sophie Profile - (10867792)

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Home Town: North Carolina, USA
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Member Since: Nov. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Dessert
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this is the real Sophie!
About this Cook
I began cooking as a preteen and have never stopped! I still make some of the recipes from long ago - but love trying new foods and techniques. Amazing how the availability of fresh ingredients has improved over the years - makes cooking so much more interesting! A note to young cooks - all recipes are a base - don't be afraid to experiment and change them to fit your family's tastes. Cooking should be fun, not robotic!
My favorite things to cook
Lovely Comfort foods - Roast Chicken, Pot Roast, Braised Short Ribs., Salisbury Steak. All with a special touch or two to make them uniquely mine! Yummy baked goods - Ginger cookies, Kentucky Derby Pie, Devils Food Cupcakes with 7 Minute Frosting, Cheesecake - pretty much anything sweet!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas Eve Dinner - always a 4 course yum fest, but always make ahead easy to insure family time! Special Sunday Brunches with friends - individual Dutch Babies with Fresh Fruit is a favorite!
My cooking triumphs
Holiday Cookie Trays - at least 12-20 types of cookies and candies,
My cooking tragedies
Anytime I try to do a meringue of any kind. Always end up with a weepy gummy MESS!
Recipe Reviews 32 reviews
Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips
i like to do most of the prep for a party ahead of time - you cannot do that with this recipe, hence the 4 star rating. Plus it doesn't keep well, AND the chopping is time consuming. It is delicious as written - but is also tremendously flexible, which I love. Depending upon where (and to whom) it is being served, I might add a splash of orange or blackberry liquor. Toss in a few blackberries or blueberries. I use less sugar, and a little more jam. I might add a leaf of mint. (Remove before serving, and don't add too much!) Change anything you want to make it your own - or keep it exact. Delicious however. I alway chop the fruit into tiny pieces. Tiny. Tiny. The liquid it releases then becomes a part of the salsa, and you don't have fruit salad drowning in its' own juice. I serve it with a small spoon, rather than trying to 'dip' the chips. Also use packaged cinnamon sugar pita chips or bagel rounds, they go fast! If there is any left - serve it over cheesecake, ice cream, or use as an accent for strawberry shortcake. YUM!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 11, 2015
Cranberry Chicken I
Great recipe. I use Russian or Catalina dressing if I can't find French. Yes, the ingredients look odd, but the flavors meld and are quite delicious! This is a lovely "red" recipe to make for Valentines Day or a Christmas Party. Use any chicken pieces you like - multiplies easily, I have made for 20 without issues. Serve with rice and carrots - YUM!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 3, 2015
Chef John's Dutch Babies
I make these often, delicious with a fresh fruit side of strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries. I invested in 6 small cast iron skillets, and everyone gets their own - a favorite breakfast on the weekend - so easy. I don't clarify the butter - an unnecessary step. Lemon and confectioner's sugar is critical!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 13, 2014

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