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Kimberly Anne ???

Kimberly Anne ???
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Member Since: May 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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About this Cook
I'm a happy mommy of 3 - 2 girls and 1 boy. As of right now, I am a SAHM and I'm planning on resuming my college education this summer (2014). I love to cook and bake and I love to craft - pretty much, I like to make things, anything! My oldest child, who will be 5 in May 2014, is just like me; she loves to make whatever she can and enjoys helping me in the kitchen. I do have my own "small business" which is called Head to Toe Creations, although I don't sell very much at all and it's more for my own personal pleasure. My kids are my life. Like I said, my oldest is about to turn 5, my second baby girl will be 2 in November, and I just had my baby boy this past January, 2014. I thought I would only have 1 love of my life but boy was I wrong! I have 4 loves of my life - the kids and my husband! I don't know what I'd do without any of them!! ?????
My favorite things to cook
I'll cook just about anything! A couple of my specialties are my chicken parmesan, chicken fried rice, a delicious chicken and angel hair pasta "Italian" meal, chicken fettuccini Alfredo, and my daughter loves my mac & cheese (it's boxed Velveeta shells and cheese lol). She also likes my tacos, which are also just simple, store-bought taco dinner kits. I do prefer to make most things homemade, as much as I can from scratch. My mom is a great cook. I learned a lot from her. She is mad though because some of her recipes that she taught me are excellent, but I perfected them! Usually, whatever I make of "hers" is so much better...and even she agrees! I got my cooking skills from my mom and from working as a cook at a large casual dining chain restaurant, and everything else I do, I taught myself. I can make super simple or super complicated. Cooking and being in a kitchen comes natural to me. I'm always up for a challenge and am always willing and eager to cook new, exciting things!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
The things my mom taught me! Her "secret" recipes, procedures, her surprise ingredients. Until she taught me, her stuffing, chicken and turkey noodle soups, and meatballs were the best (then again, don't most people think THEIR mom's stuff is the best?!)! I still have a lot of recipes to learn from her though!!
My cooking triumphs
My mother's recipes that were always good but I made 10 times better!! And my New York style cheesecake is simply amazing!! I get RAVE reviews and compliments from everyone who has ever tried it when I make it! I've had many, MANY requests for the recipe but it is o e thing that I absolutely will NOT give to anyone, not even my mom! I was always told that cheesecakes are hard to make. But from my very first one, I've always been perfect at making them!! My cheesecake is probably my biggest cooking triumph!! (Now after writing all that, I want to make one! Unfortunately [and fortunately at the same time], I have almost no ingredients for it right now!)
My cooking tragedies
It took me YEARS to learn how to make pancakes!! For the longest time, the first ones that I cooked came out fine but after the first round, I constantly undercooked or burnt them. All the batter wound up going down the drain! I would always make it too thin or too thick - I could never get it to come out just right! It also took me a long time to figure out how cook grilled cheese perfectly. It would always come out burnt with the cheese barely beginning to melt! I could make the most complicated recipes but couldn't make simple things like those!!
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Sarah's Rice Pilaf
I am impressed. This was super delicious. I made it to go with a rosemary chicken recipe from here, which was supposed to be the 'star' of the meal but turns out, everyone likes the rice more, including my 5 year old who doesn't eat anything. She asked me to make it every night. I just didn't add onion, as I didn't have any, and used garlic powder (about 2Tbsp) in place of the minced garlic, as I was out of it. I made my chicken broth using water and 'Better Than Bullion' (and also added a tsp of it to the pasta while I was cooking that). Also, I didn't have orzo so I used broken vermacelli in its place. I like to have either pasta or rice with mostly every meal and I think I found my go-to rice. I'd like to try it next time using beef broth instead of chicken. Absolutely delicious!!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2015
My-Hop Pancakes
I made these for Easter breakfast. They disappeared! I added 2 8-gram packets of vanilla flavored sugar, extra vanilla, and butter flavored bakery emulsion. I don't like the taste of pancake batter at all but this batter was amazing! It was difficult for me to Let is sit for a half hour! My only complaint is even though they were delicious, they were kinda thin...they weren't at all fluffy. Next time, I might use just 1 cup of buttermilk. It's almost midnight right now and I want to make them. Unfortunately, it'll have to wait til tomorrow because I'm out of eggs. This is without a doubt the BEST pancake recipe I've ever used! I want to make a double batch and freeze them for a quick breakfast on those rush days but they probably wouldn't last more than a day!!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 27, 2014
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
I am making this now as we speak...or should I say, as I type :) anyway, I just tried a piece of chicken from mine and absolutely delicious!! The only thing with this recipe however, is it could just as easily be made in a large pot on the stove and be finished in an hour or two as opposed to the 6-8 hours in the slow cooker. I followed the recipe ALMOST exactly (but I may cook a bit of rice and add it to my bowl tomorrow). The few, small changes I made are as follows: using about 1-1/2 pounds of raw chicken breast, instead of using cooked, shredded chicken, I cut it into chunks (I'm not crazy about shredded chicken). I put it in water along with 4 bullion cubes instead of using canned chicken broth. I also made the enchilada sauce using the ten minute enchilada sauce recipe from this site (I like to make whatever I can from scratch instead of buying canned stuff) and chopped up 2 green chili peppers as opposed to can. I also omitted the salt. Other than those minor changes, I followed the recipe exactly. Well really, besides using already cooked chicken, I followed it exactly anyway, just with fresh stuff instead of canned. The only times I've ever had chicken tortilla soup were at Applebees (it comes frozen in a bag and it's good but nothing compared to real tortilla soup) and from a Mexican restaurant called Plaza Azteca. There, they make it per order (at least that's what I was told by a server once) and it was really good. This tastes better than that one but is

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Reviewed On: Apr. 5, 2014

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