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Living In: Portsmouth, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2011
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
Though I am trying to learn how to cook, my main interest is writing. I'd rather not live off of grilled cheese sandwiches and ramen noodles :P
My favorite things to cook
Though I'm still a beginner, I enjoy making cookies, muffins, and that sort of thing. I haven't tried bread though--that's a little difficult for me as of now. Chicken is also something I like to prepare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom and grandma are also great bakers, though soups and stews are also a family favorite.
My cooking triumphs
I haven't particularly cooked much quite yet, I have to practically rent the kitchen from my mom, but so far baking and simple meals are easy for me to make.
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Old German Honey Cookies
The milk was more appetizing than the cookies. I decided to follow others' reviews and change sugar to 1/2 c and honey to 1.25 c, and I added Cinnamon and Nutmeg. The first batch came out near tasteless, and my mother suggested adding chunks of apple to the batter. The apple made it a bit better, but I still didn't like them. If I'd kept to the original sugar and honey amounts (and perhaps upped the spice amounts, and changed the shortening to butter), MAYBE they would have turned out better. My parents and little sister all said they were "not bad," but I get the feeling they were just being polite. I will never make these again. *ALSO: I at first followed the advice of one user suggesting to wait until they were just a bit golden brown on the TOP, however mine never browned on the top. As a result, my first 9 cookies came out burnt. If your tops aren't browning, use the edges as a guide. If brown is just starting to peek out, they're done. Mine went for 11 minutes.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 14, 2014
Classic Macaroni Salad
I followed some suggestions from other reviewers and used 1/4 cup sugar, garlic salt instead of regular salt, and added paprika (which turned the dish orange XD). I accidentally added too much vinegar, so I had to put in a lot more mayo. I taste tested it before sticking it in the fridge so it'd be ready for this evening's Thanksgiving feast, and it's okay. It's probably because I accidentally let the bottle of vinegar "glug" by tipping it over too much, but in any case 2 tablespoons seems like an awful lot. If you like a mild macaroni salad, cut the vinegar in half or use 1.5 tablespoons. Taste it before adding the full amount. Note: I cut the recipe yield in half. Four cups of uncooked pasta is an awful lot.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 28, 2013
Iced Pumpkin Cookies
These came out pretty good. I followed the suggestions of some other reviewers and used 1 cup white sugar & 1/2 cup brown sugar, one 15 oz. can of pumpkin, and put cinnamon in the glaze. I found that these did not spread very much in the oven while they baked. Pay attention when these are in the oven; my first tray was done in 11 minutes, but the second one needed another 4 minutes, and then when the heat was raised the rest were done in a little under 12 minutes. The cookie itself tastes (to me) a lot like pumpkin pie, because of the pumpkin and spices used. It definitely needed the glaze; the pumpkin and spices overpowered the sugar. Everything has room for improvement, so I'm giving it four stars, but these are definitely satisfactory. Something worth mentioning, however, is that when the cookies are fresh out of the oven, they have a tendency to stick together. Let them completely cool before glazing or storing them.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 30, 2013
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