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Brenda Mills

Brenda Mills
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Living In: Oregon City, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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Bailee's Birthday Cake
About this Cook
My name is Brenda and I am a native Oregonian. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my grandma and began learning to cook, bake and can foods when I was eight. I loved it and continued to learn from her as well as books. I eventually learned to decorate cakes and went on to work as a professional decorator. I also entered our state fair many times and have won several blue ribbons for my work. I truly love being in the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I am a fresh veggie freak and I try to incorporate them into whatever I cook. I especially love to stir-fry shrimp with asparagus or green beans and lots of asian flavors! I think my favorite meal to cook is Thanksgiving dinner. It's an easy enough meal to prepare, everyone loves turkey dinner and it also lets you show off your baking skills!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Some of my best memories were with my Dad learning to bake cakes! When my daughter was younger we spent many hours in the kitchen baking and decorating cakes and cookies! Now I have a granddaughter and I can hardly wait til she's old enough to join me in the kitchen!
My cooking triumphs
I think that anytime someone asks you for the recipe of something you've made that is a triumph!
My cooking tragedies
I was so excited about baking my first cake with my dad!! After carefully mixing all the ingredients we put the cake in the oven and set the timer. I was so impatient that I couldn't wait so I peeked in the oven... several times. The end result was a collapsed, gooey wafer. I was so disappointed all I could do was cry!!!
Recipe Reviews 39 reviews
Baked Coconut Shrimp
I finally made these and took them to a party. I didn't have cayenne pepper so I substituted black pepper and some chile flakes and it seemed to work. I also ran the coconut through the food processor to make it a little finer. Served with a mango dipping sauce and everyone really liked them. Will definitely make again!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 26, 2014
Marshmallow Fondant
I have been using marshmallow fondant for years and it is hands down so much better than the store bought stuff. Cheaper too!! I like to use my kitchenaid fitted with the dough hook to do the kneading for me.I spray the bowl with pam, dust it with powdered sugar and put about a cup in the bottom then add the marshmallow mixture. While mixing on low speed I add the rest of the sugar and let it do it's thing. It is still sticky and you have to work with it a bit but the end result is worth the effort. It keeps for weeks in the fridge too.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2009
Garlic Chicken with Orzo Noodles
This is such a great recipe! The variations are only limited to your imagination! I used 3 parts chicken broth and 1 part water to cook the orzo. I had a leek that needed using so I sauteed it with the chicken. I didn't have spinach so I used arugula (YUM) and I added a fresh diced tomato for color and topped with a little shaved parmesan. This dish is light and packed with flavor. Can't wait to try it with shrimp. Great recipe, will use again and again.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2009
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