Abbey Profile - (13660773)


Home Town: Manchester, Iowa, USA
Living In: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Gardening, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Hunting, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Jan. 26, 2015 9:13 am 
Updated: Jan. 28, 2015 12:34 pm
Real Food Day 21/1009 lbs. total gone and feeling great!As promised, I am going to discuss our food budget and how we make real food a practical choice in our household.  This is complicated to me, and jumbled in my head, so I’m going to make it as simple as possible.  Before Hubby jumped on… MORE
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From The Blog:  Abbey's Road
About this Cook
I am a part time home maker, and part time employee in my husband's home business. My husband and I are locavores and believe in eating organic, REAL food to maintain a healthy lifestyle! We took a 100 Day Real Food Pledge on 1/4/15. We are on a tight budget, and improvising is necessary in our kitchen. I enjoy developing recipes and tweaking existing recipes to fit them in with our real food lifestyle.
My favorite things to cook
I don't specifically have a favorite food "genre". I enjoy cooking with real, raw foods and turning them into beautiful, colorful and healthy dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Outdoor grilling and summer barbecues are a favorite of mine. Anytime we can gather around a delicious meal with friends and family.
My cooking triumphs
Being able to tweak recipes containing highly processed foods into something more natural is a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
I was beginning to cook a pot of stew, and I set the soup pot on the heated burner to warm up. I let it set on there a little too long while assembling the mirepoix and it got too hot. I threw in the butter to melt and it immediately smoked. I mean it filled my entire first floor with smoke! At that moment, my husband's boss walked in the house, whom I was cooking dinner for that night. I had to run the soup pot out the back door and while smoke was still pouring out. I was mortified. Thankfully he had a good sense of humor!
Recipe Reviews 207 reviews
Banana Cake VI
I made exactly according to recipe. The middle of the cake turned out excellent, but the edges crisped up the outer edges of the cake are more banana bread texture than cake. I did bake at 275 for 1 hour, and froze for 45 minutes. I was a little disappointed the people with edge pieces didn't really get "cake". I did not use this frosting, I topped with peanut butter frosting.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2015
Rustic Grain Cereal
I used cracked wheat berries, 1 C. shredded apple in place of the dried and used 3 T. maple syrup + 1 T. honey in place of sugar. The texture is excellent, crunchy and chewy as expected. The techniques used to cook the grains are spot-on, it came out perfect. I grated a little bit of nutmeg into mine. I will be making this again!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 27, 2015
Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient French Dips
This is a great meal to please the man in your life! Hubby loved it, and it couldn't get any easier than throwing 3 things in a crock pot. I do suggest spooning off as much grease as you can from the sauce before serving. We used a home made onion soup mix which worked great, and smelled delicious while it was cooking! Served on whole wheat rolls this is an epic manly dinner!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 24, 2015
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