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Home Town: Auburn, Maine, USA
Living In: Portland, Maine, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Blog...  4 posts
Aug. 5, 2010 11:28 am 
Updated: Aug. 5, 2010 12:01 pm
Wow, holy cats - step back, y'all, because I am actually on the ball with something for once.  One thing.  Hey, it's a big step for me. I was almost-nearly-late but I had a burst of motivation and got invitations for kidlet's birthday this weekend at the lake mailed out to his school friends MORE
From The Blog:  the blog of fud by jen
About this Cook
I'm just a mom who likes to cook healthy food for my husband and my two kids. I think it's very important to build a solid foundation for my children to appreciate and understand home-cooked food from whole ingredients.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking and I am always experimenting with new ways to make classic dishes, incorporating healthier alternatives. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate the simple perfection of a good chocolate chip cookie, though!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday baking has always been my favorite. As my kids get older I like to get them involved in the gift creating process. Second to that I enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas - we invite our friends over after all of our scheduled family gatherings so we can all unwind and enjoy our "chosen family" on the holidays.
My cooking triumphs
There is a lot of satisfaction in having multiple dishes (such as for a holiday meal) all ready at the same time. I've also made some really cool cakes for my kids' birthdays - I try to make whatever they request and past confections have included a pirate ship and a castle.
My cooking tragedies
Oh, where do I start? I think one of the worst was the fresh ground local sausage that I thought would still be good after a week in the fridge. I put it in the frying pan to brown and the smell of rancid sausage cooking immediately filled the house. I had to turn off the stove, cover the pan, and we all went out for pizza.
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Beef Stew with Ale
Wow, this recipe is just amazing! I had never attempted beef stew myself and though this was involved the results were fantastic. I discovered the secret to tender beef is letting it cook for the full duration - I've had stew in the past where the beef is dry and tasteless, and tasting this recipe throughout the process I found that the beef was wonderful after browning but then got tough when first boiled in the beer. The subsequent cooking allowed it to reabsorb the moisture from the stew and become tender again. I used Shipyard Brewer's Brown Ale which had a very robust malty flavor and made a gorgeous brown gravy. Delicious!

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 31, 2011
Sweet and Sour Meatballs II
Wow! This is my new favorite recipe for when company comes over. I doubled the recipe the first time out and it is totally awesome, I wanted to eat the entire pot all by myself. The sweet and sour sauce is absolutely perfect, so simple but so delicious, and the meatballs cooked up great. I had my doubts as the meat mixture was pretty wet, but those doubts were proven unfounded as they came out wonderfully. The only change I made is that I sauteed the onions before adding them to the meat mixture as I'm not a raw onion fan. I would definitely do that again though I would dice them really finely for 1 to 1-1/2 inch meatballs. Still, the flavor is phenomenal and I am so thrilled with the results!

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 16, 2011
Slow Cooker Baked Beans
This recipe was pretty decent - I was looking for one that had good basic ingredients, not anything that is already processed and this fit the bill. The beans were very flavorful and tasty - I'd make a few small adjustments and then I think this recipe would be perfect! First, it might just be my slow cooker runs hot but I'd only cook them 8 to 10 hours, tops. Mine got a little bit dried out and very dark. Second, I'd add less sugar but keep the molasses the same as they were a bit sweeter than I'd prefer. Otherwise, yum! A great cheap recipe that makes a ton. I would definitely recommend cooking these beans, then refrigerating overnight and reheating them the next day. The flavor is a LOT better once it's sat around in the fridge for a while. The leftovers were amazing!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 5, 2010
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