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Living In: New Virginia, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I am a stay at home mother to an awesome 2 and a half year old son. I work from home to keep the bills up to date and we share a house with my Mom for now. I do probably 95% of the cooking around here and my little helper joins in for most of that, too. I am a crafter of all sorts of whatever-i-feel-like-makings. I can't sew or crochet or knit or quilt yet, but I will attempt it someday. I'd love to be able to make flattering aprons. :) I love sending out real mail, and I almost always go the extra mile to make the package artistic and interesting. I love to use tons of pretty and interesting stamps, too... even if it costs 5 dollars to ship! I am sure my post office hates me... hehe.
My favorite things to cook
I love making soups, cookies, salads and salad dressings! I am a fan of making almost everything from scratch. I also love grilling.. pretty much anything on the grill. Even pizza! Oh. And I love to make pizzas. Sometimes I go on a bread baking kick, or a baking kick in general. I also make alot of chicken dishes. It's healthier than red meat, but it's also about the only meat my son will eat besides hamburgers! mmmm.... Burgers! I love making crazy burgers. And breakfast! I love to cook breakfast! Okay, I love to cook. Different flavors for different days. ;)
My favorite family cooking traditions
I will be starting some with my son. He loves to cook with me right now and REALLY loves when I print off a new recipe from this site. He knows when he sees it's a recipe that we will be cooking soon! Christmas cookie extravaganza will be a cooking tradition in the future, I am sure. I also plan on making crazy artsy recipe cards for all of the extra special recipes that my son will (hopefully) want in the future. Maybe I will even make a cooking scrapbook! So many ideas... my son is young and I don't have any family cooking traditions from before. I will be starting fresh. :)
My cooking triumphs
Anything my little boy will eat that my mother raves over and that I also enjoy myself. We are all living together, so it's nice when I can find things that we ALL love to put into rotation. I also make an amazing cheesecake. ;)
My cooking tragedies
There are some from time to time... I am very good at cooking eggs any style, but on occasion they fail. When they do, it can actually ruin my day! Or at least my morning.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Mexican Bean Burgers
This was a great base idea.. like others I altered to suit my taste. I LOVE kidney beans, so I stuck with that - lightly cooked the peppers and onion - and went ahead and added some cumin and chili powder. I also used oat flour and fresh whole wheat bread crumbs as a binder. 1/4 cup of salsa was all that was needed for me. Mixed it all with my hands, pan fried, and loved every last bite! Great left-overs.. mine ended up being 5 pretty large patties to fit our buns. Thanks for the idea!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 22, 2011
Coconut Macaroons III
I baked the first batch 15-16 minutes based on others saying they would bake theirs longer in the future for a more toasted exterior. All that really seemed to do was make a thicker shell layer over the outside. I baked the others for 13 minutes and the insides were the same either way, but the exterior bite was much nicer with the shorter time. Maybe if you want toasted, you could roll them in lightly toasted coconut that would toast fully in the oven? Also, I chilled my batter for a bit and sprayed my hands before rolling the dough into golf ball-sized balls. They ended up looking like the ones in the picture currently featured, (3 with 2 raspberries in case it changes) so if you want yours to look like that, that is how to get it done. :) They are super sweet - so i also dipped the bottoms of mine in semi-sweet chocolate to cut it a bit. These remind me of mounds bar filling, and probably would be awesome dipped completely in dark chocolate! FOR THOSE HAVING TROUBLE WITH REMOVING THEM... let them cool a bit first and they might just come off clean. Mine did. I was over-eager and went for them right away and only one wanted to come away with out feeling like it would tear to shreds. Some cookies just need a minute. :)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2009
Shortbread Supreme
Sadly, not what I would call supreme. This just was not the shortbread flavor I was hoping for. If I am going to splurge on an unhealthy cookie - it should taste awesome! I will say that they weren't so awful that I threw them away. I added crushed heath bars to the top before baking the rest of them and those were okay. I won't make these again though. Sorry.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 13, 2009
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