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Jodie Helgeson

Jodie Helgeson
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Living In: Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2000
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I tend to bake more than cook. I love homey recipes and usually volunteer to make pies for family gatherings at the in-laws.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My fondest memories are of my mom's baking at the holidays and for special occasions-Swedish Kringle, Cherry Wreath,cookies galore!. My dad was the one that told me "gravy is the easiest thing to make" and was the meat and potatoes/hotdish/chili guy.
My cooking triumphs
My brother loves my banana bread (a Betty Croker recipe of all things) and demands it as a down payment when I go visit his family. My first turkey for 12 people when in my first apartment made my dad proud. People I work with love my Confetti Egg Strata "egg bake" (a Pampered Chef recipe). Also, a real baked cheesecake is my major claim to family fame.
My cooking tragedies
Having baked cookies gillions of times with my "2nd mom" across the street, I thought I knew enough. The first time on my own, I didn't realize you had to mix things in stages. I put ALL the ingredients in the bowl at once, flour all the way to chocolate chips and mixed. They fried to the pan and I had to add something like 3 cups of flour to make them work...and it did. Hey, I was and learn. Um, mixing gravy mix and hot water in a closed container makes it hit the ceiling when shaking...3T of cayenne instead of 3t of chili powder for my dad's chili recipe makes for 6 portions of "chili starter"
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Fabulous Fudge Chocolate Cake
I really enjoyed this cake. Mine turned out nicely moist while not too dense. It does appear a very slight bit lower in the center, but it's not an issue at all. Not "sunken" like some have commented. I like that the chocolate called for can be increased per other comments. I like to see people's tweaks...that's what cooking is about. I've always found it interesting the extreme differences of opinion on recipes I guess. I didn't find this too time consuming or hard to make at all. It's not a box mix so it takes more than 3 steps. I typically assume that any radical differences from other outcomes is due to my oven, over-mixing, etc. I would advise trying others' tweaks and get to know your oven, this is a good little cake and honestly I'd rather use this instead of a mix any day. I'm sure the icing could be easily halved, not everyone can stand that same level of sweetness. I sprinkled a pinch of sea salt on top on a still warm serving of my first piece...DEElicious!!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 11, 2012
Simple Tasty Pasta Salad
Delicious and fresh tasting....I actually dumped the bacon bits and cranberries in while chopping the veggies not realizing they were to be added at serving time and they taste great! So far I haven't used the whole bottle of dressing just in case it get's to be too soupy. It would be very good with any oil/vinegar based dressing and easy to use fat free to save calories...if one feels they must. I will like to eat this for several meals in the warm weather. I think I'll also make it for the next pot-luck. I think cubed jarlsberg cheese would be really tasty in this salad if you wanted to add a little protein.

21 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 26, 2012
German Pancakes II
My first time making a German pancake! Oh the topping possibilities! I can even imagine savory options as I love breakfast for dinner!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 11, 2012

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