Jen Profile - (10477330)

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Home Town: Greenville, Ohio, USA
Living In: Miamisburg, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Indian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Jen & Pete at the ocean
About this Cook
My husband and I just bought our first home in the Dayton, Ohio, area and we're having fun experimenting in our kitchen with fun new recipes.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking! I love trying new baking recipes and testing them out on my husband, friends, coworkers, family ... anyone who will try it. I also love using the slow cooker for ribs, roasts and stews. I've been getting more experimental lately with ethnic cuisine, such as Thai and Lebanese.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas, my mom, sister and I make tons of cookies and candy - fudge, pralines, toffee, peanut butter swirls, shortbread ... you name it, we make it!
My cooking triumphs
Last Christmas I stumbled across a recipe for cranberry bread on the back of the bag of cranberries. It looked good so I tried it and it was fabulous! I ended up making about half a dozen loaves for my family and friends, and mixed in white chocolate chips and walnuts, then tied them up in cellophane and pretty ribbon. everyone was crazy about it!
My cooking tragedies
1. Setting the stove on fire while trying to make stovetop popcorn. 2. Trying to make icing with my sister, using a recipe that called for eggs and butter, but no sugar! 3. Batch after batch of failed attempts at fudge - i can't ever make it as good as my mom's!
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Cheesy Acorn Squash
This was delicious! I used a frozen mix of green & red peppers and onions, and added a tablespoon of minced garlic. And I used parmesan cheese instead of cheddar, just because my husband and I prefer it. Also, I microwaved the squash for 20 minutes total, but started by poking a couple holes in the rind and nuking for 5 min. whole. Took I it out, cut it in half & hollowed it out, then back in the microwave for 15 minutes. Worked perfectly and much easier to cut in half. Thanks for the great, easy recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2011
Whipped Cream Cream Cheese Frosting
I made this for my son's 1st birthday cupcakes and it was delicious. People were asking where I bought the cupcakes! It does have a strong cream cheese flavor, which I wliked, but if it bothers you, extra sugar would probably minimize the cheesiness. I used powdered sugar and only 1 cup of whipping cream to try to make it a little sturdier, but it was still very soft. I wouldn't try to use this for decorating a cake, but as a nice basic topping, it was perfect.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 19, 2011
Cinnamon Bread I
I made two loaves of this bread as gifts so i never actually got to try it! However, I'm giving 5 stars based on the rave reviews i received! Will definitely make again - this time for me!! By the way - i DID follow the advice of other reviewers and mixed the wet and ry separately, then combined. I also doubled the streusel and put half in the middle and half on top. Obviously, i had no complaints!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 14, 2011

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