Kenzie Profile - (16717493)

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Living In: Chatham, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Southern, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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J. McKenzie
About this Cook
I'm an 18 year old sophomore at LU. I am currently majoring in Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Management and a minor in Accounting. I have 5 brothers (no sisters!) and I'm the product of a single parent home. I love my mother; she has always been there for me as a friend and mentor, above all, a parent. I am the adored Auntie of a nearly 5 year old boy named Jayden, and a nearly 19 month old girl Jocelynn.
My favorite things to cook
I no longer have a favorite. Before, I'd say dessert. Now, I simply love the art of cooking and the act of sharing that art with the people I care about the most.
My favorite family cooking traditions
On the major holidays, the entire family gets together over food. Everyone brings a dish (or more).
My cooking triumphs
Key Lime Pie. Every family get together or Church event, I'm asked to make this dessert. Chili! Every cook out or church event that needs it will have me as the one who made it. Currently experimenting on vegetable chili because my nephew has PKU- he cannot consume meat because of the high protein it contains. Lemon Bars! Deliciously tart with a hint of sweetness on a golden, flaky crust. Say no more. Chocolate Chip Cookies. Warm, chewy with just the right crispness, and bursting with chocolate flavor. Sugar cookies! These little gems won the heart of a good friend who became my boyfriend of nearly 3 years. That chapter of my life is closed now, but I suppose the way to a man's heart is still through his stomach! I'll have fond memories when I bake these again.
My cooking tragedies
Other than those typical cooking experiments gone wrong, or the occasional lid on a spice not being secured before adding a "dash" to a recipe... I'm not really sure of a tragedy. Once, I attempted to bake brownies and used a different size of pan than called for. They came out hard as bricks!
Recipe Reviews 43 reviews
Simple Roasted Butternut Squash
It's amazing how something with so few ingredients, very simple ones at that, can be so delicious! My family loved this, I wouldn't change a thing.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 14, 2014
Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
This was absolutely delicious. I didn't make any changes other than to make 1.5 times the filling and using two prepared graham cracker crusts. I found that doing this left me with just a bit of canned pure pumpkin, so I went ahead and used the remainder of it in the filling and added an extra dash of the spices to accompany it. The texture of the cheesecake was light yet creamy at the same time, and I had no problems with cracking. I placed a pan of water on the bottom rack just to be safe. When the timer went off, I checked them then turned the oven off and left the cheesecakes for about 15 minutes. When I removed them, they were perfectly set and beautiful. Everyone at my church was impressed with this dessert! Thanks for a keeper that will be added to the Autumn rotation!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2013
Teriyaki Marinade
I realized that I had not marinated the beef strips I intended to use in a stir fry for tonight's dinner, so I halved the recipe and added a cornstarch slurry to thicken into a sauce. It went over fabulously with the family and I will definitely be using it as a marinade or reducing it to a sauce again. The only change I made to the halved recipe was to use minced garlic in place of the powder, olive oil instead of vegetable oil, and rice vinegar in place of white. I also used a little less soy sauce to make sure it wouldn't be too salty when I reduced it. This was a good jumping point to make something with the ingredients I already had on hand. For those curious, my stir fry consisted of chopped broccoli, diced portabella mushrooms, julienned carrots, diced celery, sliced onions, and diced green peppers with thinly sliced stir fry beef that I got on manager's special at my local grocery store. Super delish!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2013

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