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Kristin Dennis

Kristin Dennis
Home Town: Oakdale, Minnesota, USA
Living In: North Branch, Minnesota, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Single mom who's kids are recently flying the coop. I have 2 grandsons. I typically have always had a part time job in addition to my full time job and always wish I had more time to spend cooking. My favorite thing to do is have friends and family over so I can feed them.
My favorite things to cook
Probably ribeye steak or rubbed pork chops, potatoes and onions, and roasted corn on the cob all on the grill. Anything that is a party food/finger food, or has to do with baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Having family game a wonderful dinner, then play board games while enjoying dessert. Now that my daughters are out on their own, having them come home to bake Christmas cookies is the newest tradition in my house.
My cooking triumphs
My Thanksgiving Day spread is legendary, especially the stuffing. My pie crust makes any pie spectacular, but especially pumpkin.
My cooking tragedies
My turtle cheesecake is still a work in progress...
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Hot Fudge Sauce I
I was in the middle of making a peanut butter pie and realized I did not have any Smuckers Hot Fudge Topping. I will NEVER buy Smuckers again. This is THE hot fudge you want, especially when using in a turtle cheesecake or peanut butter pie. I melted 1/4 c butter in a heavy saucepan (not double broiler), added 1/2 t salt, and then added 3-1/2 oz sqs of unsweetened chocolate because that's what I had on hand and the end result is chocolatey enough. I melted the chocolate on low heat and stirred constantly. I added 1/2 c sugar and stirred constantly to melt the sugar thoroughly before adding the next 1/2 c. I added another 1/2 cup sugar, but clearly needed liquid, so I added about 1 T of evaporated milk. I let the mixture just start to bubble, still stirring constantly. I added another 1/2 c sugar, some more of the milk, stirred constantly until the edges started to bubble again. At this point, I've added 2 c sugar and that is all I used. I added more milk, a little at a time until half the can was used. That's all I used of the evaporated milk. I continued to heat the mixture, stirring almost constantly for nearly 10 minutes. Do not rush this process! I removed from heat, let it sit for 2 min, then vigorously stirred with my wooden spoon. I repeated that process 4 times and let cool. I poured some of the fudge on the crust, then layered the pie filling, and used more chocolate to drizzle on the top. I have about 1-1/2 c left over. It's smooth and shiny and tastes fantastic!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 28, 2013
Toasted Party Mix
Way too salty! We couldn't even eat it. I tried it again with the following changes: 1 cup butter (unsalted or salted) 1 teaspoon seasoning salt 1 teaspoon celery salt 2 teaspoons Pampered Chef "Garlic Garlic" seasoning 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 5 cups Crispix (or corn chex) 2 cups Cheerios 1 cup Honey Kix 2 cups pretzel sticks 2 cups popped popcorn, plain 1 17 ounce can mixed nuts and followed the original recipe Directions and it is fabulous!!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2010
Olive Lovers Dip
This is the craziest recipe! It was surprisingly good. It was midnight before I remembered that I was having a potluck at work today, so I needed a recipe with few ingredients that I had on hand as the store was closed. If you are unsure about your fondness for green olives, this probably isn't a recipe for you. But I tell you what, I got several requests for the recipe and my bowl was pretty much licked clean. Don't omit the ketchup...I know, I was skeptical but it adds the right amount of secret flavor so it doesn't seem like you just bit into a brick of cream cheese with a mouth full of olives. This is actually a keeper.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 5, 2010

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