GIRL40165 Profile - (1665514)

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Home Town: Lj, Kentucky, USA
Living In: Cr, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Music
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  • Waffles I
  • Waffles I  
    By: OneShyOfABunch
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About this Cook
24 year old female...trying to learn to cook healthy meals from scratch for me and my boyfriend!
My favorite things to cook
I do cook upon occasion, but when making something for fun (rather than specifically for a meal) I usually bake cookies, bread or a cake.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family's traditional broccoli cheese casserole and homemade butterhorn rolls, and adding new family food traditions from my boyfriend's family!
My cooking triumphs
I cannot pin down a specific moment as a personal cooking triumph, but I always enjoy those times when I receive compliments.
My cooking tragedies
My first ever attempt to make something from scratch was in the 3rd grade. A friend was over and we tried to make a cake (I think that was the plan). We didn't follow a recipe and just threw things together (because my parents were able to do the same thing and have it turn out well). I remember we made a very floury, rock-hard, root-beer flavored mound. Needless to say we didn't taste it and trashed it immediately. Since then I've followed recipes, making only minor alterations, and have never had a disaster quite as interesting as that first one.
Recipe Reviews 31 reviews
My Kentucky Derby Dessert
I made this for a Derby party this year. I did not use the corn oil and instead just used browned butter as a previous review mentioned. I also used 60% cacao chips instead of semisweet. Otherwise I followed the recipe to a tee. I agree that there is way too much filling - I ended up making two muffin-sized pies in addition to the main one. It was actually great because I was able to taste what I made without cutting into the actual pie prematurely. The pie turned out really well! It had a crust that resembled a cookie, and was gooey inside as I expected. The one thing I would change would be to melt the chocolate chips and mix it in after the sugars or something. My chocolate chips all sank to the bottom of the pie. Super tasty still, but a little crunchy. I would like the flavor and texture to be better balanced throughout the whole pie. It is a recipe I will keep! I did receive several compliments on it this year!

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 6, 2013
Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints
These are perfectly simple and delicious cookies! I didn't have any of the issues mentioned by others and I didn't do anything special to any of the ingredients. My butter was frozen so I had to nuke it a bit to soften it. I mixed everything by hand. I used my thumb to flatten a middle part and then my fingertip to make another, smaller, dent - I think another reviewer's suggestion of using a small measuring spoon to make the indentation is a great idea! As long as you make sure the walls are closed, there should be no issues with the jam running. I didn't have any issues with the dough flattening - they baked into pretty much the shape I formed them in originally. I made 1/3 of the recipe for an even dozen to test these out and they were AMAZING with the blackberry jam I used! I can't wait to make more for the holidays with black cherry and apricot jams!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 21, 2011
Turkey Pot Pie I
Fantastic! I used frozen leftover Thanksgiving turkey and was happy to find a perfect recipe for it! Very hearty, filling, and absolutely delicious! For the crust I used the "Pastry for Double-Crust Pie" recipe on this site. I was very happy to find it wasn't too runny - the leftovers never made the crust soggy in the fridge! Remember the bouillon is pretty salty in itself - you may not need to add any additional salt for seasoning. I think this pot pie would be fantastic with pretty much any meat!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 3, 2011

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