JENNIFER Profile - (1228544)

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Home Town: Metro, D.C., USA
Living In: Houston, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I cook on a grad student's meager budget and rarely go out to eat, so I'm on this site a lot! I'm vegetarian but my fiance is not, yet he eats all the veg stuff I cook and seems not to miss the meat. It's nice having a receptive audience :)
My favorite things to cook
Anything vegetarian. I make recipes my weekly projects and like to try new ingredients or methods on a regular basis. I love baking, especially things with oats, and I've just begun trying my hand at bread baking, as I got a bread machine for Christmas this year.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up I used to sit in the kitchen and talk to my parents as they cooked, and I remember those and some of the best conversations we had. Now I enjoy having someone keep me company in the kitchen while I cook! I also don't mind a drink and some good music as companions either :)
My cooking triumphs
Making my fiance's favorite family recipe just the way his mother makes it. I was honored to get a copy of the recipe (the only one outside the family!) because that's something special one woman can pass along to another.
My cooking tragedies
I recently assembled a sourdough starter that I had been feeding daily and stored in the oven for a bit of warmth. It was about two weeks old when one night I came home and wanted to bake some potatoes for a soup recipe. Turned the oven to 400. Smelled a weird smell. Oh no! It was the plastic tupperware container and the stinky starter, oozing all over the oven floor. Back to the old drawing board :)
Recipe Reviews 81 reviews
Cream Cheese Squares
I make this all the time for work functions. People LOVE it. It's an easy crowd-pleaser. I've done variations with apricot and strawberry and they're both lovely. Definitely use less butter on top - 3 Tbsp has been plenty for me.

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Reviewed On: May 17, 2015
Apple Oatmeal Crisp
The taste was good, but the texture is off. Like other reviewers, I had a problem with dryness - I think there is too much flour/not enough butter (how can one stick not be enough?? lol). Also, I used 4 cups of apples, unpeeled, and tossed with lemon juice before tossing with sugar/cinnamon. I would make this recipe again with the following changes: (1) Higher oat:flour ratio; (2) More butter so that all of the dry ingredients are moistened; (3) More apples (maybe 5 cups); (4) Only enough sugar to coat the apples (probably 1/4 c or so). This recipe is worth trying - just use your intuition with ingredient amounts and it will be great. So quick and simple too!!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 9, 2012
Garlic Feta Dip
Yum! Used twice as much garlic and advice watching the salt if your feta is salty. I added some hot pepper flakes to liven it up. Great dip for veggies or pita, or if you're worried about vampires.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 11, 2011
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