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Kristen


Kristen
 
Home Town: Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Charity Work
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Mock Lemon Chiffon Cake
Mock Lemon Chiffon Cake
About this Cook
Married with a son and two stepdaughters. My husband is an excellent cook and can be counted on to whip up a gourmet sauce from scratch or grill something perfectly. The kids each have their own tastes and navigating all of them while staying healthy can be tricky.
My favorite things to cook
Nothing beats a great slow cooker recipe, coming in the house from a long day at the office and gym and having the aroma of a delicious meal already waiting for you. I also love to make fancy desserts and cakes, but as I have no sweet tooth, I take one bite and leave the rest for others' enjoyment.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was of Polish heritage and preferred her own cooking to going to a restaurant; she taught me that a meal consists of a protein, carb and vegetable and I still have trouble looking at an unbalanced plate! My dad brought the Norwegian pancakes to the family recipe box - really another name for crepes. Being east coast people, there are a million things we can do with fresh seafood!
My cooking triumphs
Back when I was married to my ex we used to host twelve-hour open houses with lunch and dinner served throughout. I'd cook and bake for weeks, stuffing freezers, and had some pretty awesome dessert spreads. I was especially proud of the goose I cooked when I was 23. But really, any occasion when someone asks for a recipe or requests repeats is a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
When I was about eleven, I messed up Kool Aid. My friend's mom had bought two packets of each flavor and, without thinking, I assumed that one pitcher required two packets. Since then I've tried to pay strict attention to the recipes and keep the disasters to a minimum. By now you would think I'd know not to try out new recipes on guests but my whole family is pretty forgiving so I still do.
Recipe Reviews 15 reviews
Fried Cabbage II
I have something very similar to this recipe in a Mennonite cookbook which is currently in storage so I was looking for it online. We love it on hot dogs with some horseradish mustard and habanero cheese. Slicing the cabbage on a mandoline makes it go so much faster.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2014
Thai Ground Chicken Basil
Wow, this was delicious and a new favorite! I had to make a few substitutions since the store had no Thai chiles I used another person's suggestion and subbed 3 Tbsp Thai chile paste (sambal oelek). I also added some sliced baby bok choy and chopped red pepper before the basil, watering down the sauce with a tablespoon of water to allow the veggies to cook a bit. But otherwise I followed the recipe as written - peanut oil, 1/4 cup garlic, and all. I've been eating leftovers for lunch every day and looking forward to my meal!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2013
Cavatapi with Chicken Ragu, Mozzarella and Basil
Certainly easy and edible, but not much flavor. I was disappointed in the lack of spice in the sauce (used Classico's brand) and should have added some crushed red pepper as it simmered. Could also have benefitted from some Italian seasonings with the browning chicken. Without the fresh basil it would have been a dud for me, but it was definitely a well-balanced, easy and inexpensive dinner.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 25, 2010
 
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