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Home Town: Vancouver, Washington, USA
Living In: Imperial Beach, California, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Fishing, Hunting, Reading Books, Music
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Jason and Krissi
About this Cook
It's actually two of us since my husband and I both use this account. We enjoy cooking together, and you will usually find us in the kitchen if we are bored and/or have spare time. I enjoy cooking and he enjoys baking, but often we take over each others projects so that most things truly become a joint effort.
My favorite things to cook
We are both very passionate about cooking organic, local, sustainable foods. We shop mostly at the farmer's market, but also at our local co-op and we buy our meat from a butcher who's meat comes from a local animal welfare approved farm. We also do it on a really tight budget since we are (like most) an underpaid military family. The best part of cooking this way, other than doing our part to help fight climate change and global warming, is that we have to eat according to the seasons, so our diet works in harmony with our natural biology, and we are much more healthy without much effort on our part.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Some of my favorite memories are of baking with my Grandmother as a child. I love recreating some of those old favorites, and passing the same tradition on to our boys. My husband and I also enjoy canning and freezing foods when they are in season so that we can enjoy them all year long, and I think it's wonderful that we have brought back a dying art to meet our modern culinary needs.
My cooking triumphs
Well even though it turned out to be super simple, I was ecstatic when my first attempt at homemade marshmallow turned out perfectly. I also remember how wonderful it felt the first time I made Thanksgiving dinner for my own family. I was SO proud of myself!
My cooking tragedies
I suck at omlettes...I probably have a 20-30% success rate with them! And both of us have a tendency to rush through recipes without reading the directions first.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Green Beans with Bread Crumbs
As is I don't think this recipe would be great, so I gave it 3 stars. Ten minutes is way too long for green beans, they'd turn to mush and there is too much olive oil and that wouldn't help with the mush factor either, so it's no wonder that people are complaining about the bread crumbs being soggy. However I found this recipe to be easy to adjust & it turned out to be the best dish on our holiday table! I steamed the green beans with some sliced garlic until they were just slightly under cooked. Then in a saute pan I cooked 4 strips of diced bacon, and when they were almost brown I added some quartered mushroom and the herbs (I used fresh, but dry would still work great). Instead of adding the olive oil, I sauted the steamed beans and garlic in the bacon mixture (which I hadn't drained) and then added the bread crumbs & parmesan. Next I put the whole thing in a baking dish, sprinkled it with more breadcrumbs & parmesan, and put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes (just long enough to finish cooking the beans & mushrooms). The parmesan didn't really melt, but it browned up with the bread crumbs and made a nice crunchy layer on the top. It was incredible! It's the only thing that I made that had no leftovers! I have never served green beans at the holidays before, but I will from now on! 5 Stars for the finished product!...But I never would have gotten there without this recipe!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2009
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
I made this recipe today because I couldn't find my favorite Mashed Sweet Potato recipe after cooking them on Thanksgiving, and I have to say that I'm glad I lost it! This recipe is much simpler and a lot less sweet, which is good for me since I am diabetic. I'm the only one in the house that eats them so I cut the recipe to only 2 servings and it still turned out wonderful. I also made some homemade marshmallow for the topping and it turned out perfectly. With this recipe, Mashed Sweet Potatoes will definitely be appearing more regularly on my dinner plate! Thanks for sharing!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2009
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