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Home Town: New York, New York, USA
Living In: Los Angeles, California, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Me & the Cat
About this Cook
Mother. Tree-hugger. Activist. Hardcore casual gamer. Occasional health nut. Wanna-be celebrity chef and photographer. Would rather watch sci-fi than chick flicks.
My favorite things to cook
Breads, cookies, cakes, and other baked goods. Also, things I can dump in my slow cooker!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Throwing a frozen meal in the microwave! Seriously though, that was kind of my mom's idea of cooking, which I kind of appreciate now because sometimes you just don't have the time or energy to actually cook.
My cooking triumphs
After a failed attempt at a new bread recipe, I finally got it right! I tried to save the dough to no avail, so I had to start from scratch.
My cooking tragedies
The above ordeal didn't end until 2am (and I had to wake up early the next morning).
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Slow Cooker Roast Beef
I really wanted to love this, but I can only give it 3 stars because, personally, I found it too salty — I used low-sodium soy sauce and I even like my salt, so I was surprised at how salty this tasted to me. Because it was so easy to make, I will definitely try it again, but I'll probably cut the soy sauce down (and add some beef broth).

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2011
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Stew
As a stay-at-home mom who is constantly chasing after an energetic young child, I appreciate easy and tasty slow cooker recipes so, so much. This one was great — no fancy ingredients with simple directions. Something I can prep in a short time, which sometimes is all I can manage! I would rate it higher, but I made the following changes, so I can't properly rate the cook's original recipe. 1) I omitted the potatoes since I planned on serving this with biscuits. 2) I omitted the chopped celery & baby carrots because I didn't have any. 3) Replaced cream of chicken soup with condensed cream of portobello mushroom since it was the only condensed soup I had. 4) Omitted the chicken bouillon. 5) Added 1 cup of chicken stock. 6) Sprinkled some flour to help thicken the sauce toward the end of cooking. For easier prep, I also didn't cube the chicken before putting into the crock pot. I just left the breasts as is, then shredded them with two forks about an hour before being done (around the same time I added the flour).

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2011
Honey Wheat Bread II
The first time I tried to make these, they didn't rise at all! But that was probably due to the water being too hot & killing the yeast. So I tried it again, using an extra baby thermometer to check the water (it was around 105 degrees), and the dough rose like a champ! Actually, I think I could have even cut the 2nd rise by 10 minutes from 45 to 35, since the tops of the dough seemed to be overflowing from the edges of my loaf pans. Overall, a very easy recipe to follow with common ingredients. Just watch your water temp. Only reason I can't give it 5 stars is because of the very minor modifications I made: 1) I waited 10 minutes before adding the honey to the yeast & water. 2) I did the 1st rise in a closed oven with a pan of just-boiled water on the bottom rack. I left the pan in the oven to use for the 2nd rise. Otherwise, the taste and texture of the bread was lovely. The sweetness was noticeable, but still subtle. It's great when lightly toasted with some butter!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 28, 2011

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