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Home Town: California, USA
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Member Since: Jan. 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
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About this Cook
Hi! My name is Jan, & I’m a stay at home mom of 5 beautiful and busy children ranging in age from 4 to 13 (two boys, three girls – all about 2-1/2 years apart in age). I’ve been married to the man of my dreams for almost 14 years. Together, our life together is sweet chaos! Luckily, my husband is self employed and works out of our home, so he’s always here when I need him, (with a rambunctious 4 year old son, I seem to need him a lot lately)! This also allows me the ability to work on my freebies, bargains and giveaways blog ( I enjoy doing everyday! I feel immensely blessed in my life, even when things get tough. I realize that there are those in the world who have it worse, so I count my blessings, not my trials. I didn't know how to cook meals when I first got married, but with a growing family I had no choice but to learn. Allrecipes & cooking channels were my teachers, and I can proudly say after 14 years, I'm a pretty decent home cook now.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Vanilla Ice Cream I
The BEST Vanilla Ice Cream I've ever had! I did modify based on other reviews though. I did NOT whip the heavy cream. Infact I just threw all ingredients (minus the lemon juice, I didn't add that at all) into a huge glass mixing bowl, mixed it up and stuck it in the microwave. Every 2 minutes I stirred it until the temp reached 185 degrees. Let it cool, then mixed it in my Kitchenaid stand mixer Ice Cream Maker attachment. Next time, I am going to add real vanilla seed and change the serving size to 12 to make just a bit more.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 30, 2012
Chuck's Favorite Mac and Cheese
I bought a 20lb ham last week for a terrific price so I've been trying to find recipes to use it up on. The other night I made this baked Mac & cheese and added cooked ham and cooked carrots to make it a meal. Topped with more cheese and homemade french fried onions! Yum! I doubled the recipe for my family of 7. I LOVED this meal! The only thing I would do differently is add more ham than I did. The ham added such smokey depth of flavor. My oldest did not like the cottage cheese in it. She's a visual eater. So she nuked it until all the curds were melted, lol. My husband is not a cottage cheese fan either but he had no problem gobbling this up. This is my first time cooking with cottage cheese, and I was hoping it would melt along with the other cheeses but it didn't. So keep that in mind if you have picky eaters like mine. Apparently the cottage cheese is used as a binder, so I will substitute with an egg or two next time...and there will be a next time...but with more ham, lol. FYI, To make homemade french fried onions I very thinly sliced up a red onion, separated the rings and soaked in milk for 5 minutes (I used the milk that I soaked these in to the cheese sauce). Mixed up some flour with season salt, a little regular salt, and a dash of pepper. Then coated the onion rings and fried them up in oil until light brown. Salty crispy goodness!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 25, 2012

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