Amy Profile - (1052712)

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Living In: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Knitting, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
About this Cook
My mother got me started baking as soon as I could reach the kitchen counter. She went back to work when I was in high school and I started cooking dinners about then.
My favorite things to cook
I love getting together with friends for pot-luck dinners on weekends. I think irish stew over colcannon is my most frequently requested meal. I like finding new recipes to keep weeknight dinners from falling into ruts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Years ago I invited my sister-in-law over to bake cookies one day about a week before Christmas. We had so much fun that we invited all the other women in the family to join us the next year. It became an immediate tradition and now we consider it the start of our annual holiday celebration. It's still mostly the women in my family - my mother, my sister, my sisters-in-law and my nieces - but sometimes the guys will get together and take in a movie while the cookies are baking.
My cooking triumphs
The greatest moment for me was the first year I hosted Thanksgiving dinner and the turkey came out perfect in spite of all the sleep I lost the night before worrying about it!
Recipe Reviews 26 reviews
Simplified Cassoulet
I used lamb and almost ruined it by not sealing the pot completely when braising it at 450 degrees. Despite not having the whole portion of lamb, once I'd burned it, the cassoulet turned out quite good. The portions are huge. A half recipe was several meals for my husband and me, even having seconds. Next time I will braise the lamb at a lower temperature so as not to burn it.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2012
Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana
I made the soup exactly according to the recipe. I've never had it at the restaurant chain (I suspect it's one I avoid), but this struck me as bacon soup - too much bacon and sausage. I'll stick to potato soup, or a winter veg soup that has greens and potatoes.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2012
Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
I used butter, because I never bake with margarine. I like the cinnamon and the cookies have a nice chocolate flavor. I wish they looked as good as they taste. I have always thought cocoa gives the finished product less of a sheen than chocolate would. I tried to make them small enough to get the full 36, but only got 33.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 10, 2008
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