Cassandra Profile - (10633235)

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Home Town: Ventura County, California, USA
Living In: Temecula, California, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2007
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian
Hobbies: Camping, Walking
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Starfish Cookies
Football Helmet Cookies
Julie's baby shower favors
Apple Butter - 9-16-12
Parker's 18th bday
About this Cook
I am a single mom of two kids, 19 & 15. While I have been preparing basic meals for my kids & I for many years, I wasn't excited about cooking and haven't considered myself a "good" cook. In the last couple of years though I have become much more interested in learning and trying new recipes and this site is excellent for that.
My favorite things to cook
I like cooking italian--pasta,chicken--I really like using fresh garlic and I love cheese. I also like grilling, esp. chicken. But I pretty much will eat anything.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I would have to say my favorite is Thanksgiving....I have a big family--4 siblings- and we all have kids of our own now. So we get together Thanksgiving morning and all pitch in to make a huge, tasty feast for all.
My cooking triumphs
Still waiting for one.....but I have impressed my kids with crepes for breakfast! I put out fresh berries, strawberry jam, whipped cream, sugar, bananas, and whatever else I can think of, and we add what we want to make the perfect crepe.
My cooking tragedies
The first Thanksgiving dinner I cooked for my family. I was 20 and lived on my own and for some reason I volunteered my roommate and myself to cook the dinner. And for some even crazier reason my family let me! When we took the turkey out of the oven my mother notified me that I had forgotten to remove the "stuff" out of the neck cavity. Ewwww. But the turkey was fine and overall dinner wasn't half bad.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Marshmallow Fondant
This was my first experience with fondant - making it and decorating with it. I was very happy with the taste and the ease of using it for decorating. However, I felt the directions for making it are very difficult, particularly step 2. Since trying this recipe, I found a way I like much better. I pour most of the bag of powdered sugar onto a mat on my table, and make a well in center of it. Then I add the cooled melted marshmallow mixture to the well and begin scooping the powdered sugar up and over the mm mixture with my greased hands. I keep doing this over and over for several minutes until the mm mixture is no longer runny and not as sticky to the touch. Then I begin the kneading process. When I tried adding the powdered sugar as stated in this recipe, it was nearly impossible with the beaters after about one cup of sugar. I've made the fondant now about 6 times with my new approach and LOVE it.

14 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 16, 2012
All-Day Apple Butter
My first experience with Apple butter & canning. I used Fuji apples, 2C white sugar and 1C brown- and could have done with a little less sweetness. I will try one cup of each next time, and there will be a next time because this recipe tastes great! My only problem with recipe--like many others--the time seems to be way off. I read others' reviews so I was expecting it, but after cooking with lid on for 12 hours, I cooked it w/o lid for another 5+ and it still seemed as though it needed more time. But I was impatient and wanted to can, so I am hoping for the best. Also...sauce was still very lumpy at about hour 15 so I put in blender and returned to crock for another couple hours before calling it done. And, finally, I got five full 8oz mason jars out of it.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 16, 2012
Spicy Avocado Sauce
Very Good! I made this exactly per the recipe and thought it was good, but a little spicy. I added an extra tomatillo and a little garlic powder, lemon juice and water, and that made it a 5-star for me. Used it on cicken flautas made from here.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 20, 2010

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