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J.Marie


J.Marie
 
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Living In: Buffalo, Wyoming, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I learned to bake at the feet of my mother, helping out just as soon as I could hold a measuring cup. Mom and I loved baking cookies together, but I've found myself branching out and exploring cooking on my own as an adult. With my baking background, I used to be a stickler for following recipes exactly, but now that I'm cooking a lot more, I've finally learned to loosen up and improvise.
My favorite things to cook
Pancakes are quite possibly my favorite food because they're so versatile. You can fool around with the recipe, eat them warm or cold, with various toppings or plain. I also quick, one-dish meals that make weeknight suppers a pleasure rather than a chore.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The best part has definitely been the desserts, whether it's Christmas & Halloween cookies or special birthday sweets.
My cooking triumphs
Purple ribbon chocolate chip cookies my first year in 4-H! More recent "triumphs" include anything my boyfriend praises.
My cooking tragedies
After leaving college and moving home for a while, I tried to help out my parents by making dinner. I decided to try a recipe for Mediterranean Lentil soup from a new "healthy" cookbook. Unfortunately, I'd never cooked with lentil beans before. The soup was disgusting gray paste, and the crispy pitas I was browning in the over turned to flaming charcoal frisbees. I think I was crying by the end of it, and lentils have scared me ever since!
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Fast and Delicious Black Bean Soup
This was AWESOME! However, I'm giving it 5 stars with my addition of 1/2 of one chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. I also added a tiny potato, minced, that I needed to use up, and I only had 1/2 of a green pepper, but otherwise I stuck to the recipe (I didn't measure the ham, but only used 1/2 lb). I wonder if the author intended for the juice from the beans to be added? I drained and rinsed mine, but it made it hard to puree the beans in the blender, so I ended up just adding some of the soup to the blender with the beans. Honestly, I think it would be hard to mess up this soup. It's easy, quick & goes great with cornbread & yams (we skipped the toppings, since I think they'd take away from the character of the soup).

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Reviewed On: Apr. 16, 2008
Caramel Corn IV
I made popped one cup of kernels in my stir-crazy popper and made two batches of caramel (I intended to follow the recipe, but ran out of popcorn after starting the 2nd batch of caramel). However, now I think doubling the caramel was perfect. Also, while it's edible without baking, don't skip the baking step! The caramel tends to form big globs when you originally stir it into the popcorn, and the baking/stirring step is what allows you to coat it more evenly and what really makes it seem like professional caramel corn! I do think it seemed a little more bitter at 30 minutes than it did at 20 minutes, though, so next time I'll cut down the baking time to 20-25 minutes.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 5, 2008
Sean's Falafel and Cucumber Sauce
My boyfriend loved this. I thought it was pretty good, but in spite of using only 3/4 of a small onion, I thought it was wa-ay too oniony. It pays to be careful while slowly adding the breadcrumbs if you don't want the patties to crumble. I made the cucumber sauce with fat free Greek yogurt and it was awesome. Next time I may have to double the sauce.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 23, 2007
 
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