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Living In: Girard, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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    By: Michelle Chen
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Grandma's Banana Bread Upgraded
About this Cook
I'm 28 years old and have been cooking since I could stand on a stool next to my grandmother. For a long time I had limited access to a kitchen and recently have moved into a home with a kitchen that is large enough to suit my needs. I look at cooking as an art, and experiment daily. I have also rediscovered the joy I get from baking. With a picky husband cooking and baking is sometimes a challenge.
My favorite things to cook
This changes almost daily! I love making chicken dishes because it is so versitile. Ethnic foods, Soups, Stews, Chilis, Healthy foods. Pretty much everything really.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Stuffed cabbages, homemade pierogies, cabbage and noodles, traditional slovak cooking. We bake cookies every year for christmas.
My cooking triumphs
This year I made my first thanksgiving dinner by myself. I have helped my mom before, but this is the first year I have been on my own and the turkey was so moist and tender it fell apart. The stuffing was so full of flavor, for a plain traditional stuffing. and my first pumpkin pies from scratch were fantastic! It was a hit, and I'm looking forward to more dinners.
My cooking tragedies
After a year my husband finally confessed he doesn't like onions... or peppers! They are in almost everything I had cooked until then. I have had to change recipes and find new things to make that are "Husband Friendly"
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Cream of Pumpkin Soup
Upon reading other reviews I altered the soup recipe. These are my changes: only 1 can of low sodium chicken broth, 1 c half and half instead of cream, 3 tbsp margerine, 1 tsp cinnamon, almost a whole tsp of ginger, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp cayanne pepper, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 c light brown sugar, do not add salt until you try the soup, salt and black pepper to taste. Instructions: melt margerine in sauce pan, sautee onion until clear, add garlic, cayanne and other spices, add chicken broth, add pumpkin, add cream and sprinkle in brown sugar. Simmer down to desired thickness. I didn't puree the onions, although I think it would be better if I did; I didn't have my blender available due to a kitchen remodel. I also didn't make the crutons, due to a limited kitchen. This recipe was VERY easy, tastey and filling.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 22, 2009
Grandma's Homemade Banana Bread
This is a very good base recipe for banana bread. I made a double batch, but only used 5 bananas (that is all I had). I added 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp of cloves. I poured one loaf and before pouring the other I added 1 and 1/2 cups of coarsly chopped fresh cranberries. They are both very good. To sour the milk I used a ratio of 1 tbsp of lemon juice for 1 cup of milk. I think next time i may leave one banana chopped and the rest mashed to leave chunks of fruit in the bread.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 2, 2008

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