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Helena Handbasket

Helena Handbasket
Home Town: Silverdale, Washington, USA
Living In: My Parent's Basement, Washington, USA
Member Since: May 2008
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I am a cook of uncertain talents. I can make dinner and bake just about any dessert, but the extent of my abilities remains to be seen. As a kid, I was NOT interested in cooking. But after I got married, I grew tired of my husband telling people, "Oh, she doesn't cook, I do most of that," in a very look-at-me-aren't-I-clever tone. So I started cooking. Much to my mother's delight, who confided in me that because she'd sent her daughter out into the world sans cooking confidence, part of her felt like a failure.
My favorite things to cook
Cookies (all kinds) Chicken (because I find it hard to burn)
My favorite family cooking traditions
A bunch of Norwegian Christmas desserts, which I can't spell
My cooking triumphs
I will never forget the experience of baking the most perfect lemon cake I've ever tasted. Unfortunately, I HAVE forgotten both the name of the cake, and where I got the recipe.
My cooking tragedies
I've had many, but one that stands out is the time (as a kid) I baked brownies with my sister and my best friend. First, we ran out of chocolate chips and had to substitute Nestle chocolate milk powder, then my sis melted the spatula in a bowl of freshly melted, piping hot chocolate chips. I, of course, received the brownie piece with the hunk of melted plastic in it.
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Blueberry Pigs
As another reviewer pointed out, this does look like a pie that's been dropped on the floor. But it is tasty nonetheless! I used strawberries rather than blueberries, plus a dash of lemon zest. I was worried about the strawberries making it too runny, so I mixed the berries, zest and sugar, then let it sit in a bowl for 30 min. I drained off the excess fluid, spread it onto the crust, then made my husband roll it up for me. I read the reviews saying it was hard to roll so I wasn't taking any chances. It rolled up very nicely. Mine baked for about 40 min, and I served it with vanilla ice cream. Yum! Will definitely be making this oozing splat of goodness again.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 1, 2010
Cheesy Ham and Asparagus Bake
My husband is suspicious of anything quiche-like, but he enjoyed this! I did make a few tweaks; I left out the tarragon and added a tsp of garlic salt and a tsp of a mixed spice the hubby loves. I forgot to add the black pepper. I sauteed the onions/bell peppers in butter and garlic powder. The spicing turned out very mild, which I thought was OK but my hubby added more to his piece (hey, I'm not complaining, it was quiche and he LIKED it). Next time I will add some fresh minced garlic in addition to more of the other spices. And remember the black pepper.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 9, 2010
Coconut Oatmeal Cookies I
I like these cookies, they just didn't have much flavor without tweaking the recipe, and they were too sweet for my taste. I used sweetened coconut cause I couldn't find unsweetened (darn you, podunk grocery stores), and cut the white sugar to half a cup. Next time I will use unsweetened coconut AND cut the sugar. I also threw in some dark chocolate chips (which were good), but next time I will use white because I think the flavor will be more complementary. I didn't have problems with flattening, mine came out soft and pillow-y. I made the balls a heaping tsp, and baked for 8min 30sec to 9 minutes. My oven timer goes by minute increments only so the 8 min 30 sec chained me to the kitchen in perpetual count-down mode. But leaving the kitchen with cookies in the oven gives me separation anxiety anyway, so it worked out fine!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 5, 2010
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