BNMacKenzie Profile - (13316159)

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Home Town: Dunedin, Florida, USA
Living In: Georgetown, Kentucky, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Camping, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Hunting, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Pebber Nodder (Danish Christmas Cookies)
Cream Cheese Marbled Chocolate Brownie
About this Cook
I'm a mom to three girls with food allergies, girlfriend to a picky (but wonderful!) woman, and an amateur foodie.
My favorite things to cook
Pretty much anything baked is my passion. Bread, cookies, cakes... I like to make them start to finish, and I'm a perfectionist. I love cooking comfort food, too, and often put my own twist on them. With kids, I love to make "treats" that are healthier but still appetizing.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom and I always made cookies during Christmas time. It's probably the fondest kitchen memories I have.
My cooking triumphs
Artisan bread!
My cooking tragedies
Anything requiring slowly cooked or specially prepared egg whites. They hate me.
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Whole Grain Breakfast Cookies
I had to change a couple things due to allergies and healthfulness, but the changes worked ok and it was delicious! My one complaint was the nuts turned to nut butter in my processor and never flour. I left it more "tiny bits" of nuts than proper "flour" so my cookies were a bit looser and easier to fall apart. If my kids love these a lot and ask for them on a regular basis, I may spring for a bag of nut flour at the store instead of trying to grind my own. Not a big deal, though, for an easy make-ahead breakfast that can even be frozen and kept on hand pretty much all the time. My changes: had to use pecans instead of walnuts (allergies); and used applesauce instead of oil (by choice), natural pb instead of almond butter (what I had on hand). Will try with almond or sunflower seed butter when I have the chance!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 4, 2013
Oaty Cereal Bars
The concept is great, the few ingredients is convenient, and the ability to change up the cereals used makes this versatile. Two things though: this will fit a 9x9 or 8x8 much better than a 9x13. It was so thin in a 9x13 that it didn't bars so much as brittle. Another thing is the amount of honey/sugar seems high for how little cereal there is. I was taught to make these with a 1-to-4 ratio. The honey + the sugar = 1 cup, so the cereal should be 4 cups, not 3. But I guess that's a matter of personal preference? I think I'll add more peanut butter next time too. It's a really good base recipe, however. Thanks!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 5, 2011
Pan Fried Catfish Filets
As written, it isn't terrible, but there are some issues. The garlic tends to burn easily, and the fish really doesn't need it; but if you want that flavor, use some garlic powder in the seasoning. The seasonings listed aren't bad at all, but cajun seasoning is even better. Whatever seasoning you use, use it directly on the fish. It gives it awesome flavor. Lightly coat the fish in flour before dipping in milk, too. It helps attach the crust to the fish a little better. And as a matter of personal taste, split the cornmeal with half flour. I think it makes for a more cohesive crust. The salt is not listed on the ingredients list, but it is essential. Make sure not to miss it!

18 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 10, 2010

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