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Penny_Mac


Penny_Mac
 
Home Town: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Living In: Springfield, Oregon, USA
Member Since: May 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Biking, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy baking, and even scratch-baked bread for a little cafe for a couple of years. I also enjoy taking recipes from cookbooks and 'spring-boarding' into a variation not previously included in the original work.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I loved when I was young and we (My parents, my siblings, and I) would go to Grandma's for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner...we had the whole set-up: turkey, dressing, beans, corn, cornbread, rolls, three kinds of pie, yams, EVERYTHING!
My cooking triumphs
For Christmas dinner, my partner and I went to my dad's house for our first Christmas dinner with his fiancee (now my step-mom) and her extended family. I took a bread pudding based on the recipe in Joy of Cooking (1997 ed.) that I had baked in a Bundt pan, with craisins. It was the hit of the day!
My cooking tragedies
I learned the hard way, that while one can have a positive outcome simmering their St. Paddy's Day corned beef in beer, it does NOT work with Guinness. (The meat comes out bitter...ick!)
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Christmas Breakfast Sausage Casserole
I think this recipe has real potential -- it sounds VERY good -- but I think I would make a few VERY MINOR tweaks to it: such as using a whole-grain bread instead of white bread, and using a blend of cheeses, maybe Pepper Jack, Sharp Cheddar, and something crumbled, like a Bleu or a Feta, for a little more depth of flavor. I also notice that several reviews recommend using only ONE cup of dairy, rather than 2, and some onion, so I would probably do that as well. (Yes, yes, I know...I usually preach the idea of trying a recipe as written the first time, then adjusting it after that.) (Also, I gave it three stars as this was as close as I could get to a neutral rating until I can actually try it.)

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 15, 2013
Gazpacho
Just a suggestion for those who commented on the gazpacho taking on a "muddy" colour. If you hold the cilantro and other herbs until after you have blended the soup, then stir the herbs in by hand, it will keep the soup looking brighter!

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 29, 2013
Never-Never Ever-Ever Fail Fudge
Sounds very good -- except for one thing, and this is just MY taste talking here: if you out walnuts in this fudge, you will ruin it. (I had an unfortunate experience with walnuts when I was young!) I would expect that one could use almost any kind of chopped nuts (hazelnuts, filberts, cashews, peanuts, macadamia nuts, almonds) and wind up with a very tasty fudge!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2012
 
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