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Rachel


Rachel
 
Living In: West Virginia, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I am a homeschooling mom, part-time librarian and writer. Cooking is my default creative outlet :) I do it when I am happy, sad, stressed, excited, hungry...
My favorite things to cook
Made-from-scratch cakes, pies, biscuits; Mexican: tamales, enchiladas; big family dinners that remind me of my childhood: chicken and dumplings, creamed chicken, sausage gravy and biscuits.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making requested birthday dinners and cakes. Making, decorating and distributing Christmas cookies with my kids. Thanksgiving!
My cooking triumphs
People eat it and come back for more, haha...
My cooking tragedies
When I was 20, I was making my son's homemade chocolate cake for his birthday and many guests were expected. In my nervous flurry, I accidentally grabbed the mason jar containing baking soda instead of the one with powdered sugar, and made the entire batch of icing with it. I did not realize my mistake until I'd finished frosting the cake and licked the spatula. It was awful! I had to send my husband out at the last minute to buy a cake from the grocery store!
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
White Bean with Fennel Soup
I didn't have any fennel, but I had all the other ingredients so I made this soup as prescribed but added some dried rosemary. I did pre-saute the onion and garlic as one reviewer suggested, and we grated some parmesan on top at serving time. Everyone loved it!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 21, 2012
Melt - In - Your - Mouth Shortbread
I usually make a traditional shortbread at Christmas time. These have a nice texture, but I wasn't sold on the flavor when I tasted the dough. It just didn't taste as rich. I added some lemon juice and zest to make the taste more multi-dimensional.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 21, 2012
Christmas Plum Pudding
The flavor of the pudding was good when I tasted the batter, but I steamed the pudding for 9.5 hrs, checked it, and it was very dark and the entire outside of the pudding seems burnt. I have never burnt anything while steaming before and didn't even know that was possible. :(

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 21, 2012
 
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