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Jersey Cook

Jersey Cook
Home Town: New Jersey, USA
Living In: Arkansas, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I've been lucky to have lived in a few different places throughout the US, so I've been fortunate to try many different foods and see how people eat. I've been living in the south for a few years and I am seriously missing all the great foods I grew up on "back east" and that I got to experience living in California. I just haven't embraced southern foods (too heavy and too much frying) and it's also hard to get really great seafood being in a landlocked state. I'd love to think of myself as an expert cook, but there are so many things I learn each day when I cook or bake that I think I still have a long way to go to consider myself an expert.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook and bake for my family. I used to hate baking, I didn't have the patience for it, but over the past 5 or 6 years I've really enjoyed it. I love cooking, especially on the weekends, where I put more effort into my dishes because I have the time for it. I also find it extremely important to feed my family healthy foods. I'm lucky that my son is not a picky eater and loves to eat anything healthy. I love (and prefer) to cook and bake from scratch. I like to know what goes into my food and I can control ingredients and make any necessary changes. I also love how foods taste when they are made from scratch. I stay away from processed foods as much as possible and really pay attention to ingredients, like staying away from anything with added corn syrup. I also try and make my own international dishes.
My cooking triumphs
Trying to create my own recipes and being thrilled when they turn out well.
My cooking tragedies
I have a bad habit of sticking things under the broiler and forgetting I am broiling something until black smoke comes billowing out - but no fires or anything terrible.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Pumpkin Pancakes
I made these for breakfast this morning - followed the recipe exactly and they are so delicious! My son loves them and they were great with REAL maple syrup on them. They made the kitchen smell fantastic. This is our new favorite pancake recipe. Thank you very much!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2012
Marshmallow Fondant
I have never used fondant but wanted to make some decorations for cupcakes so I decided to try this. What a MESS!!! It did turn out and I was able to make exactly what I wanted but I had hot marshmallow everywhere! I will probably use this recipe again if I can figure out how to keep it from getting all over everything. Thanks!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 10, 2011
Cream Cheese Frosting II
I love this frosting! I've made it twice already, the second time I used a peppermint extract. It is delicious....not too sweet! Thanks!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 10, 2011
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