ASHCRONE Profile - (1433474)

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Home Town: Orlando, Florida, USA
Living In: Winter Springs, Florida, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Southern, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook for groups (growing up in a family of 7 will do that for ya) So when potluck time comes around for work - I am in my element. I just love cooking in the Crockpot for these days... so that when lunch time comes around I have something freshly cooked to offer :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Dad's from a small town in Wisconsin called New Glarus, settled by Swiss immigrants. Every Christmas we would mixup a big batch of Bräzeli batter and take turns with the iron press. I can't wait until I have children of my own so I can carry on the tradition. Recently I've been looking for a Bräzeli cooking iron of my own. The traditional swiss one that I have grown up, with is now costing about $350 for a new one! So instead I'm going for a simular german/norwegian cookie 'Krumkake' iron that I can get at Target for about $50.
My cooking tragedies
My worst tragedy so far was when I was 8-10yrs old and I mixed up the measurements for the sugar and salt for a Strawberry Shortcake. The cake was inedible but we made due with the frosting and strawberries on top! My most recent tragedy was trying to make Herbed Foccacia Bread. I did three batches and the last one burnt to the pan so bad I had to throw it out - pan and all!
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes
Great Recipe! Like others I was unable to find the crystallized ginger so I substituted it with mini chocolate chips and added a whole tsp of ground ginger. I used the pumpkin spice instant pudding mix so cut back on the other spices a little bit more. Adored that the batter itself was almost mousse like and that after baking the cupcakes kept the light and fluffy texture. I did 2 mini cupcake pans at 350' for 10min and actually had enough left over batter to make 12 regular cupcakes. 350' 15-17min Frosted with Cocoa Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (1 8oz pkg cream cheese, 1stick 1/2c butter both at room temperature whip together and then gradually add 2cup confectioners powdered sugar, added 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/3cup cocoa powder and whip whip whip till light and makes peaks) loaded up a freezer ziplock bag, snipped off the corner and pipped it on to the cupcakes. Of course I had to go all out, so grabed my frozen dark chocolate lindt bar and shaved a blizzard over the frosted cupcakes and went over the top by grating some gingersnap cookie crumbs to dust. Check out the picture, these little bites of yummyness don't stand a chance at our office thanksgiving potluck.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 18, 2011
Vegetarian Lime Orzo
Tried the recipe for the first time tonight. It came out Fantastic! The only changes I made to it was instead of mincing the garlic I just crushed it and after the orzo was browned I took it out so it had just enough garlic flavor but wasn't too much. The veggies and seasoning were great and the lime juice just tweaked it over the top at the end. My sister loved it, said I could make it for her any time.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 30, 2010
Turkey in a Bag
Using the bag makes the turkey juicy every single time. Also to completely enjoy moist turky put it breast side down for the majority of cooking and at the last 45min or so remove from bag and turn right side up to brown the top a bit.

24 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 23, 2009
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