KRISTEN02 Profile - (1583303)

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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 72 reviews
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. :-)

9 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
Monster Cookies VIII
Five stars for how much easier these are than making them the old fashioned way! They are soft and very tasty. I think for the oats to add any real texture though, they need to be doubled. You could skip the oats, too, because 1/2 a cup doesn't seem to do anything for them. I will make these again for sure. :-)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 10, 2011

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