PlantQueenie Profile - (10692515)

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Home Town: Napa, California, USA
Living In: Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping
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  • Ciabatta
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    By: Benoit Hogue
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White Chocolate Cheesecake
Mango Topping
Strawberry Shortcake
Choco-Capp Goodness!!
Easter Semlor
About this Cook
Professional Dog Trainer with a food & gardening obsession. :)
My favorite things to cook
Love to bake cakes, cookies and breads. Definitely a fan of sweets!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking a large assortment of Christmas cookies and many other holiday specialties.
My cooking triumphs
My most interesting meal was probably as a student studying abroad in Sweden... and I (along with my other American friend/roommate) prepared a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for some of our Swedish & German friends. It went over very well, once I figured out the Swedish word for "turkey" (my first attempt to buy one, ended in the purchase of a duck!) We had to substitute Sweet Potato Pie for the traditional Pumpkin - because we couldn't find any pumpkin - but all together, it was one of the most memorable Thanksgiving's I've ever had.
My cooking tragedies
My resiliency in the kitchen is likely due to botched recipes that I have to re-purpose or recreate. Can't think of anything too devastating... but I've certainly had my share of flops. :)
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Ranch Dressing II
Pretty close match to the most popular brand of dressing mix. After making it a few times, I decided to tweak it a bit. I prefer more sour cream flavor & wanted to lighten it up. So I make mine with either light sour cream/plain greek yogurt & lowfat buttermilk (if I want a dressing) with just a spoonful of mayo. Yum, yum! Tastes best if it has a few hours or overnight to sit in the fridge before using...

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 26, 2014
Coconut Macaroons III
Excellent recipe! These were a big hit with the friends I shared with on Valentine's Day... Chewy and delicious. I almost always use parchment paper when baking, and these popped right off. No mess clean-up! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe... this one's definitely a keeper! :)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 20, 2011
Maple-Garlic Marinated Pork Tenderloin
Fantastic! Hubby loved it. I was dubious of the marinade combo - but it turned out delicious... Easy breezy recipe for the "keepers" file. :)

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 23, 2010

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