't have lemon juice). I like this recipe since I can omit the marshmallows in the future to just make a great banana cake. I have friends who love Banana Moon Pies and this would be right up their alley. With the marshmallow craters maybe call it Banana Moon Cake? Thank you for posting!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 24, 2012
Easy Bacon and Cheese Quiche
I have made quiche so many times with this recipe (2 or 3 times a month) and have to say that this is the perfect base recipe! Couple of notes - the recipe doesn't specify but I recommend a deep dish crust. Also I have made mine with milk every time as cream isn't a regular item in the fridge - I add an extra egg too since milk isn't as thick as cream. Don't forget to wrap thin strips of foil around the crust so it doesn't burn. Our family favorite is minced garlic, green pepper, diced sausage links, with provolone cheese, and parmesan sprinkled on the top before cooking makes a crispy golden crust on top. Super yummy. Thanks for posting!

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 15, 2011

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