Kim Profile - (10255395)

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Home Town: St. Peter, Minnesota, USA
Living In: Mosheim, Tennessee, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a stay-at-home Mom of two sweet little girls. I've taught piano lessons for 10 years now and still teach a few students in the afternoons while my toddler is napping. I'm also our church pianist. Cooking is my favorite hobby (one I have time for since we have to eat anyway!).
My favorite things to cook
I love making bread every week in my bread machine, and also enjoy making "Friendship Bread" many different ways. I have fun trying new recipes if they use ingredients I can easily find in my local grocery store (I'm not a fan of recipes with "exotic" ingredients since we live out in the country and cannot obtain these easily). My husband loves my roasts, pulled pork BBQ, homemade rolls, sweet potato casserole with praline topping, chocolate chip cookies, and strawberry pie (just to name a few), so, of course, I enjoy making those as well.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love baking the pies, crisps, quick breads, and cookies that my Mother made for us when we were growing up. When fruit was in season, Mom used it in her baking. We enjoyed strawberry pie and rhubarb crisp in spring, blueberry muffins in summer, apple pie and pumpkin bread in fall, and sugar cookies and ginger snaps in winter, just to name a few. I also love making Thanksgiving dinner like my Mom did, with a big roast turkey (stuffed with apples, onions, celery, etc. for aromatics), sage dressing, sweet potato casserole with praline topping, mashed potatoes and gravy, apple/cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream for dessert. YUMMY!
My cooking triumphs
I've always been afraid to try making my own baked cheesecake, but both my husband and I love this dessert! After reading many reviews, I finally made Chantal's New York Cheesecake for Valentine's day and it turned out beautifully with no cracks or browning, etc. Yea!!
My cooking tragedies
What momentary panic I had when one of my first attempts at cherry pie ran over, and the spilled filling caught fire in the bottom of the oven! Nothing like flames shooting up in your oven to make you forget how to put out a kitchen fire :)
Recipe Reviews 41 reviews
Carrot Souffle
Wonderful basic carrot souffle. I took it to the next level by using half white sugar and half brown sugar for more flavor (I only used about 1/3 c. of each and it was nicely sweetened.) I also added cinnamon, nutmeg, extra vanilla, and a pinch of salt, as well as approx. 1/4 c. evaporated milk (half & half or cream would work as well). The second time I made this, I added an extra egg, which seemed to make for a fluffier souffle. BTW, since it's a "souffle," be sure not to grease your casserole, or it won't rise correctly.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2012
Venison Stew I
We liked this stew very well, but I'm mystified as to why no one has mentioned the obvious problem with adding 1 Tablespoon of salt to a stew with only 3 cups of liquid; that's a teaspoon of salt per cup plus whatever salt is in the Worcestershire sauce!!!! Yikes! I assumed it was a typo and added just 1 teaspoon. I also used 4 cups of beef broth and 1 cup of water to increase the liquid. Adding a stalk of chopped celery with the onions and a can of green beans with the veggies added even more flavor. Overall, a delicious winter stew.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 28, 2011
Indian Shrimp Curry
Having never tried Indian cooking before, this practically perfect recipe provided a fun, easy way to start. We felt like we got to go on a little trip to an exotic place for supper. After simmering for 10 min., the mixture was still a little thin, so I added about a tsp. of cornstarch dissolved in a tbsp. of cold water. My whole family, including my 12-month-old enjoyed this.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 21, 2010
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