BREATHE_IN_DREAMS Profile - (1585062)

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Living In: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
If left to myself I'd neither cook nor eat much at all, but I love to cook for others, and enjoy eating together too. My little girl is the most important person in my world (her daddy too) and family in general is very important to me. I don't cook or eat any mammals but I still eat poultry and fish. I prefer to eat little meat and often scale down the amounts I use to stretch what I buy of it.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook all kinds of ethnic foods and special holiday meals. I hate baking because I don't know enough about it yet to improvise as I'd like. I love grilling and sauteeing in the summer and roasting and trying to bake in the winter.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Almost every Friday since my daughter was born we have gone out to my grandparents farm for dinner. It's a 2 1/2 hour drive up north for my daughter and me, but it's worth it. My mother and my sister meet us there and we all cook a big farm dinner (at lunchtime when it was traditionally served). My grandfather preps on his cutting board at the table while we crowd into the kitchen to cook. My grandmother makes what she can ahead of time and them conducts the whole affair. My mother, sister and I set the dinning room table, stir the pots and bake the bread while my daughter loves to help how ever she can. After we have eaten all three courses (salad, main course, and desert) we clear the table, put up the leftovers, and do up the dishes. My little one is already learning to enjoy the hussle and bustle of cooking and cleaning together and the importance of family. She can hardly wait to get out to Papa and Gigi's farm to do it all again next week.
My cooking tragedies
When I first moved out on my own I decided to make chocolate brownies from scratch. I found a good recipe and dug in. Unfortunately I was out of vegetable oil, so I thought that since olives were like a vegetable I could use olive oil in the brownies. They were absolutely disgusting, but in an odd turn of events, they were eaten up at a party we had the next night. It just goes to show that you shouldn't drink and eat.
Recipe Reviews 67 reviews
Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
Used almost a cup each of the peanut butter and really ripe bananas and some extra brown sugar. I used half all-purpose flour and half white whole wheat flour and added dark chocolate chips. Pretty good but the flavor is very subtle. Made 40 mini muffins. Would probably make these again for a change of pace or when I want some extra protein in my breakfast but I like my modified "banana banana bread" recipe better. (The flavor shows up the next day. My husband loved these. They peanut butter intensified over time until it overpowered my desire to eat them but he chowed them down by himself. I thought they peaked within a day or so.)

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Reviewed On: Apr. 10, 2009
Eggplant Parmesan II
I am impressed. My husband who hates eggplant really liked this. I added extra cheese and put the extra breading on top before I baked it with the sauce. I only had 3 cups of sauce and I wish I'd had more! For myself and my little girl, we would have liked more heft to our eggplant slices. I didn't know how much they would shrink and by the time they were done there just wasn't much to them. But I may use this recipes again to try to trick the hubby into liking eggplant. Hey it worked for broccoli and spinach and we're well on the way for green beans...

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Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2009
Christmas Cornflake Wreath Cookies
Used food coloring paste to get a deeper color. They looked great, really green. We used honey bunches of oats for the cereal and m&m's for the decorations. I added an extra 1/2 t. of vanilla for my daughter the vanilla girl. I was to scared to make these in the microwave so I melted the butter in a sauce pan, added my extracts and my coloring paste, and then added the marshmallows. Worked great but I'm hoping they'll set up a bit more. She's taking them to Kindergarten tomorrow for snack. She loved decorating them as I shaped the wreaths. We will definetly make this one a tradition.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 16, 2008

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