mamamel Profile - (15152106)

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Living In: Minnesota, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Needlepoint, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I am a wife & mother who just loves to make good food for her family. I was raised by a mom who homecooked every single meal; I strive to do the same. I work part-time & struggle to come up with new & exciting meals every night, so I am excited to join & hear what others are cooking!
My favorite things to cook
I'm from Minnesota, so of course we love our hotdish! I make a great meatloaf too. I enjoy cooking anything that is "hearty" and "homesyle"; nothing too complicated for everyday dinners. My husband loves to try my new creations, so I am lucky. I enjoy experimenting with different types of foods, such as curry dishes & German foods. I also try to cook healthy; always including fresh vegetables & whole grains where possible. I am developing a passion for organics as well in order to support local farmers and to avoid exposing my family to unecessary carcinogens. I do what I can with what I have.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My famiy always served a German rice pudding with homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas Eve. I never cared for it so probably won't continue it with my family. I think the most important cooking traditions I want to continue with my children is to always let them be a part of the cooking process. It may make more of a mess & take more time to clean up, but the memories it creates are lifelong. I always want my children to be welcome in my kitchen, and I always want to make sure & have one sit-down at the table meal with my family every day when possible.
My cooking triumphs
I always enjoy having my parents & grandparents over for meals and getting compliments. When I make something different and my dad likes it (he's a meat-and-potatoes guy), I feel pretty happy.
My cooking tragedies
My husband would say my "apple soft" experience. When I was younger & poorer, I didn't realize that there is a huge difference between butter & margarine. As a newlywed, I was trying to make my husband's favorite dessert (apple crisp), and I used margarine instead of butter. Let's just say it wasn't crispy!!
Recipe Reviews 45 reviews
Gorilla Bread
Very good! *Very Rich* I followed the recipe almost exactly, but I did decrease the syrup amount b/c I only had 1 stick of butter. So I used only 1 stick of butter and 1 cup of brown sugar, but I still found that there was plenty of "gooeyness" throughout when the bread was finished. I cut each loaf of bread into 18 pieces (36 total). Ironically, when I got done cutting the cream cheese, I also had 36 pieces. So, all of my bread pieces had filling. I have a 9.75 inch bundt pan that I used. I made this the night before, and when it was assembled, I covered it in greased plastic wrap and put it in the fridge overnight. I expected it to rise some in the fridge, but I was pleasantly surprised that it had risen completely after 9 hours! I took it out and let it come to room temp while I preheated the oven, and it was done in probably 45 minutes. A nice way to enjoy Easter breakfast without any last minute hassle. We served it with the hard boiled eggs the kids had colored (after they had to find them all, of course). I just wish I had about 5 other people to share it with, because there is no way on earth we could come close to eating this all. I like to eat, but my insides would not have been happy if I had eaten more than I did :)

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Reviewed On: Apr. 5, 2015
Smothered Pheasant
I made the recipe as described, except I did it in a family sized skillet and used 2 pints of 1/2 and 1/2. I also included the leg sections, which became very tender. My 2-year-old seriously ate 1.5 breasts himself. My 4.5-year-old, who initially was sent to her room for crying that she didn't want to eat the gross looking food, ended up completing the meal by eating a whole leg section. Both kids were belting out, "More pheasant, please!" faster than we could cut it off the bones. Very yummy. Thanks. We ate it with boiled potatoes, beets, and caprese salad.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 29, 2015
Fish Tacos
I made the sauce exactly as written, and it was so delicious! I have never made fish tacos myself, but I sure have eaten some really great ones just over the border. These brought me back to my college days :) I served with chopped cabbage on a corn tortilla, but we also enjoyed them with slices of avacado.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 1, 2015

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