NommyMommy Profile - (13390286)

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Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Living In: Orlando, Florida, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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mommy's girl
About this Cook
I never thought I'd be the stay-at-home mom type, but I absolutely love it. The kiddo is just starting to help me out in the kitchen, so I like to find a little task for her in every recipe we try.
My favorite things to cook
Cookies, cakes, and comfort food-- Anything that will guarantee rave reviews. I like to maintain my culinary reputation!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom made sure all of her kids knew how to make a cheese sauce, and it has served me well.
My cooking triumphs
I'm proud to say I've mastered my husband's favorite dish: Chicken Paprikash with homemade spaetzle. It was good on the first try, but now it's AMAZING-- and yet never exactly the same.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Boiled Bagels
A great recipe for a bagel novice like me. Subbed mostly bread flour for a chewier bagel, and was not disappointed. Rather than form balls and poke them, I squeezed dough portions into snakes, moistened each end, and pinched together to form each bagel. Also followed other reviewers' advice and made 8 larger bagels, used molasses, not white sugar (as directed), for the boiling step. Baked at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes or so, then lowered the heat to 350 to finish for a darker, golden exterior. Next time (and there will be many!), will press sesame seeds -or other toppings- into dough after boiling (most fell off while slicing, as they were just sprinkled on), and try broiling option. P.S.- One bagel from this first attempt was impregnated with chocolate chips (fully sealed in dough) by the kiddo, and that was delightful!

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 21, 2011
All-Around Good Smoothie
This is a good starting point for smoothie novices. I've discovered that I LOVE this variation: nix the protein powder, add a splash of vanilla extract, 1/2 cup of blueberries (frozen berries work great!), and a packet of plain instant oatmeal instead of the flax. Delicious, filling and really packs in my much-needed fruit servings!

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 21, 2010
BBQ Pork for Sandwiches
This has become a weekly staple in my home-- with a few modifications. :) Used 1+ cups chicken stock and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar instead of beef broth, dusted all with garlic powder and cumin before covering, cooking for 6-8 hours. Used less than a cup of our favorite BBQ sauce (from Shane's Rib Shack!) after shredding, served on Texas toast. A keeper!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 14, 2009

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