Morgan Profile - (13046101)

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Home Town: Easton, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Whitehall, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm 25 years old and live with my boyfriend & our daughter. I've been cooking since I was very young. In high school, I decided it was what I really loved. I took all the home-ec classes available and watched the Food Network constantly, learning all I could. I graduated from culinary school in 2004. I had hoped to go for more schooling & eventually become a pastry chef, but plans changed. I still love cooking but it's hard to find a good job that won't take over your life and now with a daughter, I could never do that. I continue to expand my knowledge thru reading, cooking shows, and experimenting.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook anything, except seafood. Baking is probably my favorite, but I love trying new things. I also love making comfort foods (especially soups or something in the crock pot).
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking cookies at Christmas was always one of my favorite things. We would bake all different kinds and have containers piled up by the time Christmas came. I can't wait until my little girl is old enough to help me. Hopefully she'll enjoy it as much as I did.
My cooking triumphs
The best things I've ever made are probably all the birthday cakes I make for my nephew. Every year, my sister-in-law puts in a request for whatever cartoon character my nephew is into at the time. Seeing his reaction is more than worth all the time decorating it, especially when he continues to talk about it until his next birthday.
My cooking tragedies
I haven't had many cooking "tragedies," lol. The occasional burning of the food or bread.. too much cayenne.. forgetting a minor ingredient.. everything's a learning experience.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Mama's Asian Chicken and Rice
Fantastic recipe! I took another's reviewer's suggestion and used cayenne instead of chinese five spice. I didn't have any on hand and hate buying spices I'll rarely use. It was the perfect amount of heat and sweetness from the orange. Next time though, I won't cook the chicken for long before adding the sauce. It definitely doesn't need that if it's going to cook for 30 more minutes. It made plenty of sauce for me, but you could definitely double it if you prefer a lot. I used all but about a tsp of the slurry. I threw in fresh chopped broccoli for the last few minutes and served it over brown rice. Delicious!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 26, 2011
Simple Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wraps
I thought this was a good base but I will probably make some alterations if I make it again. The honey wasn't very noticeable. I think I may add a little more in the future. Also, I think it would be better with sour cream as a base for the sauce. That's just my preference. It was good, as is, but I think the coolness of the sour cream would be great to balance out all the cayenne. This recipe has a lot of versatility.. the meat mixture would be a great switch from your usual taco meat or to throw on top of a salad.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 24, 2011
Easy Pleasy Mac N Cheesy - US Navy Style
I love this recipe! It was so much easier to make than the usual mac & cheese with making the roux and all of that. I followed it exactly, but melted then velveeta and mixed all ingredients in a bowl, then added cooked pasta. I had a bad experience in the past where the cubed velveeta didn't melt all the way, and it wasn't good. It was super rich & creamy and I don't think it will be dry for leftovers like a lot of mac & cheese gets. Will definitely make again!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 13, 2011
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