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Home Town: Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA
Living In: Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2012
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm by no means a professional chef, but I am skilled in the kitchen. I love trying new recipes, and also perfecting ones I've been making my whole life. It's silly, but nothing makes me happier than when someone tells me they absolutely love something that I've cooked or baked.
My favorite things to cook
I love making soups and chili! They're so easy, and really there's no master recipe to follow, so I also think they're really fun. I'm also very in to baking, and I love making and decorating elaborate cakes and cookies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom taught me how to cook from a very young age, especially during the holiday season. Every holiday, she makes essentially the same meal, with a couple new things every year. One of my biggest accomplishments has been mastering her stuffing recipe. It's a very basic, simple recipe, with just a few "secret" ingredients, but it's so, so yummy. My siblings and I (and even my close friends) all agree that the holidays aren't really here until we eat it.
My cooking triumphs
I really pride myself on my cake and cookie decorating abilities. One of my first jobs was at a local cookie shop, Blondie's Cookies, where I realized my aptitude for this. I was actually recognized and praised by the owner, and my designs have been featured on their website.
My cooking tragedies
Learning how to make traditional English toffee! I have never had more frustrations, or thrown more ruined recipes away, than when I was trying to perfect this. I finally did it this past Christmas Ever for my boyfriend's familys' celebration, and it was a hit. I tried it again for my family's the next day, and I couldn't get it!
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Butternut Squash Soup II
This was fantastic! I have never made soup from squash before, and I'm so glad I tried it! And even though I hate it when people do this, due to the high amount of reviews that included slight changes, I altered it some myself. First, I baked the squash at 400 degrees for 1 hour. I also put a whole head of garlic with the top trimmed about 1/4 of an inch on the same pan with the squash, drizzled it with olive oil, and roasted it for about 20 minutes. I used vegetable broth in place of chicken broth so my vegetarian sister could eat it, and I used a whole medium sized onion. I didn't think that it would be necessary to brown the vegetables beforehand, so I just let everything simmer together. Lastly, I roasted a jalapeno on the stovetop, removed half the seeds, minced it and added it to the soup in the last 20 or so minutes of cooking time. This soup was sooo good. The roasted garlic added a slight extra sweetness, and the jalapeno was just enough to give it a slight heat, not overwhelming. I sprinkled my bowl with a little parmesan cheese, and it was the perfect cold-night meal. Thank you!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2012
Cherry Bomb Chicken
The PERFECT bbq chicken! I had never tried to grill chicken before, so I was nervous. It turned out amazing, and all 3 people I made dinner for told me it was the best bbq chicken they had ever had! Next time I make it (which will be soon), I am thinking about adding some fresh pineapple to the brine. Amazing!

27 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 25, 2012
Salsa Chicken Burrito Filling
This was delicious! I didn't have any tomato sauce, so I used some chicken stock instead. I know the two aren't really interchangeable, but it turned out great. I will definitely make this again!

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