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Home Town: Woodhaven, Michigan, USA
Living In: Rockwood, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Busy mom, perpetual student, and loving wife to my best friend :) Don't cook as much as I would like to, but I seem to be finding more time as of late!
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake. Favorite baked goods include (but definitely not limited to): Snickerdoodles, Potato Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Rolls, Banana Bread. I love to try new dishes and seem to be on an Oriental kick as of late. I feel like my family and I have been on a perpetual rotation of the same 20 dinner recipes for the last five years, so I am really just trying to mix things up and please everyone at the same time.... wish me luck!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking anything with my mom - she makes pie crusts that NO ONE can match... without a recipe which boggles my mind. We always do our holiday baking together - pumpkin rolls, pies, and sugar cookies are a must. Breakfast at my grandma and grandpa's in Arkansas - always a production. Biscuits and gravy, eggs, ham, bacon, sausage - So not healthy, but so worth it!
My cooking triumphs
My mom always thought there would be no hope for me when it came to cooking. I used to do anything to get out of it! Being a little older and having kids kind of forced my hand in the learning process (we can't eat McDonald's everyday, no matter how much they would like it). My greatest triumph was making Snickerdoodles for Christmas one year. They were delicious and everyone gobbled them up. The best part - I had an official trademark dish that I would be expected to bring to every Christmas gathering for the rest of my life :)
My cooking tragedies
I think I was in third or fourth grade. I was trying to make rice krispies treats alone while my mom was out shopping and dad was in the garage. The recipe called for six cups of rice krispies. I called my sister at work to ask her what to do since we didn't have six glasses that were all the same size.. I have NEVER lived that down... (my family is pretty brutal).
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Bake Sale Lemon Bars
DELICIOUS!!!! My husband was crazy over them... I doubled the crust and followed GOURMETMOMMY's suggestions but did make a few alterations. I did not use food coloring and they were still pretty. I am sure they could have been yellower but it worked. After juicing three lemons, I only had 3/4 C of lemon juice so I topped the juice off with Countrytime Lemonade. I was nervous, but it worked!!! And lastly, I baked them in the metal pan but lined it with parchment paper and they came out beautifully!!!! This recipe is deninitely a keeper!!! ***Note: With the alterations from GourmetMommy, I think the bars were tart (which I like) but if you are looking for a sweeter bar, the alterations may not be for you!!****

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2009
Candy Bar Brownies
The only reason I gave these three stars is because my mom and aunt (the queens of chocolate in their own minds) LOVED them. My mixture wasn't crumbly but I think it's because I used the whole can of condensed milk. My husband ate one of the snicker's bars I had intended on using so I threw in some peanut butter cups and an almond joy. Very very sweet. AVOID the urge to over bake. This is a dessert that will be better undercooked than overcooked. Wait until they are completely cooled to cut them, especially if the middle is still soft. Not my favorite, but as I said - other's loved it.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 14, 2009
Big Soft Ginger Cookies
There is no way to describe how perfect these cookies are. Everyone who had them raved about them. I used orange juice as some other reviewers had suggested. I doubled the recipe and I do think I would have halved the cloves if they were for personal use, but I am not big on their flavor. I drizzled a mix of powdered sugar, milk and almond extract over them after they cooled. I will definitely be adding these to my holiday baking list!!!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 23, 2008

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