MelissaSmith Profile - (1563341)

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Living In: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Easter Carrot Cake
About this Cook
I've been married since 2002. I have one daughter who is almost two. She's becoming a pickier eater by the minute!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook new things - I have a few select recipes I keep going back to, but discovering new and exotic things to make for dinner is my favorite thing to do!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pumpkin soup. I know - it sounds gross, but it's all about going in the fall, picking out the perfect pumpkin, and eating a hot bowl on a cold day!
My cooking triumphs
I tried my hand at a Groom's cake and feel that it was a success. I'm also quite proud of my twin heart cakes made for a Valentine's Day/50th Year Anniversary - one strawberry cake heart and one red velvet cake heart.
My cooking tragedies
I attempted a soup with beans...I'd never used uncooked beans before and didn't know they needed to be pre-soaked! It also took me an embarrassing number of times to find out that you can't just raise the temperature of the oven to cook things poor family has eaten their share of dried, crusty chicken!
Recipe Reviews 44 reviews
Best Bruschetta Ever
Love this recipe, but it really needs two VITAL changes: first, use FRESH basil, finely chopped. Second, mince the garlic and combine with the olive oil. Throw it into the microwave for 30 seconds. It gets the garlic a little cooked and infuses the olive oil with flavor! I could eat the entire batch...

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 21, 2010
Chicken Enchilada Casserole I
5 stars with the following changes: omit the onion, add a layer of black beans (1 can is enough), and top with cheddar cheese. A lot of people said the sauce was too runny - those are usually the same people who substitute shredded cheese for the velveeta. I used velveeta and it was the perfect consistency. My suggestion is if you're going to substitute shredded cheese, omit the chicken broth and drain the can of tomatoes.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 16, 2008
Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
I used this recipe and changed NOTHING and they were awesome. SO easy to throw together - it inspired me to make breakfast at home more often.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 29, 2008
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