Natalie Profile - (10926261)

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Home Town: Layton/Sandy, Utah, USA
Living In: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a SAHM with two children, a toddler boy and baby girl. I'm not a great cook, but I'm learning and, more importantly, really want to become better. I'm trying to learn and improve now, so my children will enjoy my cooking and eating healthy as they grow up.
My favorite things to cook
As far as main dishes are concerned, recipes I'm familiar with, because it takes less time and creates less mess/catastrophes or confusion. Desserts are another story. I enjoy getting creative and learning new things, when I can find the time/energy. See below for some of my favorites. I DO love to sneak healthy things into any recipe. The more nutrition I can get out of any meal the better, but only if it doesn't compromise the taste.
My favorite family cooking traditions
soups (minestrone, veggie cheese, etc), oatmeal choc. chip cookies, funeral potatoes and ham, lasagna, sheperd's pie, chicken enchiladas, smoothies...
My cooking triumphs
I made my first real homemade bread last week. It turned out better than I hoped, which I made one loaf and several small bread bowls out of. Delicious! I also made lasagna the other day for my 2nd time ever, and it was quite delicious, if I do say so myself...and with only a brief phone conversation with my mom, no official recipe. I make a few good desserts, such as peach cobbler, oatmeal cookies, better-than-anything cakes, brownies (many kinds) and banana/zucchini breads.
My cooking tragedies
too many to think of one right now. I make silly mistakes all the time - too much pepper, not enough spice, too bland, burnt, doughy, you name it!
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
French Onion Soup Gratinee
Outstanding! I altered the recipe by doubling it, only using yellow onions, omitting the wine, using fresh chicken broth, using beef bouillon with water, using regular white vinegar (1 tbsp for the doubled batch, in case not being the correct vinegar would be a big deal), and put the spices in dry (crushed to bring out the flavors more). Lastly, I used a submersible blender at the end and pureed the whole thing to be smooth. I thought it was heavenly, so flavorful and buttery/creamy. I wasn't planning on this being dinner for the kids, so I just made it at the same time as broiled shredded BBQ chicken sandwiches. I put the two together (dipped the sandwich) and it was a pleasantly surprising combo! I will definitely make this again and try to make it more true to the original recipe, topped with toast, cheese and paprika. THANK YOU for this recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 15, 2012
Molasses Cookies II
Molasses cookies aren't my favorite, but this is a very tasty one. Spicy and Soft (I'm sure could be cooked longer to be wonderfully crispy).

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 15, 2011
Brown Sugar Meatloaf
My family and I all loved this. I actually used ground turkey, since I didn't have ground beef on hand, and it turned out better than I expected. I also used a bit of (couple Tbsp maybe) Italian Seasoned bread crumbs. I served the meatloaf with fresh green beans and a baked potato. Delicious!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 23, 2010

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