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Dakotaz


Dakotaz
 
Home Town: Kansas, USA
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Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Just Me!
Roasted Chicken made by Dakotaz
No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars made by Dakotaz
Peach Crisp Photo by Dakotaz
About this Cook
When I just had to worry about cooking for me, I was all about quick and simple, mostly microwaved. Then I acquired a husband and daughter, and I used to hate having to come up with ideas for dinner. After finding this site, I now spend hours browsing recipes and giving my family something new at least once a week, if not more! They think I lied about lacking skills in the kitchen, but the truth....things are much easier when you have a recipe that's been tried, tested, and perfected by others!
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake cookies! Now I even have a favorite from this site that I bake and sell at a local bingo hall! They are a huge hit and I sell out completely everytime I take them! :-) No more store bought dough in this house!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving.....it's the one day a year that I can count on my husband to fix the whole meal and I get to relax!
My cooking triumphs
Making home baked cookies from SCRATCH....and they come out perfect every single time!
My cooking tragedies
Old fashioned fried chicken. Undercooked it! Now my husband is the only one who fries chicken, but he does it so well!
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Juicy Roasted Chicken
I've never had a roasted chicken as Juicy as this from a store, restaurant, or home cooked! Changed it a little. Didn't have celery, so I put a 1/4 onion wedge in the cavity. Instead of just salt/pepper, I rubbed the whole bird with butter, then made a blend of garlic pepper, thyme, red pepper flakes, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, rubbing it over the entire bird. I also sprinkled garlic powder in cavity. I wrapped it twice in saran wrap and refrigerated for 2 hours before cooking. I put 1 cup water in pan with fresh cut potatoes and carrots, then the chicken. It's ridiculous how juicy, moist, tender, and flavorful this turned out! A+! Posting a photo too!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2009
No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars
I doubled the recipe to use a 9x13 pan. Doubled, it called for 2 cups of butter, but reviewers said the butter was too much, so I used 1 1/2 cups. Once I got to the point of adding the oats, I did not see how the mixture was going to hold together firmly enough to get the bars out in one solid piece. So after cooking the oats a few minutes, I added Light Corn Syrup to the mixture. I didn't measure it, I just kept adding until it appeared to "stick" together better. I'd guess it was 1 to 2 tablespoons. I used 3/4 of the mixture on the bottom layer, and crumbled the rest over the top of the chocolate. I pressed the top layer down a bit. Popped it in the fridge for about 30 minutes while we ate dinner. Immediately cut them and removed from pan. I had no trouble at all with the bottom being crumbly, it held together nicely, so I think the Corn Syrup really helped with the problem that others had. Easy to make, and very tasty...addicting!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2009
Easy Peach Crisp I
After reading reviews, I modified this. I used 2(15oz) cans of Del Monte Peaches in Extra Light Syrup. Because of complaints about being too sweet, I poured peaches/juice into pan, then sprinkled 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 tsp of Cinammon, 1 tsp of Nutmeg on them. I mixed in a 1/2 tsp of Cornstarch to prevent the runniness some complained of and it was not runny at all. For topping, I used Duncan Hines Butter Golden cake mix, added a cup of Oats, more cinammon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. I used a stick of room temperature butter and mixed with my hands, crumbling it on top of the peaches. Baked for 40 minutes and it came out perfect! Not too sweet at all. Personally I'd like more peach, so I'd add a 3rd can next time. The topping made so much, that I have a 2nd one in the oven using 3 cans of Apricots. Smells wonderful!

20 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2009
 
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