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baking wifey

baking wifey
Living In: Leland, North Carolina, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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My and my husband Kris on our wedding day.
Groundhog Day cupcakes!
My boyfriend Kris and I
Mini snickers bars wrapped in cookie dough and rolled in colorec sugar.
About this Cook
I can remember the days of claiming that I could only make a handful of dishes well. Over the years, with help from friends and great recipe sites such as this, I have added many new dishes to my repertoire. I am very glad that my days of only knowing how to nuke Ramen noodles in college are over!
My favorite things to cook
I love using the slow cooker because it allows me to come home from work and not have to stress over making dinner. My favorite dishes are casseroles and other foods that are just as good to eat the next day. I love vegetables and try to find healthy dishes that are full of flavor.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have two step children and I really enjoy teaching them how to cook. I even bought them both a chef's apron and hat.
My cooking triumphs
I have officially become the birthday baker at work. I bake a special treat for each person in my office when their birthday comes around. This has allowed me to try new recipes that I wouldn't normally try.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I tried to make a pound cake from scratch, I got the recipe from my mother. Her pound cakes are always so good and I had just gotten a Kitchenaide mixer for Christmas. I volunteered to bring a pound cake in for a party at my job. The night before I slaved in the kitchen, following the instructions exactly to ensure I didn't mess anything up. Everything seemed fine, until I put the cake in to bake. About half way through the bake time my roomate and I smelled something burning. The pound cake was rising over the pan and was overflowing onto the bottom of my oven! I was mortified, and have not tried to bake anything since. (The cake tasted good, but looked horrible so I had to stop at the store the next morning to buy one for work.) **UPDATE** Almost 5 years after this experience I learned that the reason it overflowed is because I used a bundt pan which wasn't large enough.
Recipe Reviews 133 reviews
French Baguettes
I don't know why I waited so long before trying this recipe! I guess I was intimidated, but it proved to be a very easy recipe to make. I let the dough rise in the bowl for only about 15 minutes before realizing that it had already risen in the bread machine. So, I went ahead and made the loaves, then covered and let rise about 45 minutes. I didn't do the egg/water wash. Intead I put a small bowl of water in the oven and misted the bread about 4 times within the first 10 minutes of baking. This bread had a crunchy crust and a soft center. Perfection!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 26, 2011
Bread Machine Focaccia
Four of us ate the whole thing with our spaghetti last night! I made the recipe as recommended except that on the top I brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with italian seasoning and parmesan cheese. This was also really easy to make!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 21, 2011
Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue
This is one of our go to weeknight meals. We use frozen chicken and just throw it all in.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 4, 2011
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