valmarie Profile - (10543723)

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Home Town: Bloomingdale, Illinois, USA
Living In: Mcallen, Texas, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
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Valmarie's Fam
About this Cook
Mom of a 4 year old picky eater, who hates her food "all together" and a little petite 20 month old piggy who will eat nearly everything; wife of a husband who rates most meals as "ok" but never truly complains or refuses to eat anything; I enjoy quiet time (I don't get that too much these days), coffee with my girlfriends, and dates with my hubby, which are few and far between these days!
My favorite things to cook
It has to be quick, easy and using ingredients I would normally have on hand (meaning nothing funky that costs an arm and a leg to make!) I also much prefer baking than cooking a real meal. Oh and it has to err on the side of healthy!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sadly my mom didn't teach me too much...I think we were shooed out of the kitchen so I was left clueless when it was my time to start cooking!
My cooking triumphs
Well my biggest triumphs are following tried and true recipes and having them come out. It seems like it should be easy...yet my successes seem to be few and far between. Maybe we're all picky?
My cooking tragedies
I still remember one of my first meals making some kind of pot roast in the crock pot. We were newly married, living in Mexico and had some english friends coming over for dinner. I was stressed to say the least. And I cried when the dinner didn't come out as expected. It was edible but perfectionist me was disappointed.
Recipe Reviews 47 reviews
Extreme Chocolate Cake
Wow this was great! After sitting out for a bit the cake seems to have dried out and I wonder if adding a dry pudding mix and some sour cream to the blend somehow will help. But really, as it is, it's pretty great. The frosting is PERFECT consistency. I always have a hard time making buttercreams and this was one was like store quality...but tastes MUCH better! I can't wait to share it with the family.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 25, 2013
Great! I had to modify based on what I had, added the Worchester like someone mentioned to the sauce. We ate it up! I didn't brown first, just plopped them in the pan and covered with sauce. Will def make again!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 6, 2012
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies III
Soooo addicting! I make these every year for an event at school and I have requests. Sub out applesauce for the oil and add pumpkin pie spice, 1 cup of choco chips (Ghiradelli are the best, you will never go back to Hershey, secret ingredient, shhh!) and the rest as written. Seriously a favorite.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 8, 2012

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