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ravengirl


ravengirl
 
Home Town: Ketchum, Idaho, USA
Living In: Seattle, Washington, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
pies, canning, grilling, pasta/italian, comfort food, healthy gourmet.
My favorite family cooking traditions
farm food handed down from my grandmother; my mom's manicotti, potato salad and carrot cake; my dad's tamales, french onion soup and eggs benedict.
My cooking triumphs
I created a stuffed pumpkin recipe and served it for a dinner party the first time I made it! Crazy, but it worked!
My cooking tragedies
I didn't allow enough time for a turkey to thaw and had to go buy a fresh one on Thanksgiving day. We had to stop at McDonald's around noon because neither one of us had eaten, and it was about 8 pm before we had turkey. Luckily it was just my best friend and I, and though we were snapping at each other that day, we laugh about it today.
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Eggplant Bake
The taste was good but the bottom line is, it was "thin" and a little dry. I made some of the modifications suggested by others (baking instead of frying the breaded eggplant, sauteing the onions and garlic first, and adding basil and oregano). I didn't have muenster so I didn't use it, and really, in a dish that is clearly Mediterranean I would use something like mozzarella, not muenster. In a pan that size I only got a little more than one layer of eggplant, which is too thin. If I make this again, I will either use a 9x9 pan or double the eggplant, and I will use mozzarella with the parmesan and possibly leave out the feta altogether.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2013
Pumpkin Sheet Cake
I made this as a last-minute fill-in for my cooking group at the supported housing building where I work. It came out delicious, but I have one complaint-- the term "sheet cake" is a bit misleading. A true sheet cake is 18x26 or thereabouts; this is only slightly larger than the standard 9x12 cake pan. Yes, I should have read the pan size more closely, but still. On the up side, even when I put it in a sheet cake pan (and adjusted the baking time accordingly) it came out only about 3/4" high but still very tasty. We quickly whipped up another batch of batter and made it in a smaller pan, and it was a huge hit!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 25, 2013
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies II
I do a cooking group for the residents of the supported housing building where I work, and one of them requested this type of cookie. The reviews were very polarized so I was tentative, but there were enough good reviews to make me try it. As it was kind of a class, I followed the recipe as precisely as possible. The flavor was quite good, but they were VERY crumbly and frustrating to work with once they were baked -- they seemed to just disintegrate when I tried to get them off of the pan. I really wanted this to work out, but if I make this kind of cookie again, I will look for another recipe.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 25, 2013
 
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