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Donna B

Donna B
Home Town: Addison, Illinois, USA
Living In: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books
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Feed me mommy! I'll have what you're having.
About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. It fills the house with such great smells. And it's really cute to see my husband get so excited about a fresh batch of oatmeal raisin cookies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make an lamb cake every year for Easter. (That's a cake shaped like a lamb, not made out of lamb.) It is a Polish tradition we always had when I was a child. I inherited the lamb-shaped mold for the cake from my great-aunt, and Easter wouldn't be the same without it.
My cooking tragedies
I cannot make fish to save my life. I can make anything else and have it come out great, but even if I follow the recipe to a T, my fish always comes out blah, and sometimes just plain bad. I've given up and started buying pre-seasoned fresh fish fillets at the grocery store.
Recipe Reviews 43 reviews
Burgundy Pork Tenderloin
I subbed in beef broth for 1 cup of the wine. It still had a heavy wine taste. The gravy mix just clumped when added to the liquid, so it didn't really add any flavor. I seared the meat before cooking it, and it definitely stayed moist. I think I'd make this again, but reduce the wine even more and just season and thicken it myself, rather than use the gravy mix. It was just ok as is.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 28, 2013
Mexican Casserole
I don't understand the people who thought this was bland. We thought it had plenty of flavor, and I used reduced sodium taco seasoning and beans. It was super easy to make. I'll definitely be making this again. It's a great way to use up all those broken chips at the bottom of the bag.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 28, 2013
Playgroup Granola Bars
I was disappointed with these, but since I did make some changes I'll still give them a 3. Based on the recommendation of other reviewers I reduced the amount of sugar (I do this in most baked goods) and added some apple sauce to make them more moist. The consistency came out ok, but these were super bland. If it weren't for the ton of raisins and crushed pecans I put in, these would have been practically tasteless. I think this is partly due to the reduced sugar, so I would definitely recommend using the full amount. But there was still something missing. They were super easy to make though. Don't know if I'll try them again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 11, 2009

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