NicoleLeifson Profile - (13698616)

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Home Town: Spanish Fork, Utah, USA
Living In: Syracuse, Utah, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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Blog...  6 posts
Sep. 1, 2009 4:12 pm 
Updated: Oct. 12, 2009 5:28 pm
I have two little girls and two little boys. Like most kids they can be pretty picky. Too bad their Mom likes to try new dishes on a regular basis. To throw in a little compromise I ask my family to rate my cooking on a scale of 1-10. Before you panic though, rest assured that I am not, and I… MORE
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Step 6 - Perfect! Delicious! To die For! Nicole's Coconut Zucchini Bread
Step 5 - The Ugly Brother Cake.
About this Cook
I am a stay at home Mom of four who is married to the love of my life. I have always loved food, but cooking has become something I consider myself good at only since being married (8+years)and having to learn to cook for a man who eats like, well, a man. I love gardening and if I could forget everything else, I would spend every waking hour planting and pruning and making the world more beautiful. I love reading, music and spending time at home. I hate shopping and think the greatest thing to happen to shopping is the invention of the internet.
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE making desserts and am a chocoholic clear through. I do get tired of cooking for my family so I like to try and jazz things up with new ideas. Forever one to do things my own way, there are very few recipes that I haven't tweeked to suit our tastes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was growing up our favorite traditions revolved around our birthday cakes. They NEVER came from a box and they were always delicious. Banana Cream Cake, Lemon Jello Cake and the best yet, Texas Sheet Cake - the cake that wasn't really a sheet cake, was even better for breakfast the next day, and the never-fail end-all of cakes.
My cooking triumphs
Anytime that I have to improvise when making a dish with an end result better than the original, I consider a triumph. Substituting on the fly succesfully. Anytime my four kids eat what I make with enthusiasm + "thanks Mom!".
My cooking tragedies
When I was 12, a friend and I planned a surprise party for my Mom's birthday. We had run short on time by the time the cake was out of the oven and lacking the patience to wait, we tried frosting the cake while it was still warm. Needless to say, the cake fell apart, the frosting melted and we ended up with an impromptu mess. My friend's Mom saved the day with a store bought cake, but without that Bannana Cream Cake it just wasn't that great. All of my failures in the kitchen have come from going to fast, not alloting enough time and taking shortcuts.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Shredded Beef Enchiladas
Delicious meat for tacos, enichildadas or taco salads. Add a little brown sugar for the kids and it will be gone before you can ask for seconds!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 13, 2009
Banana Pudding IV
Yum! This was a hit, and so good. I would only make it again if I were serving a large crowd because it made so much and is very rich. It's something you want to try and eat within the first 48 hours after making it because eventually the bananas will turn brown and the wafers will go soggy. Pretty good though:)

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 13, 2009
Mexican Rice II
Not great, not horrible either. Non-descript. This was a great side dish for the enichiladas that I made because it didn't compete for the best flavor. It was easy to make but came out lacking moisture and flavor to reach a keeper for our family.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 13, 2009
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