Christina Profile - (10546141)

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Home Town: Ackley, Iowa, USA
Living In: West, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Southern, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Photography, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Cheesie Goblin Cheeseball
World's Best Potato Salad
Pecan Pie V
About this Cook
I am a Wife, Mom and Graphic Designer. I have all kinds of varied interests including design of course, online gaming (MMORPG variety), arts and crafts, ets. I grew up in a small town in Iowa and now live in Iowa's capital city. It's still not big city life but it's big enough for me.
My favorite things to cook
I love trying new recipes. I enjoy many different types of food from lean dining options to fat-laden home cooking. I love it all and I like adapting existing recipes to my own taste. Right now I am trying to learn a bit more about Japanese cooking and there is quite a lot to learn.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up around lots of baking and cooking. My mom ran her own cake/catring/gingerbread house business out of our home so she was always busy making something. She also liked to make lots of chinese food at home and try out other international styles of cooking. This was good exposure for me as a child because there just weren't many international food tasting opportunities anywhere around where I grew up. This must have inspired my brother as well because he went on to go to culinary school and is now an executive chef. Though I don't cook or bake professionally, I've toyed with the idea of someday rekindling my mom's home baking business. Maybe someday - we'll see.
My cooking triumphs
I consider any time I make something new that my whole family enjoys a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
Well, I tried to make a diet version of a shepherd's pie the other night - it was just horrible. lol
Recipe Reviews 28 reviews
Beef Brisket with Chipotle Tomatillo Sauce
I have a new pressure cooker and was looking for a fun recipe to try - and this was it! I couldn't find canned tomatillos at my grocer so we bought a pound of regular tomatillos - and that worked fine! Also, my pressure cooker isn't the type that goes on the stove, it is a stand alone unit and it didn't have a "medium" pressure setting - so I just cooked it on high for an hour instead and it was perfect! The chipotle spice was perfect for my husband and I - but if I cooked this for the kids I would need to cut WAY back :) - I will make this recipe again for sure. This would probably work with any large cut of meat - though the brisket was a great way to go. VERY minimal prep and the pressure cooker does the work for you. Wonderful!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 20, 2013
Spiced Pumpkin Seeds
Wonderful recipe starter. Four stars only because I did make some changes by reading through the other reviews. I used butter rather than margarine and doubled the amount, used lawry's seasoned salt instead of regular salt and doubled it, used garlic powder rather than garlic salt and doubled it (actually probably a bit more), kept worcestershire the same and had about 2.5 cups of seeds. I also added in some parmesan cheese sprinkles near th end for some yummy flavor and texture. These took me forever to cook since my seeds were a bit wet from sitting overnight in the fridge but I just kept stirring @ 300 degrees every 20 minutes until they were golden brown and lightly crunchy. I usually lightly sprinked a bit more seasoned salt, garlic powder and/or parm during each stirring session as well. Soooo delicious. If you love chex mix you'll love this pumpkin seed recipe! This is what I'll be using from now on!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 25, 2010
Buttery Soft Pretzels
Perfect recipe. The taste was right on the money. They were so good right out of the oven - can't wait to make another batch!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 8, 2010

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