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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 7 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
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!

14 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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