Natalie Profile - (13001070)

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Living In: Denver, Colorado, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Casseroles, desserts and southern foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I loved watching both of my southern grandmothers cook. I don't think either one of them ever followed a recipe, and they were so comfortable in the kitchen. I can barely remember them being anywhere else!
My cooking triumphs
Thanksgiving is when I really shine. That's when I pull out all my grandmother's best recipes and cook up a huge smorgasboard.
My cooking tragedies
Now that I live at a high altitude I've had plenty of baking tragedies. Cooking way up here is a lot harder than I thought it would be, especially baked items. I've never been great at meats, either...but that could be because I don't eat much of it myself.
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Best Ever Muffins
Great recipe, I've used it twice. The first time I made the muffins as written, and added about 1/2 cup blueberries and 1 mashed ripe banana. They were good, but not quite sweet enough and a little on the tough side (I think that may have been my fault, I overmixed the batter). The next time they turned out perfectly, and here's what I did: instead of all white sugar I used 1/4 cup white and 1/2 cup brown sugar. I used two mashed, very ripe bananas, and I think those added some moisture and reduced the "toughness". I then poured the batter into the cupcake molds, almost filling each one (I had leftover batter both times). I shoved about 1/4 of a strawberry down into the batter of each one (left a little showing on top). Then I placed some sliced almonds on top of each. I baked them for about 15-20 mins at 375 (I live at high altitude, so this is always different for me). My picky family agreed that these muffins were absolute perfection, thanks Lori!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 13, 2014
Pasta with Pesto and Scallops
Delicious AND easy, what could be better?! A definite keeper!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 12, 2014
Sweet Baby Carrots
Excellent recipe, just what I was hoping it would be. I used 1/4 cup of butter, 3 T brown sugar and 1 T honey, per the suggestion of others, and there was more than enough sauce. I cooked the carrots until they were still slightly firm, drained, and immediately cooled them with cold water because I didn't want them to be too soft. After melting the sauce ingredients back in, I tossed the carrots in the sauce and heated them through.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2014

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