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Home Town: Ripon, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert
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Blue Ribbon Rocky Road Caramel Bars
About this Cook
I am currently a senior in college. I learned to cook through 4-H (2nd generation) and my mother. Early on, my first (and still favorite) dish is "Andrea's Macaroni and Cheese" which I created because I hated the box Kraft kind and decided to make my own variation on that theme. It has become a staple for many of my friends that I have shared the recipe with in my teaching them to cook when I came to college. I enjoy cooking for my family and friends and entertaining others with the food I make. I am the "cook" for the college pep band I play in, too. My friends always joke they should nominate me for Top Chef, but that is just flattery.
My favorite things to cook
I love creating my own recipes and modifying pre-existing recipes. One thing I am well-known for is usually never measuring ingredients (eyeballing everything) and coming up with great substitutions (I am a poor college student and often don't have all I need on-hand). I love baking and make vegetarian chili, a grilled dish called "concoction," and homemade chicken nuggets to die for!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sitting down to homemade weeknight dinners with my family. Making kolaches every year at Christmas with my family. Peeling apples and fighting (with my sisters) over the peels (and sneaking slices every now and then!). Helping my mom can tomatoes, tomato juice, peaches, pears, applesauce, salsa, grape juice, and jams/jellies.
My cooking triumphs
I won merit awards (outstanding award given to the top 1% of entries) at the county fair for an angel food cake and for a recipe box collection of original creations.
My cooking tragedies
"The crock pot incident"--where I left a batch of BBQ beef on the "high" setting overnight, which burned (my friends don't let me forget about this). Like everyone in their younger, inexperienced days, I had many bumps along the way to becoming an accomplished cook. One incident I remember is when I decided to surprise my mom by making a chocolate 2-layer cake for her birthday. I was too impatient to wait for the cake to cool before frosting it, and the frosting melted all over! I was angry and frustrated (swore I'd never bake again), but my mom came home from work and explained I needed to let the cake cool completely, helped clean up the mess, and make a new batch of creamy chocolate frosting. We made memories together frosting the cake and decorated it with sprinkles and candles. My disaster turned into a learning experience and quality time with my mother (and slightly-soggy but still delectable chocolate birthday cake)!
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Quick and Almost-Professional Buttercream Icing
Too sweet and too runny.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 5, 2012
Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
Substituted the oil with applesauce. It came out beautifully moist and delicious! Seasonings complement the pumpkin perfectly!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 10, 2011
Apple Crisp II
Great recipe--it turned out perfect! I cut the recipe in half, using 3 very large Granny Smith apples. I also omitted the water (per other reviews), cut the white sugar in half, and used slightly less than 1/2 cup of flour in the topping, with 5 Tbsp cold butter cut into the mixture, instead of melting it. I used a 8 x 6 inch glass baking dish and added on about 7 minutes of cooking time, as it wasn't golden brown when the 45 minutes of baking was up. The apples were fork-tender, not mushy and the crust was cripsy, giving it the perfect contrast in texture.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 9, 2011

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