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Home Town: Deerfield, Illinois, USA
Living In: Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: May 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Painting/Drawing
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Aug. 6, 2012 5:59 am 
Updated: Aug. 22, 2012 12:56 pm
Today is National Root Beer Float Day. They have a day for everything don't they? I don't have a root beer float to share, but I do have two root beer ice creams to share! Regular and chocolate (black cow). Mmmmmm! Root Beer Ice Cream Black Cow Ice CreamDo you have a favorite? MORE
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I love baking, especially cookies and cakes. :) I love cooking too, but I like to experiment, which can occasionally mean take out! ;)
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in the convenience food era. My parents were divorced and I was a latch key kid. There weren't a whole lot of home cooked meals in my childhood, but lots of packaged and frozen goods. I try to make dinner every night for my family, though sometimes it's take out due to sports activities, etc. I'm envious of those that have their grandmother's recipes, I don't have anything like that.
My cooking triumphs
i've created a few recipes of my own, one I even won a contest for :) I love experimenting and finding new ways to combine flavors. I feel triumphant every time I bring something to my neighbors, they always give me rave reviews!
My cooking tragedies
I try to prepare whatever I can early in the day, so that the hectic afternoon is less... well, hectic! I tend to be pretty frugal, so I'm always pantry diving. I also menu plan every week, it saves me from A) running to the store in the middle of the week and B) getting take out.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Crispy and Creamy Doughnuts
Loved these, they were excellent. I used SAF instant yeast because I use it for everything. I also needed a bit more flour than the recipe indicated, probably between 1/2 and 3/4 cup. otherwise totally perfect, absolutely delicious. I made a chocolate glaze, maple glaze, simple white glaze, the butter vanilla glaze in the recipe, and also cinnamon sugar and powdered sugar. YUM!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 12, 2011
Irish Soda Bread
Marvelous, totally delicious. I will make this over and over. The dough was very sticky, like a loose cookie dough, but the bread/cake is absolutely perfect. I made the recipe as stated and wouldn't change a thing.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 9, 2011
Macaroni and Cheese with Ham, Peas and Shallots
I made this with my own homemade mac and cheese recipe, and I put it in a baking dish topped with panko bread crumbs and baked 20 mins at 350. So yummy!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 6, 2011
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