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Jessica Kantola

Jessica Kantola
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Living In: Albany, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Recipe Reviews 54 reviews
Beef and Guinness(R) Stew
Absolutely delicious. I served it to my family with Irresistible Irish Soda Bread from this site and my toddler and husband gobbled it all up. Next time I make this, however, I will be sure to serve over potatoes or Colcannon as this only made enough for one meal for my 4 person family. Also, my 7-year-old turned her little nose up at it because of the intensity of flavor - which I think could have been dodged had I served it over mashed potatoes. We enjoyed it (except the 7 year old) but afterward decided that since it's such a very flavorful stew, almost like a gravy, some sort of mashed potato accompaniment really is a must. Another thought: I did use beef stock instead of chicken (beef is what I had on hand) and I wonder if using the chicken stock could have dialed down the strength of the stew. Going to go that way next time.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2014
Irresistible Irish Soda Bread
I've tried several Soda Bread recipes and this one is by far my favorite. I always follow the advice of the reviewer who suggests to let the bread sit at room temp for 30 minutes before baking. My loaves are always light (for Soda Bread, of course) with a beautiful crust and crumb.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2014
Perfect Baked Potato
Great basic recipe. I tossed my (scrubbed) medium-to-small-ish potatoes in a gallon sized ziplock bag with a couple tablespoons olive oil and passed on the salt (mostly because Hubby isn't a fan). I put the potatoes right on the oven rack with a large sheet of foil underneath to catch any wayward drops of oil. I did end up turning up the heat on my oven to 350 right about halfway through the cooking time - but they ended up perfect. The family gobbled them up.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 5, 2014
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