Bynska Profile - (10408520)

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Home Town: Forest Lake, Minnesota, USA
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Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I came from a town of 200 people who all knew each other and were quick to help each other. I grew up in a very close-knit Lutheran church and attended ice-cream socials and Mother/Daughter dinners. Of course, these were all pot-luck, so I learned my first (elementary) cooking in the church kitchen with the "Church Ladies Social Circle," of which my Grandmother was the Chairwoman. I also used to bake and decorate cakes professionally.
My favorite things to cook
Ethnic comfort foods: Italian pasta, Tex-Mex, German, Czech and Scandinavian dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
BIG family holiday buffets -- both my and my husband's families at our home all at once. That includes about 75 people -- any excuse for a party! Christmas, Easter, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, July 4th... You get the picture.
My cooking triumphs
I won a baking contest!!! I made an apple/raspberry Linzer Torte, it tasted as beautiful as it looked! I baked our wedding cake -- it was GORGEOUS!! Seven tiers each a different flavor and it was taller than me!
My cooking tragedies
I try not to think about/dwell on/remember those!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup
Amazing soup, thank you Karena! My husband is not a fan of soup but he couldn't stop eating this, I had no leftovers! A few small changes I made were as follows: 1. We hate cilantro, I omitted it. 2. I added 8 ounces of whipped cream cheese, softened. 3. I added 8 ounces of sour cream. 4. I omitted the roux (flour/butter). 5. In addition to the onion, I also sauteed 2 leeks (white and light green sections only).

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 20, 2010
No Bake Double Good Dessert
OMG!!! This was like dying and going to Heaven!!! I used the whole package of Oreo Double Stuffs and processed the cookies until they were pretty fine. To that I added a quarter cup of melted butter, holding back a quarter cup of the crumbs which I sprinkled on top after I drizzled it with caramel and chocolate syrup. I brought it to work for a retirement party and the crowd went wild!!!

96 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 8, 2008
Tater Tot Bake
Excellent! I sauteed the onion with mushrooms then browned the ground beef with them. I mixed cream of mushroom and cream of celery soups and two cans of French cut green beans, omitting the milk and topping that with the cheese. I oven-baked double the amount of tater tots until they were crispy and then put them on top of everything because I like them extra crispy, not soggy.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 29, 2008

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