Meesakelly Profile - (10797700)

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Home Town: Emerald Isle, North Carolina, USA
Living In: Evanston, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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My family
About this Cook
I am 30 years old (as of 2006), am married to a great guy who will eat ANYTHING. From the most exotic cuisine to something I burnt to a crisp - he'll eat it. He may not like it, but he'll try. I also have a 2 year old son who will try and eat most things -- I'm lucky to have this kind of freedom to create meals. I work full time from home and try to keep dinner preparations around 30 min. from inexpensive ingredients. On sundays I like to bake.
My favorite things to cook
easy, fast and delicious or slow, simmering, fill-the-house with aroma type dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Nothing says "Home" to me like a pot of my mom's spaghetti sauce simmering all day and the sound of college football on the television. It's such a peaceful, content feeling.
My cooking triumphs
I've recently gotten to the point where I know just enough about cooking and baking to experiment successfully. I used to experiment but didn't understand what I was doing and it rarely turned out good. Now I can know what I want to end up with and figure out how to get there.
My cooking tragedies
Hmmmm.... a pot of BURNT BLACK green beans I made for my then boyfriend (now husband). As soon as he came to the door for his "home cooked meal" I grabbed my purse and said, "Where're we going?" He said, "I thought you were cooking?" "No, you said you'd take me out. I didn't make dinner." I said.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Jesse and Steve's Fresh Strawberry Cake
I just made this cake and actually, it's really good. I was surprised at the color and density -- though not as dense as a muffin as someone put -- but mine came out more like a carrot cake or apple cake. I think I was used to the white cake mixes with jello and forgot that this had real fruit mashed in it, so of course it's got those dense, fruity areas. Not a pretty cake, again because it's natural. but yummy. Will make again. Oh, I used 1 scant cup white sugar as I had no turbinado sugar. Next time I would bake it in an 8x8 pan to get it some height.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 12, 2008
Bread Pudding I
I'm giving this 4 stars because while both my husband and 3yo son had second helpings. I couldn't finish mine. I followed the recipe using egg bread. The flavor was great, but I didn't care for the mushy texture. I've never had bread pudding before - maybe it's supposed to be mushy? Just thought I'd warn people out there who are mush-phobes like me.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 7, 2007
Red Cabbage
A keeper -- Husband came home from work, saw the purple gook and doubted it -- after 3 helpings, he said, "Keep this one!" I served it with mustard porkchops (1 T mustard, 1 T lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, salt pepper) that went great with the tangy cabbage. I cut the cider vinegar down to 1/3 cup and cooked it in a heavy skillet (minus the water) as I didn't have 45 min. to let it cook.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 20, 2007

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