ManassasMa Profile - (10181522)

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Home Town: New York, New York, USA
Living In: Manassas, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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About this Cook
I am 56 years old, married and have 3 children. My daughter is 21, my sons are 18 and 16. We have 2 dogs and 5 cats. I work outside of my home, but since I don't like my job all that much, I won't go into that. Have a great day.
My favorite things to cook
I love making soups, salads, and casseroles. There's virtually nothing you can do to any one of these that will ruin it. My grandmother told us: "If you like it, add it; if you don't, leave it out." I've followed that advice my entire adult life and, now, just about any dish I prepare is well received by my family and driends.
My cooking tragedies
I cannot bake a cookie that doesn't "stay with you" for DAYS! :( I'm better with pies but, generally, I prefer to buy my desserts rather than attempt to prepare them myself.
Recipe Reviews 94 reviews
Christmas Coffee
This is a very good recipe. I served it at our family Brunch last Christmas (for the adults; the kids got heated Chocolate Ovaltine topped with Marshmallows), and got complements from all around the table. I used Vanilla-Caramel Coffee-Mate because that was the only variety I could find that was sugar-free, Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, and Folgers Classic Decaf Instant Coffee. I set out small peppermint Candy Canes on each napkin, too; both the Adults and the Children enjoyed those.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 8, 2014
Layered Patchwork Soup Mix
I rated this a 3 not only because I tweaked it (alot), but also because I believe that a Gift in A Jar should be all inclusive, and, for me, instructing the recipient to add his/own chopped Onion warranted a "demerit". My tweaks were: (1) I added 1/4 teaspoon dried celery leaves to the seasoning packet, (2) I omitted the Rice (as suggested by another reviewer) all-together and increased the Barley to 3/4 cups; (3) I included (a) 1/4 cup Deyhydrated Onion AND (b) 1/4 cup Dehydrated Carrots; (4) I used 1/4 cup Green Split Peas and 1/4 cup Yellow Split Peas (rather than just green); and (5) I added 6 tsp. Chicken Bouillon granules (the eqivalent of 6 Chicken Bouillon Cubes). I layered the ingredients as follows (from bottom to top): Barley, Yellow Split Peas, Onions, Carrots, Green Split Peas, Bouillon granules, Brown Lentils. I did separate the seasoning in a packet, but I honestly don't see how including it in the general presentation would detract from it.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 7, 2014
Raisin Pudding
I made this without the Brandy. It was WONDERFUL even without it. :) (I "plumped" the Raisins in almost-hot Water for 10 minutes before adding. I think that helped.)

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Reviewed On: Oct. 25, 2014
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