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Julie


Julie
 
Home Town: Springfield, Ohio, USA
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Member Since: Oct. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I'm a single mom on a tight budget who works outside the home so I like to make quick and easy meals that are also delicious and appealing. Allrecipes has never let me down. I love cooking for my kids and family (and they seem to like it too!)
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to make are desserts because everyone looks forward to dessert. I especially love to make things that LOOK like they took alot of effort but really didn't. I don't do alot of baking throughout the year but at Christmas I go wild. It's not unusual for me to make 10-12 different types of cookies plus candy, breads and other goodies. Then I give it all away!
My favorite family cooking traditions
During the holidays I try to have my mom (a widow) and my sister over for dinner when it can be just us(aside from the big family get together to open presents). I usually make a pork roast with all the trimmings, but especially sweet potato souffle. It's almost like having dessert. Then we sit, talk and enjoy a good cup of coffee and some of those Christmas cookies!
My cooking triumphs
I love coming up with new ideas for my son's birthday cakes. The best one yet was the Hamburger Cake I made from this site a couple of years ago. It turned out beautifully and looked like a real hamburger. You should have heard the oooh's and aaaah's. It was perfect.
My cooking tragedies
One year at Christmas, after spending hours making cookies, I thought it was cold enough to leave the boxes I pack them in on top of the freezer out in the garage rather than putting them inside. The freezer wasn't defrosted and I was tired. I didn't feel like making room right then and thought it would be ok until the next day. Well it was cold enough that it preserved the cookies ok, but not the ants! Dozens and dozens of cookies wasted. I was so mad at myself. You can bet I made sure the freezer was defrosted after that!
Recipe Reviews 50 reviews
Chocolate Covered Cherries
I made these for a lady at work. It's her favorite candy and we are celebrating her birthday and since you can't find these in the store this time of year, I decided to make them. They were very easy to make. I am not a big fan of chocolate covered cherries but they don't taste bad at all and that's only an hour after having made them. I am anxious to see how they taste tomorrow. As for wrapping the cherries, I let them drain while I made the dough then after kneading the dough I rolled it out on a powdered sugar covered surface. I then used a small round cookie cutter that was about 1-1/2" in diameter to cut out forms to wrap around the cherries. So easy and I think much less time consuming. Overall, a good recipe that was easy to make. I was able to get an even 4 dozen cherries with this dough recipe. Thanks Meredith.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 8, 2015
Chef John's Irish Pork Stew
I didn't add balsamic vinegar or the bay leaf and instead of cooking it on top of the stove, I baked it in a 400 degree oven for two hours. The meat was very tender and my family really liked it but I didn't care for it. This stew was very easy and I may try again, this time with beef.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 18, 2015
Fluffy Pancakes
My grandkids love pancakes and I didn't have any mix in the cupboard so went to my go-to Allrecipes to make my grandkids morning. As usual I wasn't disappointed. These were perfect. I made them as written and I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you! Will keep in my recipe box for sure.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 1, 2015
 
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