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Living In: Medford, Oregon, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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About this Cook
Until recently, I claimed to hate to cook. I have never minded cooking as long as I am home, but as a busy single mom working around 60 hours a week plus extra-curricular activities, finding the time and energy to cook is difficult. During the Christmas break, my children decided that they wanted to become vegetarian and I agreed to give it a try. Living in a fairly small town, it's hard to find vegetarian food when you go out to eat, so I have begun cooking at home the majority of the time and we are making it a family event which I enjoy. It's great knowing what goes into our food and working together to create it.
My cooking triumphs
I now cook most food by site with the exception of baking. I've become very good at figuring out ingredients that my family and I like and creative ways to throw them together. Unfortunately, this also makes it hard to make an exact recipe twice! I need to get better at tracking what I do so I can make the perfect recipe again and again.
My cooking tragedies
I was 19 years old, had just married and moved across the country from Oregon to North Carolina. It was just my husband I for Thanksgiving, but I wanted to cook a traditional meal just the same. We ran out of propane about halfway through cooking the turkey! I didn't even know that we were supposed to keep an eye on the propane tank, that's how naive I was (this was propane for our range and home, not the BBQ)! We ended up going to a 24/7 restaurant, but what memories!
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Lazy Baked Macaroni and Cheese
It was ok. Tasted more like a casserole than Mac & Cheese. I'd make it again, especially on a tired night (I'd love to give this a try in the crock pot!), but if I'm after the flavor of real Mac & Cheese, I'll go back to my old standby. I'm just now noticing all of the complaints about texture and someone else mentioned it took twice as long in a gas range. I used frozen cheese (I have diced & shredded cheese that I keep in the freezer ready to go for these types of recipes) so I took it out after 20 minutes and stirred it real good. It was starting to really stick, so I was glad I did. I then cooked it for another 30 minutes and the pasta wasn't quite done, so I stuck it back in for another 10 minutes (without stirring), let it sit for 5-10 minutes and it was perfect! No problems with undercooked noodles whatsoever. I also used my dutch oven for the baking. This really isn't a bad recipe, it just doesn't taste like Mac & Cheese.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2010
Cottage Pudding - Upside Down Cake
Wow, that was pretty amazing. I wish I could give 4 1/2 stars because I think this is worthy of more than 4, but I didn't want to give it a full 5, either. I used nectarines and raspberries and it was sooo good! The first bite was ok, but then I really liked it so I'm not sure why I wasn't happy with the first bite...which is why I didn't give it the full 5 stars. I used significantly more fruit and the raspberries were tart, so I doubled the brown sugar and butter mixture. That was a mistake. It tasted good, but was pretty sweet and it didn't set like the picture which I was disappointed about. I also baked it for about 65 minutes. Next time I'll try using only the 3tbs of butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar even if I do use more fruit. Sounds like this recipe is wonderful with any fruit. Enjoy.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 24, 2010
Alabama Mud Cake
This was VERY rich and I did not like the pineapple and chocolate together. I did not use the mint chocolate chips, either, thank goodness (used regular semi-chocolate chips instead). I can't imagine the combination of those flavors. When I was eating this, I felt like I was eating cake batter, that's how rich it was and it dissolved in my mouth. I had to cook this for another 10 minutes and I think it could have cooked a bit longer, but it was boiling over so I took it out. Afterwards I googled and found this is actually a variation of a dump cake which typically cooks for an hour. I like rich desserts, but this was just too much. I won't be making this again. My son wouldn't even touch the cake and he usually eats anything. I ended up throwing over half of it away.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 22, 2010

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