Jill Profile - Allrecipes.com (10181534)

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Living In: Marion, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I started cooking at my mother's side as soon as I was out of diapers. When my husband and I married, he weighed 134 lbs. Seven months and many meals later, he had gained 43 lbs! My joys are my Professional 600 KitchenAid mixer and all my Cuisinart appliances. My favorite recipes besides on AllRecipes, can be found in Quick Cooking and Taste Of Home. I only wish they were published more often! I also enjoy picking up community published recipe books and cookbooks; to me, those are the best of all.
My favorite things to cook
Traditional American comfort food (i.e. beef and noodles, etc.). I also enjoy cooking Italian, Mexican, some German food (Rivals, sauerkraut, etc). Did I mention I enjoy baking and cake decorating? I also enjoy making various candies at Christmas time and my friend, family, and my son's teachers have told me how much they enjoy receiving their annual mixed box of delectable creations from my kitchen. Favorite foods to prepare are appetizers, party food and traditional American Sunday dinners.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our family cooking traditions are preparing the usual American Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. To us, these consist of turkey or pineapple ham (according to the holiday), harvest potatoes, sweet potatoes with pineapple, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, homemade bread with cinnamon apple butter, pumpkin or lemon pie, Christ cake for Christmas. Also no matter what the occasion, cranberry relish. Until her old age caused her to become pleasantly confused and the family celebrations sadly disintegrated, my siblings and I would meet at my parents' home where my mother (aka Betty Crocker) always prepared the main dish, the cheese tray and relish tray along with many desserts. My sisters-in-law would each pick up something store bought on the way to the dinner and I got to make most of the sides. After the dinner was over, with great pride I would watch my siblings compete over who would get to take my leftovers home! I sure do miss those days.
My cooking triumphs
Catering parties, wedding receptions, baby showers, OSU Buckeye Football parties. This isn't my career, but something I find very fulfilling; something my dear mother handed down to me.
My cooking tragedies
Hanging my head in shame as I admit this: I have set other people's ovens on fire--not once, but twice. How did this happen? I found out the hard way that some people who do not bake, store paper goods, snacks, etc., in their ovens. After the second fire, I learned the valuable lesson of taking time to open the oven and making sure all is clear before preheating!
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Sausage Balls
I mixed these (using Hot Bob Evans) in my KitchenAid Pro 600 with the dough hook so it would mix with ease. I did as suggested by other bakers: Baked for 20 minutes and on cooling racks. The rest of the hors d'oeuvres weren't ready and the guest of honor still wasn't there so I turned off the oven and kept the sausage balls in the oven for about another 15 minutes while keeping the oven door open a tiny bit. When I pulled them out, there was only a drop of grease, about the size of a dime, on the baking sheet, beneath the cooling rack. They were thoroughly baked, brown on top, and sticking to the cooling rack. Next time, I'll use a nonstick cooking spray on the rack. These are absolutely mouthwatering served with Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard or Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard. I stored the few I hid in a Ziploc bag and they reheat well in a paper towel in the microwave for 30 seconds. Tomorrow, I'm making more for us to enjoy during the Fiesta Bowl party. I like these so much better than the ones that take Cheese Whiz. Keep this recipe handy, it's a winner!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 3, 2009
Easy Baked Ham
I made no other changes to the recipe other than not measuring the brown sugar (I'm estimating I used about 1 cup total) and it was absolutely perfect! I'm a Vernors fan anyway and used 2 cans regular Vernors. I believe Diet Vernors wouldn't have made any change at all due to the fact I was using pineapple and the juice as well as brown sugar. This one is a keeper and will be used from now on in this household. Bravo!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2008
Easy Pizza Sauce III
I agree with those who felt it was somewhat acidic. If you prefer more of an acidic sauce rather than a mild sauce, then this might just be the one for you. It was good as a breadstick dipping sauce. If anyone has a sauce recipe comparable to Cassano's pizza sauce, please share with me as I prefer a sweeter sauce and would be very grateful for the recipe. Thanks!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 6, 2008
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