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Lisa Fischbach

Lisa Fischbach
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Living In: Henryville, Indiana, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Southern, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I started a small graphics business from my home about a year ago which allows me much more time for domestic duties. When I worked a full time regular job I hated cooking because it seemed like a chore after a long day at work. I am experimenting and learning new things in the kitchen now and I'm actually starting to enjoy cooking.. just don't tell my husband, if he finds out he'll expect a culinary miracle every night of the week.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking, I always have.. I think because it is so immediately gratifying. Almost everyong ooh's and ahh's over cookies, cakes and pies.. With meals it's always a toss up if your going to meet everyone's tastes.. My favorite desert to make is pumpkin pie, I use sweetened condensed milk instead of the traditional evaporated milk and everyone says it's the best they've every had. I also like making cakes, I used to take orders for birthday cakes from my co-workers and bring in their favorite cakes, some of them hadn't had them since they were kids.. It's fun making people smile like that.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't really have any family cooking traditions. My Nanny (maternal grandmother was a genius in the kitchen but she died when I was only 9 and I didn't retain much of our time together in the kitchen. My mom doesn't really enjoy cooking much, but we do holiday dinners together and I guess our traditions are more in the line of mistakes.. Every year we burn the marshmallows on top of the yams when we broil them, it's inevitable because of her small oven.. We always say "it's not a holiday until something burns"
My cooking triumphs
The first time I mastered my husbands homemade chicken noodle soup recipe was a real good feeling. My husband used to be a chef and can be rather critical of my no-frills cooking style. He cooks like somebodies grandma but over the years I have mastered most of his recipes and even improved on a few.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I tried to make a cake using cake flour, I don't know what I did wrong but it was like a brick. The icing was delicious.. I still don't know what I did wrong, so I am just staying away from cake flour. I also cannot fry an egg over easy, everytime I try the whites turn out runny, I have given up on those as well.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Garlic Cheddar Chicken
I've made this twice for my boyfriend and he loves it! He thinks I am this awesome cook, which of course I'm not but this dish is so easy that t makes me look like one. I made a couple of changes to the recipe to suit our tastes, I used Cheddar Jack cheese instead of plain Cheddar. I used a four cheese blend instead of plain parmesan.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 24, 2011
Traditional Indiana Persimmon Pudding
I am from Henryville, Indiana, originally from New Albany. My Nanny (grandmother) always made this for the holidays, however I was a little confused when I was checking her recipe against the recipes on here. Ours is never stirred, it is meant to have a crust and the consistency of pumpkin pie only thinner. That was always what I loved about it, that chewy outer layer and the gooey inner pudding is to die for. So I guess what I wanted to say is that, it is just as good if not better and a lot less work to just leave it cooking and not stir it. Yes it does come out more cakelike but it is delicious. I think as with all old recipes that it just depends on how our ancestors prepared it and if your all's ancestors are anything like mine were about 1/2 of any recipe was in their heads and up for revision with each preparation. I think if you put all the right ingredients in it, there isn't really any wrong way to make this stuff, it's yummy no matter what. Also, Kerry anyone is allowed to upload a picture of the recipe, there can be 10 or 20 different pictures of the same recipe, people just have to scroll through them, but I agree this picture looks nothing like the traditional Persimmon pudding we make around here, but it doesn't look that bad, I'd eat it. LOL Happy Turkey day.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2009
Perfect Pumpkin Pie
This is the recipe I found on the web when I was trying my first pumpkin pie, it was on a different site and called Magic Pumpkin Pie. When I made it I had no idea that traditionally evaporated milk is used. When I tasted it, I thought it really was magic because it tasted SO much better than the average pumpkin pie. It's a lot more fattening too, but sometimes you just have to splurge and this recipe makes it worth it. The sweetened condensed milk makes a much smoother, denser, more decadent pie and elimates the need to add suger, it is perfectly sweetened, sometimes the recipe makes too much for a store bought pie crust. I microwave the leftovers for 1 min. and eat them warm out of the bowl, yum!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 14, 2007

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