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Home Town: Glenview, Illinois, USA
Living In: Decorah, Iowa, USA
Member Since: May 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Dessert
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Me and Aidos
Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
About this Cook
I'm 21 years old and a senior at Luther College in Decorah, IA. I've been baking since I was a teeny tiny child. I live in town with my husband Aiden. In an attempt to avoid eating processed foods as often as possible, we try to homecook most of our meals. We've also decided to only eat sweets we've made at home (except for chocolate and ice cream!). Since I'm the designated baker (and he the cooker), I like to find different things to bake to keep it interesting!
My favorite things to cook
anything sweet! I like making brownies, cookies, scones (my husband is Australian!), cakes, fudge, etc. I also like to help my hubby cook dinner - things like steak, breaded chicken, pastas, etc. are always fun, as well as different vegetable dishes to keep the meal interesting!
My cooking triumphs
I made fudge two or so years ago, which is probably the most difficult thing I've ever made. I'll try to make it sometime again in the future when I have 3 hours to kill haha. A few weeks ago, I made scones for the first time (again, hubby = Australian!), and my husband loved them! I was so proud!
My cooking tragedies
I guess I don't have too much experience, not enough to have any cooking experience be considered "tragic." One time, I totally scorched chicken nuggets when I was in 4th grade?
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
wow these were good! I followed the recipe exactly except I halved it because I can't eat 4 dozen cookies (or can I...)! The only thing is that 375 degrees was too hot as one batch was burnt after 10 minutes. I have a fan forced oven so that might explain it. I dropped the temperature down to 325 and they turned out much better, not burnt but also poofier, which I like! I don't normally add nuts, but I had walnuts on hand so I decided to add them! I love the extra flavor they give! Seems odd to me to mix the baking soda in the water before adding it to the batter, but it seemed to work great! YUM!!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 1, 2013
Baked Ziti IV
My husband and I loved this recipe. I chose this one out of the other highly-ranked baked zitis because I was curious about the rosemary. like many reviewers, I love lasagna but don't love spending 3-4 hours making it, having the stay at home the whole time to make sure the house doesn't catch on fire. this satisfies a lasagna craving with half the time, effort, and clean-up. I did make a few changes like most people but mostly because of practical reasons, but I tried hard to stay true to the recipe. I didn't have easy access to provolone and the alternative was too expensive, so I just used more Parmesan. I didn't use cottage cheese because I didn't like the preservatives and additives in it. I only used beef -- no pork sausage. and I didn't bother chopping the rosemary, just stripped the leaves from the stalks and threw them in. speaking of, the rosemary was AWESOME in this dish, so while you might be temped to skip it, DON'T. I probably used more rosemary than the recipe stated, but I'll probably add even more next time I make this. YUM. Might add in some basil too because I have it growing in a pot, as long as basil and rosemary go good together. I also cooked it for only 20 minutes. On top of all that,for two people, this'll last us a few days, which justifies the money spent on the cheese, meat, and herbs. Admittedly I would also like a spaghetti sauce recipe included, but then the time and effort would raise to that of cooking lasagne.

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Reviewed On: May 7, 2013
Apple Cinnamon Muffins
maybe I did something wrong but these didn't turn out very well. Firstly, they're very dark; they look like chocolate muffins, which I thought was strange. I did everything the same except used raw sugar instead of splenda (I didn't make the topping). I make muffins all the time and these are probably the most disappointing ones I've ever made :(.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 31, 2011

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