Margeux Profile - (15547722)

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Home Town: Mount Dora, Florida, USA
Living In: Howey, Florida, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2012
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Crêpes de Nutella dans Le Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris
Lasagne alla Bolognese in Bologna
About this Cook
I was lucky enough to grow up in a family where everyone cooked and baked. My mother had her staples, and my father worked his restaurant chef magic at home. My grandmother made old French classics and my grandfather cooked for the masses. My aunt was always baking, making fun themed cakes for family member's birthdays. I've been helping out in the kitchen, collecting recipes, and studying techniques since I can remember. I've been living with my boyfriend for about seven years now, and have actually managed to get him to start eating some vegetables. Breaking away from my favorite veggies & exploring new ones with him has been a great culinary experience. I've learned and added a lot to my kitchen arsenal. /// I spent Summer 2013 studying abroad in Florence, Italy and spent five weeks backpacking in Europe Fall 2014. They were the best experiences of my life. I plan to implement the European (and particularly the Italian) lifestyle into my own, in & outside the kitchen.
My favorite things to cook
I really believe in healthier options. I really enjoy cooking vegetables and playing with different, light sauces. And even though I do not very much eat meat, I enjoy cooking red meat. I also enjoy baking, although I haven't perfected the art. I also love to cook Asian foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love our family get together and I really love helping in the kitchen to cook for the masses.
My cooking triumphs
Ever since I got my (adorable) pink stand-up KichtenAid mixer a few years ago, I've been playing a lot with baking. A classic sugar drop cookie has become a favorite. I also have found an amazing, basic vegan recipe for cookie and bread that's great to build from... everything from a simple peanut butter cookie to carrot and zucchini bread. I also I consider myself pretty good at cooking Asian foods and I think I've mastered a few slow cooker recipes, too.
My cooking tragedies
I can NEVER make moist banana bread; I ALWAYS overcook it. It's ridiculous!
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Easy Corn Pudding
TASTY! This recipe is super easy (and super cheap, which helps when you're a poor college student like myself, haha). I also liked that it only required one dish and one spoon - easy cleanup! However I did follow some of the suggestions from other reviewers: I did not drain the liquid from the whole kernel corn, I decreased the butter to 1/3 cup (5 & 1/3 tbsp), and added two eggs. Additionally, I did not have any sour cream on hand so I substituted plain greek yogurt. Perhaps because of the extra liquid, the pudding require much longer to cook (maybe 15-20 additional minutes). Although, I'm afraid with out the extra liquid from the canned corn the result would have been more like a souffle, and I prefer a moist, dense pudding. With these modifications, I will definitely use this recipe again!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 24, 2014
Simple Scones
Not only was this recipe EASY, it produced TASTY scones!! I added more dried cranberries (because I love them) and orange zest than the recipe called for, but the orange flavor was still too subtle for my liking. Next time, I'll add even more zest :) I also made some other minor adjustments: I substituted baking margarine for butter and plain greek yogurt for sour cream; I painted the tops with melted (real) butter and sprinkled with corse raw sugar before baking. The best part of this recipe (other than it being so easy)... the scones are not too sweet, but rather quite perfect! Definitely adding this to my baking arsenal!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2014
OU Corn Casserole
As a college student, this was such a simple and cheap recipe to make! I did add one egg, and might try adding some skim milk next time, as I prefer a creamier dish. I will definitely make this again!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 17, 2012

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