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Home Town: Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA
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Member Since: Aug. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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May 26, 2014 11:51 am 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2014 5:25 pm
I wanted to share a couple of recipes from last week that I liked.  The first is a follow up from my last blog entry about Kraft macaroni and cheese.  I am working on finding some quicker recipes since every night cannot be a new, complicated recipe night.  You can find this recipe and many… MORE
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From The Blog:  Kate's Kitchen
Swiss Chicken Cassrerole
Fruit & Cheese Kabobs
Turkey and Ham Pinwheels
Ground Pork Meat Loaves
Chicken Enchilada Soup
Tostito Breaded Chicken
Honey Cornbread
Taco Seasoning
Spinach, Bacon, and Mushroom Frittata 2
About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook would have to be dinner options. This is the main meal I cook most days and this is where I try the most new things. I absolutely love pasta or any Italian dish, and so does my husband. Macaroni and cheese is really becoming my favorite food, and there are so many ways to change it up! Pasta and macaroni are my go-to favorites!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma is a fantastic cook, so I love going to her house for any meal, especially holidays. I love her ham balls, chicken casserole, and chocolate chip pudding cookies. Eating these foods always reminds me of being at her house. I love whenever I visit her that she always has afternoon tea around 3:00pm. I think this is a nice little tradition and want to keep it up myself.
My cooking triumphs
I think the best thing I ever made was BBQ beef brisket out of the Food Network magazine. Pretty much anything I make from this magazine I consider a triumph, but I could not believe that I made this brisket; it was that good. This is definitely one I would use to impress people, plus you cook it in the slow cooker, so it is really minimal work!
My cooking tragedies
I remember I made some kind of dinner casserole and I think I accidentally used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk - it was so sweet and just gross! The first time I tried to make homemade spaghetti sauce, the recipe just said to use ground beef and diced tomatoes and that the tomatoes would cook down. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but this did not work and I have found a new recipe since. I also remember burning some butter or something on a flat baking sheet; the smoke alarm even went off and I threw the pan away!
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Saltine Toffee Cookies
These cookies are absolutely delicious! I made this exactly as is, and they turned out great! I just made sure to keep stirring the sugar mixture because I was nervous about it burning. I wasn't sure what the cookies would be like with the saltines, but give them a try. They are super easy and unique for parties as well. The salt, crunch, toffee, and chocolate is very yummy and addicting!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 2, 2014
Cocktail Meatballs
I made these for the Super Bowl game. I followed the sauce recipe exactly and used frozen home style meatballs in the crock pot. The cranberry flavor was too much, and we couldn't really taste any other flavors. The sauce was just too sweet. I think I will try something else next time.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 2, 2014
Swiss Chicken Casserole II
I cooked this in a slow cooker using the same method that gymmom recommended. I sprayed the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray and layered the chicken, cheese slices, chicken soup/milk mixture, stuffing, and drizzled melted butter. I used a little more stuffing to cover the entire top because I really like stuffing. I cooked it on low for 3.5 hours then turned it to warm for about 30 minutes, and it turned out perfectly. I love the slow cooker version because the chicken was so moist and easily cut apart with a fork. Nothing dried out and you do not need to add any extra liquid. I love how easy and filling this is - very much a comfort food!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 1, 2014

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