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Vivica in Minnesota

Vivica in Minnesota
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Living In: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
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Hobbies: Gardening, Photography, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Something quick and flavorful! I work alot and travel alot, so when I am home, I like recipes with depth that don't take up too much time or have too many ingredients! I also do a lot of baking, when time permits. Usually for friends/family/church.
My cooking triumphs
Translated a 100 year old family spice cake recipe from German to English from my Grandmother's recipe file. And it actually turned out great!
My cooking tragedies
Who knew that you could not put milk in a tea kettle to make hot chocolate?
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Angel Food Candy
Wonderful, perfect recipe. BETTER than the old fashioned stuff, as I always did not like the chocolate coating on the old stuff. I just melt milk chocolate chips instead and it is a dream come true. This is my mother's favorite candy and she loves that I can now make it for her homemade.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 17, 2011
Sloppy Joes II
This recipe will insure you never use packet or canned sloppy joe mix, again! I always used packet mixes for my sloppy joes because of the ease of use. Until I found this super simple, no-fail recipe! You can't screw it up! And you can add and subtract whatever suits your taste with whatever you happen to have on hand. I was out of ketchup, so substituted one can of tomato paste and a little water tonight. Turned out excellent. The first time I made it, I actually added 1/2 packet of spagetti sauce seasoning, because I didn't have any garlic powder. Turned out excellent. I love the consistency of this recipe, and I love that I can omit the green peppers and onions and still have a tasty meal. These are the sloppy joes I remember as a kid! Excellent basic recipe you can play with if you don't have exactly the right ingredients. Thanks for sharing this one!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 29, 2010
Russian Tea Cakes I
I thought these turned out really great! I used 1 1/2 cups ground pecans, because I had already used walnuts in two different cookies. It was a nice change up, but as a result, I did need to add some cream...about 4 get the right, doughy consistency. Of course then, the dough was a little too sticky, so I wrapped it in saran wrap and refrigerated it overnight. Next day, I took out the dough and sliced it like a loaf, then each slice into a 'cube' which really made rolling them into the right sized balls really easy. Took no time at all, and I was done with the entire batch! I baked these at 325 for abut 7 minutes. My oven runs a little hot, so this was perfect. Really nice, nutty flavor to these and very pretty presentation after shaking in a plastic bag with powder sugar. FYI - My powdered sugar stuck just fine! So really, I thought this was a pretty good recipe, even with the little adjustments I had to make due to adding extra nuts.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 20, 2009

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