ChefAtwell Profile - (10952416)

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Home Town: Moorhead, Minnesota, USA
Living In: Sterling, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2008
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Amazingly, I found a love for cooking while living in a tiny one-bedroom apartment with my husband, cooking in the most unfunctional, inefficiently small kitchen in the world! I credit Rachel Ray's "30-Minute Meals" program on the Food Network. The more I watched her show, the more I learned and became more and more interested in challenging myself in making a tasty dinner. There's nothing better than my husband's approval of something I just made for the first time! I also credit If it wasn't for this great site, I wouldn't have made even a fraction of the awesome dishes that I have.
My favorite things to cook
Yummy salads with homemade dressing, chicken dishes, chinese food. I love to find a recipe that takes something simple (like salad or chicken) and makes it unique and extraordinary. I want to learn more about how certain flavors blend together to make something taste even better.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My heritage is Norwegian and Swedish, so I want to start learning how to make Krumkake and other Norwegian food. I want to be able to teach my children (one day) to cook and pass these recipes to them. Also, my husband and I are establishing our holiday meal traditions, which I'll be even more excited to perfect in the coming holidays!
My cooking triumphs
Cooking pork without killing me and my husband, cleaning chicken (yuck!), trying new things, impressing my entire family and husband with my cooking.
My cooking tragedies
Not all my meals have turned out, that's for sure! It's crazy how you can make something perfectly, and the next time it doesn't turn out at all. But I learn from my failures (and mistakes) and take notes so the next time I make the recipe I will remember what to do differently.
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Cool Whip Cookies
Delish! I made these cookies with chocolate cake mix and used Cool Whip Free. Next time I'll try using cherry chip or vanilla, and add a little bit of vanilla extract to give it more flavor. I brought them to work and everyone loved how light and fluffy they are! A nice change for the hot, summer months! Thank you for the recipe! :)

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 16, 2008
Beef and Bean Chimichangas
This was really good! One tortilla makes a huge portion! I took the advice of others and used a taco seasoning packet. I added black beans to the beef mixture, and spread the refried beans on the tortilla like the recipe called for. This became good "glue" when I was trying to fold the chimichangas! I forgot to put cheese inside, so I sprayed the tortillas with Pam and put the cheese on top. I didn't bake it the entire way (my husband was hungry and cranky) but it turned out good. One thing though, my husband thought the filling tasted like chili. Don't know what that is about, but I might switch up some ingredients next time. Thank you!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 11, 2008
Apple Crisp III
YUM!!!!! The only addition I made was adding a little bit of nutmeg on top of the apples and on the topping, and I added Cinnamon Sugar to the topping, too. It was really good! Thank you for the recipe! :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 11, 2008

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