SINGCHEF22 Profile - (117328)

cook's profile


Home Town: Wappingers Falls, New York, USA
Living In: Fairport, New York, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
  • Title
  • Type
  • Overall Rating
  • Member Rating
About this Cook
My name is Karen and I have been married to Kevin for 27 years. We have one daughter who is 23 and lives in Philly. I didn't learn to cook until after I got married, at the age of 21. I always wanted to cook, but my mother wouldn't let me in the kitchen very much. That's what happened to the Barefoot Contessa too, so I'm in good company. I also love to explore new restaurants and I love eating out. I would like to have Guy Fieri's job.
My favorite things to cook
Baking, baking, baking! Cookies! Pancakes (I love to see them rise up when you flip them over). I like to experiment with mixes that are already out there and see what I can come up with. I especially like McCormick products and their website is a gold mine. I like to see how many meals I can make with just a few ingredients, and with things I already have in the house. And I don't like to buy special things to make a meal -- things that I may only buy once, then it sits on the shelf for another year.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Homemade waffles on Sunday morning. Other than that, it's kind of funny, but at our house, we don't have a lot of cooking traditions -- because I'm always experimenting, so we're always changing things around! For instance, I used to always make a Buche de Noel for Christmas. Then, one day I made this chocolate almond cake with a whipped cream frosting, and the gang decided they wanted that instead of a Buche de Noel. Then one year I started a new tradition for Christmas Eve -- a Monte Cristo loaf. Darned if we weren't invited elsewhere for Christmas Eve dinner the next year! So I made it again the following year -- we were invited out again, and I volunteered to make it. It was so loved that it became a tradition again -- only we eat it at someone else's house!
My cooking triumphs
Breakfast Casserole. Cincinnati Chili. Chicken Spaghetti with Mushrooms. Orange Angel Food Cake. The aforementioned Monte Cristo Loaf. Cakes of all kinds -- whether it's doctoring up a mix or making it from scratch. Ricotta cookies. Mint Brownies (a must have every Christmas). Raspberry Snowballs. Lemon Spritz cookies with raspberry filling.
My cooking tragedies
Spaghetti sauce left on the stove for too long -- turned into charcoal. Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats -- don't even ask me what I left out, but I've never attempted them again. And S'mores Brownies -- I put them under the broiler for less than a minute for the marshmallows to brown; when I opened the door, they were in flames! I took the flaming pan out of the oven and we were all cracking up -- it was like a cartoon! Flames doused, nobody hurt -- but an unforgettable experience nevertheless!
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Leslie's Ham Lentil Soup
Dear Leslie, bless your heart! I didn't have a ham bone, but was looking for a way to use up some ham that had been in the freezer, and decided to try your recipe with the slight modification of using 3 cups of chopped ham instead of the ham bone. I've always been a little scared of making lentil soup, I don't know why, I guess I always wondered if I could get full bodied, rich tasting soup instead of the thin stuff. This was perfect, perfect, perfect!! It's sitting on the stove now, cooling, and once it's cool enough, I'll probably refrigerate it overnight, and it will probably be even better! I actually let it simmer for 30+ minutes -- only because I love simmering soup on the stove and letting the aroma fill the house! If anyone is thinking of leaving out the marjoram, DON'T DO IT! It is the perfect flavoring for ham soups. Also be sure to skim off any of the foam that's created by simmering. Next time I'll use a ham bone, but even so, I now know there's a lentil soup out there that I can make (and freeze!) with just the ham. Thank you Leslie!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 7, 2014
Slow Cooker Oatmeal
I made it in my one quart size crock pot, exactly as WIRSCH suggested, on the warm setting. She is spot on! I stirred it, added some dried cranberries and brown sugar and gobbled it up! I was halfway through the bowl before I realized I hadn't put any milk on top -- and I didn't care! Next time I'll put the cranberries in with the oatmeal, and maybe some chopped apples and cinnamon, or top it with some chocolate chips! This came out nice and creamy, and it was cooked exactly right! I am frankly tired of the hype about steel cut oats, I don't like them as much as regular oatmeal, but I kept reading that that was the only kind you could use for slow cooker oatmeal. Well, the powers that be were dead wrong about that, and I'll never go back!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 1, 2014
Zucchini Chocolate Orange Cake
Loved it! Took one very large and a small onion to get a tbsp. of zest, so I used orange extract in the cake and the glaze. Made two loaf cakes and poked holes in the top so glaze would sink in. Very good, zucchini didn't show at all, you could easily fool non-zucchini eaters with this cake.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 8, 2014
Published Recipes

In Season

Christmas Dinner
Christmas Dinner

Magnificent main dishes for your holiday table are here, from roast beef to a Christmas goose.

Christmas Appetizers
Christmas Appetizers

Dozens and dozens of appetizers perfect for the winter season.

Special Holiday Offer!
Special Holiday Offer!

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $5!

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States