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MyChipmunk


MyChipmunk
 
Home Town: Northeast, Missouri, USA
Living In: Northeast, Missouri, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Needlepoint, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I was raised in a house where my mom loved to bake and my dad loved to cook, so I've had a healthy taste of both my whole life.
My favorite things to cook
When it comes down to it, I love doing anything in the kitchen. (Except clean up, of course!) I'm always willing to help out with an old family meal, or be the pioneer bringing a new dish to the table.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Something I will always remember, and hope to pass on in a family of my own, is Thanksgiving. My mom and I would be up since early Thanksgiving morning, usually just the two of us, cooking all day. Turkey, dressing, greenbean casserole, scalloped oysters, her homemade noodles and hot rolls, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, cottage cheese salad, and cherry and pumpkin pies. The next day instead of going Black Friday shopping, my mom, my brother, and I would get up early to put up the Christmas tree and decorate the house while my dad sliced and fried the leftover hot rolls into little french bread.
My cooking triumphs
Actually, my greatest triumph is as recent as this last Thanksgiving. My dad is the hardest person in the world to please. Since his mother passed away several years ago, to ask him no one has been able to make a pie crust as good as hers. I made two pumpkin pies and a lattice top cherry pie. Slicing the cherry was almost a chore keeping it "pretty" as the lattice was so tender. My dad's exact words when he tasted it, "Oh my gosh... this is the best pie I've ever had. THAT is a crust my mother would have been proud of. I am." In my book, there is no better compliment.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Easy Meatloaf
This was a wonderful meatloaf, though I did make a few changes and additions. I sauteed the onion with garlic, and used seasoned bread crumbs. Usually I'm a fan of lots of ketchup on my meatloaf, during and after baking, so I took someone else's suggestion and doubled the ketchup/mustard/sugar mixture-it turned out to be the perfect amount.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2009
Brown Sugar Sauce
One word: delicious. I omitted the brandy, and this sauce still turned out perfect. It had a good texture, consistency, color, and superb flavor.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 15, 2009
Apple Coffee Cake With Brown Sugar Sauce
This is a fantastic recipe, though I did make just a couple minor adjustments. I found that the two medium apples I at first chopped up weren't quite enough so I used a third - though maybe two large apples would be plenty. Also, I found the top to my cake browning quite a bit faster than anticipated so I layed the aluminum foil across the top much earlier than suggested. Be careful when doing this, however, as the top of the cake is very sticky while hot. It's best to "tent" the foil over the pan. The Brown Sugar Sauce recipe that accompanies is the superb "cherry on top." The whole thing went over a fantastic hit and is a requested future fall recipe tradition.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 15, 2009
 
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