Amy Profile - (13153355)

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Home Town: Suffield, Connecticut, USA
Living In: North Easton, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Pot Roast!
Pot Roast!
Hey! Give that back!
"Harvesting" some honey!!
About this Cook
I am 26 years old, am married to a wonderful man, and have an amazing perfect baby girl! I have loved cooking since I was young. When I was young I used to look through the cabinets and make weird little concoctions with all different canned veggies and beans, and spices; I'm sure I would think they are gross now, but back then I thought it was skill! haha Now I LOVE cooking and just recently, because of a friend, found a new love for baking. I hardly ever follow a recipe. Cooking to me is looking at 10 different recipes, then putting the books away and just going to town! I also never measure anything (besides when I am baking). I think people take recipes too seriously. Cook what you like!!
My favorite things to cook
I like cooking pretty much everything, as long as the ingredients are real food. I am a Registered Nurse and value my health and the health of others. I do a lot of research into foods and diet; modern, processed, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oil and preservative/chemical/pesticide laden, genetically modified "foods" are the cause of nearly all of the health problems of our day (its not genetics like modern medicine wants you to believe so that you feel powerless, and drugs are not the answer) So everything I cook, I try to use the best ingredients. I love pasta so I make a lot of it. I also love to grill.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving at Nana's house. Her turkey soup before dinner, creamed onions, my mom's cranberry-jello- pudding thing with marshmallows, and all of the other delicious foods that, for some reason, we eat only once a year. Also, my cousin and I (we are the same age and both female) who are always the first to sit down and last to get up from the table! The family always makes fun of us for the amount that we can eat! (We are also the first and last at the dessert table! haha)
My cooking triumphs
After I came back from Mexico I wanted to make corn tortillas, which I thought was going to be a triumphant accomplishment; come to find out, they are so simple to make! haha But really anytime my cooking is enjoyed makes me happy and accomplishes what I set out to do.
My cooking tragedies
When I was 18, I tried to make my boyfriend a Thai soup, with coconut milk, mushrooms, fish sauce, lemongrass, shrimp, etc. It was one of the first times that I had cooked for him, but he loved Thai food, so I wanted to impress him. This was one time that I should have followed the recipe! I did not buy the proper amounts of ingredients, but I thought I could make it anyways. It was disgusting. We had not been dating very long, but it was so bad that he could not even pretend that he liked it. We had to throw it all away. Thankfully, it didn't scare him away, and now as my husband he gets to enjoy my cooking successes daily, but he still reminds me of this every once in a while! haha
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits
Wow these biscuits are amazing! I am eating them right now, and like them so much that I have to share with everyone! I made this recipe exactly as stated except for using butter in place of shortening. I don't have a flour/butter cutter thing, so I just use my hands until it is all combined and crumbly. I used a wide rim glass for cutting the biscuits. I made them to accompany beef stew, they are so good with just butter, my fiance said that I didn't even need to make beef stew, he would have just eaten the biscuits for dinner! I am excited to try them again with all kinds of flavors (cheese, garlic, herbs, etc!), with fruit, or make an egg and cheese sandwich! My fiance said they are better than any store bought biscuit he has ever had; I have to agree, and the are so easy to make! They are so light and fluffy! YUM! Thank you for this recipe!! :)

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2010
Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast
This is absolutely DELICIOUS!!! This was my first time making pot roast, I made it for my boyfriend, and when I told him I had never made pot roast before, he was shocked and said "this tastes like you have made it 100 times before!", he LOVED it! I used a smaller roast because it was only the two of us, it was a little over 2 1/2 pounds, so I only used one can of soup and about half a can of water, and cooked it for 4 hours on high. I dusted the roast in flour, pepper and garlic powder and browned it before putting it in the crockpot. I also sauteed mushrooms in the pan that I browned the meat in, to get all of those yummy browned bits, and added them when there was one hour to go! The meat was SO tender. I shredded it into big pieces and poured the gravy over it. The only problem was that it was very salty, but that is to be expected since the canned soup and the onion mix are both full of sodium. I served it with mashed potatoes and asparagus! Next time I will have bread too to sop up that delicious gravy!! I will DEFINITELY make this over and over again!!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 29, 2009
Eggless Milkless Butterless Cake
This cake is absolutely delicious!! I found it while looking for dessert recipes that did not call for milk or eggs, only because I didn't have any in the house. I never knew you could make a cake without these ingredients. I changed it a little because of what I had in the house. I did not have any raisins, and I used ground clove instead of nutmeg and allspice and doubled the cinnamon. I also used butter instead of shortening. This was the most moist and chewy cake I have ever had! My boyfriend never eats cake, he does not like it because he says it is dry; he LOVED this cake!! It tasted like gingerbread! Many of the reviews say how dense it is, so I was nervous and thought it was going to somewhat resemble a moist brick (haha), but I am not sure what they mean, it is a little dense, but also airy like a cake, but soft and CHEWY and OH SO GOOD!! I did have to cook it a little longer than 20mins, but I will definitely be making his again soon!!!!

21 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 7, 2009
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