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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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Cranberry Orange Bread
We didn't care much for this recipe. The consistency of this recipe was too dense, almost chewy, and the flavor was like orange-cranberry cornbread.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 12, 2015
Tasty Collard Greens
This recipe interested me as my New Year's meal was pretty "pork heavy" with a brown sugar ham and black-eyed peas with a ham hock. I thought the turkey addition would be really nice - and it was. I used 4 bunches of collared greens instead of 5 and a smoked turkey leg (brined for 11 hours with kosher salt, brown sugar, water, and liquid smoke and then *loosely* smoked on our grill). After greens had cooked down, I removed turkey leg and diced a bit of the meat and tossed that back in. Also added a scant tablespoon of sugar and a few splashes of white vinegar. I didn't cook for as long as it said as my greens were getting to a nice consistency and I didn't want 'em mushy. Really, really good. I would like to try this next year with a proper smoked turkey leg (couldn't find one this year) - I bet that would make it great!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2015
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.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2014
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