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Home Town: Blanding, Utah, USA
Living In: Winnemucca, Nevada, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2000
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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About this Cook
I love cooking and baking for my friends and family. I have two beautiful boys and 1 lovely little girl. I always want them to enjoy their food and time spent together at the family table.
My favorite things to cook
I love to make desserts the most, but baking breads, scones, and curry are at the top of the list too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My own family never did much cooking together. But I do remember going to Grandma's house and helping while she made the most delicious biscuits I have ever had. The smell of fresh biscuits filled the house and I was usually covered with flour!
My cooking triumphs
After 5 years and many failed attempts, I have finally learned how to make my mom's famous fudge. Everyone loves it and now I love to make it for them! Secret family recipe (sorry, but I can't share).
My cooking tragedies
My friend and I once made sugar cookies at her house. As we were baking them, the most wonderful smell of garlic bread filled the house and we couldn't find its source until we looked at our cookie dough. We had used garlic butter instead of margarine! Great with spaghetti.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Thick Cut-Outs
Good flavor and beautiful cookies. To answer the question of some previous "reviewers," YES you do add both the 6 egg yolks and the 4 eggs (which means you will use a total of 10 eggs for this recipe and have to figure out what to do with 6 egg whites - omelets anyone?). I rolled them out to between 1/4 and 1/2 an inch. Then make sure that your oven is right and cook them 8 minutes, no more. 2 minutes on the cookie sheet finishes off the cooking and they don't get brown edges. They are puffy and sweet. I added 1 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp almond, but if you don't like almond, these would probably be okay with just the vanilla. They work really well with frosting. I made lots of Christmas trees and candy cane shapes. We had almost as much fun eating them as we had decorating them as a family.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 17, 2008
Best Ever Popcorn Balls
Much easier than carmel popcorn as far as preparation goes. Easy to make, very sweet. Flavor is similar to rice crispy treats. I doubled the recipe and made it into 12 snowmen. If you want to make snowmen, you can use icing or mini M&Ms for eyes, nose, mouth, and buttons. If you plan to use little candies (of any kind) you will need to put them on the snowmen ASAP, because they have to be really stuck on the snowmen before it cools too much. I greased my hands with Pam cooking spray because it was much easier and faster. Great recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 15, 2008
Creme Brulee II
I tried this recipe twice. First exactly as the recipe states and second as suggested by another reviewer (with an extra egg yolk and whipping cream instead of heavy cream). The first test was watery and took over an hour to set properly in the oven. It never had a that custard-like texture that I love. The second test was better, but still not satisfactory. This one took just under an hour to set up and still had a grease-like liquid surface that had to be poured off (even after allowing to cool in the fridge for 6 hours) before it was palatable.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 29, 2007

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