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Carrie Cass

Carrie Cass
Home Town: Lake Fenton, Michigan, USA
Living In: Corunna, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2008
Cooking Level: Not Rated
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am a mother of 3, but I actually claim 5 extra kids. I have my fiance's 3 kids. We also have friends around all the time, so cooking is a necessity. Tim and I both are pretty good cooks, but I bake way better than he does! (Don't tell him I said that!)
My favorite things to cook
I love to make cakes and cookies, but my favorite things are the recipes my grandma still makes. I am part Hungarian, so I like to make things that people have never heard or either. It sounds weird, but tastes so yummy! I also discovered that I have a special talent for cheesecakes. My family raves about them and that makes me very proud!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma always made palascinta. It's like crepes, with a hungarian touch. My mother made it when I was younger, now I do it. It's a tradition from my father's side of the family, but I'm happy my mother carried it on, because my grandmother died when I was only 4 years old.
My cooking triumphs
My biggest cooking triumph was when I finally was able to make chocolate chip coolies without them turning into doggie biscuits. I didn't realize that all I had to do was to put the dough in the fridge to firm it up. Instead, I would just keep adding flour. Duh!! My other triumph is cheesecake. I never thought I would be able to do it, but I did and they turn out beautifully.
My cooking tragedies
Chocolate chip cookies. The dog loved 'em.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Pumpkin Cheesecake in a Gingersnap Crust
I made this cheesecake yesterday and it turned out wonderfully. As a matter of fact, my daughter didn't want to go to school today because she didn't think there would be any left for her when she got home. I made a few changes, though. I used 4 packages of cream cheese instead of just 3. I also threw in about 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice with the other spices as well. I used a trimmed down turkey cooking bag instead of wrapping the pan in foil, and it worked much better in the water bath. The consistency of this cheesecake is much creamier than the typical cheesecake because of the pumpkin, although I did pat the pumpkin down with paper towel. It was wonderful. My best so far. Can't wait to make it for Thanksgiving. I think I'll do one with the syrup and one without, just to see if there is a difference. ;)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 6, 2008
White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake
I made this cheesecake and it lasted about 10 minutes! I made a change in the crust, using crushed Oreos and butter, and it was wonderful! My b/f's family is always raving about their friend's cheesecakes and they told me I put his to shame! I was gloating, of course. I drizzled the top of this one with white chocolate instead of the blueberry sauce because not everyone likes blueberries. Wonderful. Can't wait to make again!!! i made it once with Hershey's white chips and they didn't melt, so don't use them, just an FYI!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 3, 2008
Dark Chocolate Cake I
I made this cake for my daughter's birthday and it turned out beautifully! I followed the recipe exactly exccept for the eggs, which I separated and then whipped the whites into soft peaks with a little of the sugar and folded in later. I frosted it with the following buttercream frosting: 2 c milk, 1/2 c flour cook until thick, then cool. Cream together 2 c butter and 2 c white sugar. Add cooled milk mixture and 2 teaspoons vanilla, beat until fluffy. I frosted the cake with this frosting and put sliced strawberries in between the layers and on top. Then I put cake in refrigerator for frosting to set up. Absolutely wonderful!!! Definitely my chocolate cake recipe from now on!!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 2, 2008

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