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Laura Hamilton

Laura Hamilton
Living In: Dallas, Texas, USA
Member Since: May 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Music
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About this Cook
My name is Laura Hamilton. I was in the military for two years, and now I'm married (as of October 5, 2010) with two beautiful baby boys! :D I love spending time experimenting in the kitchen; I've recently tried bread-making and I've found out that I really like it!
My favorite things to cook
Anything quick and anything sweet! I do like spending plenty of time in the kitchen, but my family prefers I spend more time with them too. Because of that, I've spent a lot of time on quicker meals with less ingredients. And who doesn't love satisfying a sweet tooth with something fresh and homemade?
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas morning, my mother would make us breakfast pizza with crescent roll dough as the crust. Among all of the food memories she has given me, this is one of my most cherished. :D She has finally given me the recipe, and I tried it this past Christmas to rave reviews from all of my family.
My cooking triumphs
I have several recipes I've been confident enough to serve to company, and people think I'm an amazing cook because of these recipes! One of them is a sweet potato casserole by Paula Deen, one is cheesecake (came out perfect for Thanksgiving 2011), one is chocolate chip cookies, and one is the BBQ Pork for Sandwiches recipe from this site.
My cooking tragedies
Once, when I was much less experienced, I tried to mix up a seasoning base to put on pork chops I was going to saute. I used far too much dried parsley and used vegetable oil; it smelled like I was frying a pine tree, and it tasted even worse. :P I've learned my lesson since then!
Recipe Reviews 84 reviews
Salisbury Steak
This recipe is delicious, but it isn't what you would really expect from salisbury steak. For one thing, if you want enough gravy left over for mashed potatoes, double the gravy. I didn't because I was serving with baked potatoes and the amount of gravy was just right for the steaks themselves. For another thing, this recipe is a little on the sweet side because of the ketchup. I thought it tasted good, but it's not really traditional and may not be your cup of tea.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 3, 2015
April Fool's Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This is such a fun idea! I made these for April Fools this year, using Pillsbury Orangesicle frosting for the "cheese" and the Buttermilk Pound Cake II recipe from this site for the bread. That bread is a bit crumbly for this application, but with some careful handling, it still made for a very fun presentation--plus the orangesicle complements plain pound cake perfectly! Highly recommended project for your little ones--mine both loved it!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 1, 2015
Spaghetti Torte
This was such a fun, versatile recipe! I omitted the ricotta, used 3 whole eggs and a little extra parmesan, used a little sauce with the sliced tomatoes and mozzarella with the provolone (didn't have quite enough provolone, only had 2 slices left), and seasoned the whole thing with plenty of garlic salt and pepper. The result was impressive, delicious, and very fun for April Fools!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 1, 2015

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