amandanicole82 Profile - (11332654)

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Home Town: Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, USA
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Member Since: Dec. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I have been cooking since I can remember! Helping my mom in the kitchen from a very young ago. I think the first thing I cooked myself was hotdogs and mac n cheese (from a box of course) with mom's supervision... I think I was about 5 or 6. I have continued with a love of food and creating. I am very artistic in many different ways. Cooking to me is an art as well. I also enjoy sewing, scrapbooking, photography, home decor, walking through the many parks in my area, traveling and many more.
My favorite things to cook
I don't know that I have a favorite thing/things to cook. I like to try new things often and push myself with new creations and ways I have never cooked before. I like to bake as well, usually casseroles, cookies and breads.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My best friend (more like a sister) and I have started a tradition of baking holiday cookies every year (about 3 years now). Its a good time for us to get together and we both love to bake. I also love when my mom makes her "potato soup" when weather gets chilly- always a favorite as a kid, even now! No one can cook like mom it seems. Even when you try to perfect it, its never the same. I also look forward to my birthday, as I still ask my mom for her "wacky cake".. an AMAZING eggless chocolate cake. I also love creating recipes that have been handed down through generations, and wonder what it was like when my great grandmother was in her kitchen making the same thing.
My cooking triumphs
(recently)I re-created Julia Child's "coq au vin"... it was complicated, time consuming but ooohh so yummy! I was very impressed with myself, I felt as if I should be in front of judges! Other triumphs are my own creation of an au gratin potato dish. I created it out of my head and both my picky grandmother and my self proclaimed food critic step father ranted and raved about them. I try to make them once a year. Also, I have been trying dishes that are out of my "comfort zone" and luckily, they usually turn out quite well and tasty too!
My cooking tragedies
I cannot for the life of me seem to accomplish making no- bake cookies! I have tried different recipes, I have tried boiling longer, shorter.. still to no avail. I will continue to try to make these. I can't be outdone by my nephew who can make them just fine!
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Rhubarb Strawberry Crunch
This was WAY too sweet and VERY runny. I like sweet stuff, but this was so sweet I could hardly taste the strawberries and the rhubarb flavor nearly was non-existant. I used 2 1/2 cups each strawberries and rhubarb as that's what I had. Because I had a total of 5 instead of 6 cups, I reduced the sugar to 3/4 cup and kept the flour to 3 tablespoons. Luckily I put the pan onto large cookie sheet, as it bubbled over. As I took it out of the oven, I tilted the pan so more of the juice could run off onto the cookie sheet, and about 1/2-3/4 cup worth did. I let it stand for an hour before scooping some out to serve, still very runny! If I were to make this again, I would use 3 cups each as the recipe states and cut the sugar in half to 1/2 cup and increase the flour to probably double. Overall, not too happy with the outcome.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 8, 2012
Butternut and Apple Harvest Soup
Very traditional tasting soup with all the flavors of fall! I did a few things different though. I used both a baking potato and a sweet potato. I also used veggie broth and not chicken. I increased the squash by about 3/4 cup as well. I got a large squash, which was WAY too much. I would reccomend (unless you want left over squash) to pick the smallest squash you can find! I cooked it all and froze half of it. Even using the half squash, there was still more than called for in this recipe, so I added more to it. I think this ended up being a good thing as it made the soup thicker. Even this made a very large pot of soup. I ended up freezing half of the soup as well, which thawed and heated tasted just as good as the first time! I will make this again.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 16, 2010
Simple White Bread
I cut this recipe in half and used this recipe with king arthurs white whole wheat flour and added some spinach, basil and sun dried tomato. I shaped it in the form of a baguette and baked on a cookie sheet. Though I didnt make this exact bread- overall it was the same recipe and my creation turned out quite good! I look forward to making this bread just as directed as well. I think this is a good basic recipe for customizing and will use it again for future creations.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 16, 2010

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