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J. Brooke

J. Brooke
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Living In: Hilliard, Ohio, USA
Member Since: May 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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banan cake V
my lucas
my sophie
About this Cook
I am a stay-at-home-mom with 2 awesome kids and a supportive husband. My 4 year old is such a picky eater so I try to find and come up with recipes that he would try but also different than your typical kid-friendly food. My husband and I love to try different foods all the time so it poses a challenge to keep our son happy at the dinner table. Our youngest is only 3 months old so we have a while before she becomes a picky toddler. I love to bake, I think that is what I'm best at since I spent my childhood helping my grandma bake everything under the sun. I've been told that I am a good cook but I think I could be better and still have alot to learn.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving is always a huge get together with our entire family and everybody brings one or two dishes so there is always a ton of food. Once you bring something that everybody raves about then you are pretty much obligated to bring it every year. Two years ago I told Grandma not to worry about the sweet potatoes, I had it covered. She was very happy to give it up since she makes all the pies, the turkey, stuffing and corn. And I was glad to make the potatoes since I never liked Grandma's recipe, the one thing she makes that I never liked, canned yams with marshmallows on top, yuck! So I took a baked sweet potato casserole that everybody loved and now that's the dish I get to take every year.
My cooking triumphs
Years ago I made a banana cream pie (ALL from scratch) for Thanksgiving dinner. Everybody loved it and keeps asking me to bring it back each year. Even after 10 years they all remember that pie. But it took me forever to make it that I don't even want to bother with it anymore.
My cooking tragedies
I wouldn't say that I've had any tragedies but I will say that I'm horrible at cooking fish. I love fish but I always over cook it till it's all dry and tasteless. I'd love to know the secret to cooking a nice piece of fish.
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Pumpkin Loaf
this was so good! super moist and fluffy. i added 1/4 tsp of ground ginger too. yummy!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 9, 2009
Cranberry Sauce
i've never made cranberry sauce before and this was super easy and turned out really good! the only orange juice i had at home had pineapple juice in it as well, but the sauce turned out wonderfully! i almost think it's a little to sweet so next time i'll cut back the sugar just a tad and see how that works. great recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2008
Pesto Sauce
Delicious!!! I made a bunch of it then froze it in individual portions for easy dinners.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2008
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