amandagorby Profile - (13609036)

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Living In: Ohio, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I'm a stay-at-home-mom with three young sons. We are a busy family, involved in all kinds of events for school, scouts and sports. My husband and I both run businesses out of our home. I am also very passionate about my part-time job, which is explained here:
My favorite things to cook
I prefer to bake rather than assemble a real meal, but I can't serve my family only cakes and cookies! We prefer traditional, down-home kind of meals: roasts & stews, big pasta dishes like stuffed shells and lasagne, baked ham, roast chicken, meat loaf, etc. I am always looking for a new recipe to revamp an old favorite, but we are not big into exotic, ethnic or experimental dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
A few days before Christmas, we go on a cooking & baking marathon. I don't like to cook on Christmas itself (prefer to relax) so we make up dozens & dozens of cookies, side dishes, throw a ham in the crock pot, make a roast and bake a chicken, etc. It's become a tradition and even the boys get involved.
My cooking triumphs
Some years ago, my idea of cooking was to throw a TV dinner in the microwave. A husband and three kids later and that was no longer feasible. So *any* cooking is a triumph for me! I sat down and taught myself, scoured hundreds of books and websites, and now as long as I have a recipe, I can make it!
My cooking tragedies
From my very early days: There is nothing you can do to fix chocolate that has seized up. Nothing.
Recipe Reviews 22 reviews
Mushroom Pork Chops
I altered this to take in other reviewer's suggestions. I sauteed onions, mushrooms and 2 gloves of garlic and then browned the pork. The I threw it all into a greased casserole dish and poured the cream of mushroom soup & some milk over top. Not super stellar flavor, but very good and easy. The chops came out very tender and the extra gravy was good over rice. This will be a keeper for the nights I am pinched on time.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 22, 2011
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie
First things first: For absolute best results, use 2 8 or 9 inch cake pans!!! Seriously, I made this recipe exactly as is when it came to ingredients. I put the batter into 2 9 inch cake pans, one square, one round, so I could cut the round in half and put the two together for a heart cake. I made this last night and decorated it, and it was HUGE. It is almost entirely gone today because it was absolutely delicious!!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 13, 2011
Sugar Cookie Icing
Swapped vanilla for the almond extract. There certainly needs to be more liquid, so just add more milk, no more corn syrup is needed. Dried smooth and shiny. Yes this icing is very sweet which is why it is great when paired with a plain cookie.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 17, 2010

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