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Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Living In: St. Mary's County, Maryland, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Dessert
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Well, I am in my mid-twenties. I am originally from Minneapolis, but moved to Maryland where I, shortly thereafter, met my husband. Jeromy and I were just married summer of 2006, so we we still have newlywed syndrome! We are Christians, and that fact influences everything we do! My personal interests include: writing, reading Christian authors, teaching children’s church, missions team, listening to Christian music and attending concerts, meeting new people, camping, hiking, traveling, driving, mountains, baking, and sipping sweet espresso beverages! :)
My favorite things to cook
banana bread (usually based on my unwillingness to throw away a brown banana, though!), applesauce cake, brownies (and yes, a shortening recipe), oatmeal raisen cookies (ok, so you see I like to bake!). As far as cooking, my favorite is stir-fry chicken (sweet & sour, curry, teriyaki, whatever) with broccoli and jasmine rice! Mmmmmm! Also homemade pizza, turkey chili, and any other stew/soup recipe in the crock pot! Gotta love it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Goolash. Simple, hearty, tasty, and my mom always made it. Pea soup - another of my mother's recipes. Also, apple crisp. And then there's lefsa, which is from my Norwegian heritage. It was a family ordeal! Another tradition is all the extended family gathering at my grandma's place near Austin, Minnesota (home of HORMEL) and shucking, boiling, and cutting corn to freeze in ziplock baggies for the long winter. NOTHING like fresh Hormel corn-on-the-cob. When we were done working we would feast on nothing but corn for dinner!
My cooking triumphs
Can't really brag about cooking yet. Although, now that I'm married, I have a little bit more responsibility in that area! But I do like baking better. A co-worker just asked me for a rum/applesauce cake recipe I made for all of them - does that count? I prefer baking because there's no pressure if it fails. With cooking, you can't fail or you starve! I get grouchy when I'm hungry! :)
My cooking tragedies
I try not to dwell there....
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
If I had more than 2 thumbs, I would put up about 10! Only added salt and vanilla. Also put some Craisins in 1/2 the batch. Perfect.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 15, 2009
Apple Crisp II
We all know that apple crisp is just an excuse to eat that yummy sweet, oat, and buttery topping! 5 stars just for that! :)

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 9, 2008
Norwegian Lefse
Cont: Though we ALWAYS drove down to Decorah, Iowa, for their annual Nordic Fest, and the highlight was watching the ladies dressed in traditional Norwegian clothing (of course during the hottest weekend of the year!) making lefse for purchase. There's nothing like fresh, warm, slightly crispy on the edges lefse, toppings or none! The homemade scent of lefse that filled our condo this week brought back so many great family memories! It didn't matter the holiday, there was never enough lefse to go around. We'd end up getting one each, and the rest we'd have to split with all my cousins and aunts and uncles! What a treat!

14 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 9, 2008

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