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Nicole R.

Nicole R.
Home Town: Manlius, Illinois, USA
Living In: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Member Since: May 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Italian, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Music
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Happy Daze
About this Cook
Cancer survivor since 2004 (remission since 2006). Love music of all kinds, photography, baking, four-legged furry friends (cats, dogs, rabbits) though currently I have 2 Tetra fish) I graduated Midstate College in Peoria and received my Associate in Business Computer Accounting in Feb. 2008 and received my Bachelor in Accounting and Business Administration in May 2009. I have worked for the local casino as an Accountant since late July 2009.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook the things I don't need to eat- cookies, brownies, desserts. I also do main dishes with pasta, chicken, fish, pork chops and hamburger and lately I've been trying mushroom-based main dishes. I try to fix something new and different at least twice a month. Typically my cooking involves easy to intermediate recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We always had a birthday party for my great grandma every year for like 8 or so years straight, and we'd always make the cake.. So, even when she passed, we still celebrated with a cake for ourselves. That was the same with my uncle who passed in Aug. 2005, we celebrated his birthday with his favorite meal/cake in April '06 and have ever since- steak and carrot cake.
My cooking triumphs
I just appreciate it when someone thinks you made something wonderful. My chocolate chip cookies and brownies are usually a hit. Every year I try to make something I've never made before (usually around Christmas or family gathering), and I feel "special" that I've accomplished something new!
My cooking tragedies
Misreading the brownie recipe and putting 1/2 cup corn syrup in instead of 1/4 (it's 1/2 cup honey OR 1/4 cup corn syrup). Talk about a chocolate mess. I cooked it twice as long, but never set up. I reread and found my mistake... But that was the best tasting mistake!
Recipe Reviews 48 reviews
Apple Squares
These were great! I doubled the recipe, except for topping and omitted walnuts, for a 9x13 but added a heaping 2 cups of apples, per reviews. Normally I would make a recipe as-is the first time, but 1 cup of apples didn't seem like enough. Definitely making again, and except for chopping the apples, it took no time at all to make. I want to try drizzling with either caramel or a powdered sugar glaze next time and using applesauce in place of butter.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 21, 2014
"Pantry Raid" Chicken Enchilada Casserole
I thought it was good, but not great. My boyfriend liked it all except for the beans (he said he doesn't like the texture, but maybe it's the taste too). The idea is great, I think I will modify it a bit the next time I make it. The only thing I didn't add was chili powder because I didn't have any (or couldn't find it). And the sauce did splatter all over, so I will be more careful with that next time and keep a close eye on it and turn the heat down - it was a pain to clean up.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 30, 2013
Cucumber Sandwich
Terrific! Didn't have a ripe avocado but had some guacamole so spread some of that on. Pita bread would be perfect for this recipe! Really loved the comination of all the vegies/flavors. Definitely going in my "make often" section.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 21, 2012

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