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Rachel Hagedorn

Rachel Hagedorn
Home Town: Dallas, Texas, USA
Living In: Houston, Texas, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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Mike and I celebrating our anniversary
Rachel Hagedorn
About this Cook
I'm a inner city middle school reading teacher. I love to cook when I have time and energy because its a creative outlet for me and it relaxes me. I consider every recipe a starting point not a hard and fast rule and most of my dishes were somebody else's idea I took and ran with.
My favorite things to cook
Garlic Ginger Indian Chicken, tortilla soup, chocolate cake.
My favorite family cooking traditions
On your birthday you get to pick the meals you want for breakfast and dinner. I like it so much I have made it a rule in my own household. As far as comforting memories: Coming home to the smell of cream chip beef over mashed potatoes on cold night or gingerbread with whipped cream made me feel that certain important things were stable . My mom is great at loving on people with food and I hope I get as good at it as she is.
My cooking triumphs
When I can tweak a recipe because I imagine what the combination will be like, and it comes out just right.
My cooking tragedies
I can't get Barefoot Contessa's ultimate brownie recipe to cook right. The batter tastes amazing, I mean perfect but it won't cook right. I feel defeated and keep trying, but its expensive to make. I'm missing something.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Coconut Oatmeal Cookies I
This recipe is the way I have always wanted them to taste. The only thing I tweeked based on the reviews is that I added a 1/2 cup more oats for substance a 1/2 tsp. salt and for my own flair used butter flavored Crisco. I also topped each one with a half pecan. Its a tasty and decorative touch. These are a keeper!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 16, 2012
Tanya's Snickerdoodles
I would give this a five but without the almond extract. They do come out nicely crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I baked them on parchment paper and the bottoms were nice and didn't stick to the pan. Also when they came out of the oven, I sprinkled a little extra topping on them while they were hot and it gave a little extra crunch to it. I agree with the other reviewer too that pushing the balls down a little gives a fuller cookie. Also you don't need to refrigerate the dough for 2-3 hours. Thirty minutes is sufficient.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 30, 2010
Easy Morning Glory Muffins
These are great. Very moist. I didn't reduce the oil or the sugar, which I think makes them moist and sweet, but I did add to the mix one peeled and grated zucchini which was yummy. I also used pecans instead of walnuts. Very very tasty. I did not have enough all purpose flour so I substituted 1 cup of cake flour and it made them very soft. Yummy!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 6, 2010
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