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Kristen Lilly Freitas

Kristen Lilly Freitas
Home Town: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Living In: Pflugerville, Texas, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I've been happily married to my husband Jeff, since '96. I'm a stay at home mom to two kids, Gabrielle ('98) and Alec ('04). They like to help me cook in the kitchen when I'm making cookies or muffins :-). My daughter tells me she is an expert egg cracker. ;-) My son always makes sure everything is mixed, very, very, very well! (Which isn't always good for the muffins!)
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook desserts, muffins, quick (yeast free) breads and cookies. I do like cooking dinner every night, just because I tend to like my cooking best. ;-)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year we make and decorate Christmas cookies. We do other baking together throughout the year, but that is my favorite.
My cooking triumphs
Before my husband and I got married we were both living at home and neither one of us could cook. Our moms did that. ;-) Once we were married, I agreed to learn how to cook, if he would clean the kitchen. It was a deal! Went from only knowing how to make Hamburger Helper, after calling my mom, to knowing how to cook *almost* anything! Haven't had to clean the kitchen after dinner for over 10 years now, hehe!
My cooking tragedies
Anything with yeast or phyllo dough is guaranteed to be a tragedy. If I could master those, I would be an expert cook!
Recipe Reviews 73 reviews
Simple Whole Roasted Chicken
I used the roasting method only, with a different chicken rub recipe. This method roasts the chicken perfectly! The skin was perfectly crispy and flavorful, and the meat was so moist and juicy! I made sure to baste the chicken with chicken broth every time I changed the oven temp. The only issue was that with the high heat, the drippings in the pan burnt, so I couldn't use them for basting or for the gravy. Hence, the reason for 4 stars instead of 5.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2014
Mom's Baked Macaroni and Cheese
I have tried sooo many mac n cheese recipes, and my family has hated them all. This is the first homemade mac n cheese recipe I've made that they love. I love how easy it is to make! It did need two cans of soup, and I had about 1/2 cup sour cream I needed to use up, but other than that, no changes were made. This will be in the regular rotation. :-)

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 14, 2011
Cracked Sugar Cookies I
These cookies are perfect! (I did add 1/4 tsp almond extract, just because we love the taste.) I tried them three different ways based on the reviews I read. One cookie sheet just like the recipe, rolled and not dipped in anything. The second sheet with them rolled in sugar and pressed down more flat. The third sheet with them rolled in sugar and *not* pressed down. The cookies baked identically whether they were pressed down flat or not-meaning they had the same chewy consistency, and took the same (14 minutes) to cook. However, the cookies that weren't pressed down flat first had more of the crackling on top, when they were done cooking. I don't think rolling them in sugar is really necessary either. They were just as good without it. Bottom line- I think the recipe is good as is. :-)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 18, 2011

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