AUDRANE Profile - (1621063)

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Home Town: Park View, Iowa, USA
Living In: Ames, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm interested in local and organic food. I like to stay away from artificial sweeteners and HFCS as well as MSG. I'm more likely to buy "real" peanut butter for my kids rather than Skippy. I truely believe that organic/local produce/eggs and meat tastes better so I try to seek it out. I'm always trying to find ways to encourage my kids to eat better. I run a daycare out of my home so simple/healthful and great tasting food is a challenge for me to prepare for kids and my picky husband.
My favorite things to cook
Mexican, soup, italian local veggies and new things. sometimes I just have to wing it for lunches when I don't have much time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We're still working on this one. We haven't setteled on one thing for a tradition besides steaks at midnight on New Year's Eve.
My cooking triumphs
Coming up with a way to get the kids to eat sweet potatoes and pumpkin... My sweet potato or pumpkin souffle, which other's think sounds gross but which the kids LOVE. Basically it's pumpkin pie filling without the crust cooked on the stove. I even omit the sweetened condensed milk and cut the sugar in half and they ask for it time after time. It's a great way to get them to eat their veggies, especially in winter.
My cooking tragedies
Our Thanksgiving turkey. We got a Heritage turkey from a local producer that was organically grown and free range. The directions I got online said to cook it at a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time, which we did...and ended up under cooking it. Luckily our friends are very forgiving and appreciated the fact that we tried to cook a heritage turkey in the first place :)
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Buttermilk Honey Wheat Bread
Why does this recipe have baking soda? I have never seen a yeast bread recipe with baking soda... so I completely omitted it. The bread came out wonderful. I did end up adding about 1/4 cup flour to the recipe to get the dough to the consistancy that I'm used to. I then just put it in my bread machine on the regular white setting, and the bread came out really well. I made 2 loaves in my 2 bread machines. I ran out of honey, so I used some Agave sweetener in place of the honey in one of the loaves. The bread came out just as good with the Agave as with the honey. I guess my suggestion is to add some flour and omit the unneeded baking soda.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 21, 2009
Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos
I made this with a 16oz bag of black beans (cooked on stove per directions) and then I put the beans in a food processor before mixing with the garlic/onion mixture. These are actually quite good! Will be making again!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 18, 2008
The Best Banana Bread
I did modify this recipe to make it more healthy for my daycare, but not enough to completely change the recipe. I used whole wheat flour, 3/4 cup honey instead of the sugar, 1/4 apple sauce + 1/4 cup canola oil instead of the margarine. The kids LOVED it and it turned out really nice. The parents tried it, what was left (not much!!) and they couldn't tell that it was low fat/lower sugar at all! This recipe uses less banana's than my usual recipe but it's almost as good. A keeper!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 29, 2008

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