ashleyco Profile - (10430184)

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Home Town: Cupertino, California, USA
Living In: Provo, Utah, USA
Member Since: May 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Italian, Nouvelle, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
i'm a fairly inexperienced cook who always thought i'd be terrible, but i've discovered the fun of altering recipes and adding ingredients from the right palate and my roommates and finace love everything i make! i want to expand my skills and try cooking foods with a different taste palate (such as asian and miditerranean dishes).
My favorite things to cook
chicken, fish, breakfast foods, muffins and other baked goods
My favorite family cooking traditions
my mother's spaghetti sauce, her mashed potatoes, and her famous cookies
My cooking triumphs
when i was a senior in high school my mom put me in charge of cooking fish for dinner one night--i was terrified that i didn't know how to cook and it would turn out awful, but i ended up experimenting with spices and now have a chicken/fish marinate that is to die for.
My cooking tragedies
i made my famous chicken for my family when they came to visit me at school and my dad drenched it in bbq sauce before even tasting it. i was pissed...
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Simple Whole Wheat Bread
time consuming, but SO worth it! substituted applesauce at the beginning for butter and added 1 cup oats. lasted in a ziploc bag on the counter for over a week and makes delicious pb and honey/jam sandwiches, french toast, or just plain toast.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 11, 2008
Spinach and Tortellini Salad
My older sister makes a delicious tortellini salad that I wanted to recreate using spinach to get rid of it before it went bad and this is the AMAZINGLY HUGE hit that I came up with. I added 1 can artichoke hearts, salami (but sausage would've worked great too), I used I can canned tomatoes (would've preferred sund-dried tomatoes, but they're wayy too expensive), and I made sure to use a good chunky italien dressing. The taste of this is SO flavorful and refreshingly light and delicious. This was such a huge hit with my finace who has been raised on high fat, high sugar meals his entire life. Keeps well--excellent for picnics or make a big batch and use for a fresher lunch option throughout the week.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 11, 2008
Double Quick Dinner Rolls
I had trouble with these rising, but I'm pretty much positive thats my fault-next time I'll measure out the yeast perfectly instead of just throwing in a pre-measured packet. Other than that I wanted healthier/less elaborate rolls that would go better with my dinner so I replaced the potato flakes with oatmeal, subsituted the white sgr with brn, replaced the veg oil with applesauce, omitted the onion powder, and replaced one cup flour with wheat flour. Despite my touble with these rising they turned out AMAZING. I couldn't believe how well they turned out despite everything. They were sweeter than I expected and my guests left asking for more. Suprisingly light and very complimentary to any dinner dish-will become my go-to for dinner rolls!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 11, 2008

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