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April McGinnis

April McGinnis
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Living In: Bryan, Texas, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Healthy, Dessert
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a little boy and a moonflower
About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook for my husband because when I ask him if he likes his dinner his whole face lights up in appreciation! "Oh, yes!" is his usual answer.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always loved watching my mom make homemade noodles. I've never tried making them myself, but I'm thinking of doing it for the first time on Thanksgiving. I dictated my mother's recipe some years ago, and the most memorable measurement is the 4 half egg shells of milk. People in southern Illinois cook noodles in broth and serve them over mashed potatoes. Yum! Comfort food.
My cooking triumphs
Making chocolate ganache makes me feel like a hero!
My cooking tragedies
Oh, there was the sad day when I filled all the cornbread pans & muffin tins twice as full as they should have been. Was that a nightmare?!! No, it really happened. Here's to disassociating!
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Ellen's Chicken Cacciatore
The whole family really liked it a lot! I diced up fresh tomatoes, squash, and zucchini to put our garden vegetables and fresh rosemary to use and cooked with other veggies, but the squashes did make it more liquidy. Will make again. For fresh rosemary or other fresh herbs, use 3 times the dried amount. Any cheaper wine will give this dish a very nice flavor- same as the expensive kind. Served over linguine 'cause that's what was in the cupboard, and isn't this an Italian dish?! Yum.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 19, 2013
Sausage Pasta
A family favorite! It can be difficult to find a recipe conducive to low-sodium, whole grain, turkey sausage, easy on the tomatoes, kid-friendly AND delicious recipe. This one is on our meal rotation for sure. We used fresh basil and wow. This is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing- our lives are better for it- really.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 11, 2012
Slow Cooker Cranberry Turkey Breast
I applied this recipe last year to a 20 pound Thanksgiving turkey cooked in a slow roaster, and kids and grown-ups - everybody loved it! This year I'm planning to use the same recipe. The sauce made the turkey so moist, flavorful, & sweeter than some, which was complimentary to all the savory Thanksgiving sides. Cook the turkey breast-side-down so that the juices moisten the breast. It's so nice to prep this slow-roast this turkey the night before and not have the hurry on Thanksgiving day. Use anything BUT Ocean Spray brand cranberries!! That brand is always too sour for my taste. In Texas, we have a great store brand at HEB; I used some plain jelled and some with berries, and I tossed in a few extra frozen berries I had in the freezer from the previous Thanksgiving. What a delicious holiday memory.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 30, 2010

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