christi0617 Profile - (16357143)


Home Town: Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA
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Member Since: Sep. 2010
Cooking Level: Beginning
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Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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Just me
About this Cook
I have always had someone cooking for me or eating out. My daughter called me the "spectator chef" because my favorite channel is Food Network, I collect cookbooks and browse recipes a lot. When she said that, I thought to myself, I don't want to be a spectator any longer so I rolled up my sleeves and began cooking. I'm still learning but in the wise words of my great chef of a boyfriend "You must be willing to fail at a dish and waste ingredients to make something brilliant" So after a few mishaps, I'm on the road of being able to change up recipes and learning spices/ingredients to better fit my taste buds.
My favorite things to cook
I love mexican and asian dishes, stews, soups, slow cooker recipes and anything I can do in a wok. I love recreating my parents recipes and making them my own.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving dinner is the first meal I helped prepare with my mother and sister. We have been doing it together for over 20 years and when I think of cooking traditions, I think of that day!
My cooking triumphs
Making my own pumpkin puree and making a pie that everyone (about 30 people so far) has said it is the best pumpkin pie they ever tasted. I followed a recipe on here, but making my own puree and adding vanilla to it made the biggest difference in my opinion (and those 30 people).
My cooking tragedies
When I was 18, I was actually banned from my parents kitchen. I blew up a casserole dish, caught fire to my mother's plant over the sink, and ruined everyone's dinner within a matter of about 5 minutes. So it became a joke. There were "wanted signs" with my picture that said to call the house police if I was seen using kitchen utensils. My family is very close so this type of practical joke was taken lightly. But now I love having my parents and siblings over to dinner and hear them rave about what I've created!
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Pumpkin Bread I
Very good recipe. I used raw sugar instead of the white sugar, I also used homemade pumpkin puree. I used about 1/4 of wheat and the rest of the white flour. I used egg whites instead of the full egg too. I like trying to make things a little more on the healthy side so these are just little moderations I do. My family never knew the difference so I succeeded.

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 3, 2010
Mission Mexican Pizza
I followed the review tips (thanks everyone) and used the taco seasoning for the meat which I think made a huge difference. I also put finely chopped onions in the meat. To make it a little lighter I used fat-free refried beans, wheat tortillas and I topped it with olives and light sour cream. My teenage daughter's favorite thing is Taco Bell's mexican pizza. She thought even the lighter version was better! I will be making this again. Definitely follow the review tips on this recipe, that's why it only got 4 stars for me.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 23, 2010
Hamburger Vegetable Soup
Delicious! I added a can of mixed white/yellow corn, used ground turkey, left out the elbow macaroni and used 99% fat-free broth to make it a little lighter. My daughter and I loved it!!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 16, 2010

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