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Simmering Down

Simmering Down
Home Town: Michigan, USA
Living In: Sacatepéquez, Guatemala
Member Since: Aug. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm an American who has been living and serving in Guatemala for nearly 4 years. I have a passion for baking. I am allergic to eggs and caffeine. I hate cooking for one, and my handsomer half is rarely home; so I end up spending a lot of time cooking/eating with my neighbors. They love learning my American foods, and I love learning their Guatemalan foods.
My favorite things to cook
"Food." My family knows better than to ask me what I am cooking now because even I rarely know. I tend to just add together ingredients which sound good.
My cooking triumphs
It took me about 7 years to successfully make an omelette. I was missing one important ingredient: patience. I can now make them either fast or slow and tend to use my fast version, but those early attempts were a lack of knowledge about how heat properly works.
My cooking tragedies
I once tried to make vegetable soup based on what was written on the ingredients section on the back of a vegetable soup can. Since I didn't have proper amounts, it didn't turn out quite right. In fact, it tasted HORRIBLE!
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Emily's Famous Banana Oat Muffins
I've been using this recipe for quite a while, but without actually having measuring cups and spoons in the house, I felt unqualified to give it a rating since I wasn't sure that my ratios were correct. Anyway, I made it last night, and it turned out really good. However--oops!--I forgot to put in the egg. At first I was worried, but then I just laughed it off a little because I'm allergic to egg anyway. (I'll make a new batch today with egg to give to the people who I was going to give them to and keep this one for me. It's rare that I'm able to enjoy my own baked goods as substitutes are usually more complicated than desired.)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 11, 2014
Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch
As is, the recipe was only okay. I would only rate it three stars; however, after making one small change, it really had the flavor I was looking for. THANK YOU to MVANWINKLE for giving me a wonderful base to start with! The small change I made was putting something like plain yogurt or keifer in place of the milk; that was all. It gave it the zing I was looking for. I now make this for everyone who wants to try "American food."

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 5, 2014
Cinnamon-Raisin Yogurt Biscuits
I thought they were okay, but all of my neighbors raved about them. I don't have measuring utensils; so I eyeballed the ingredients and ended up with something pretty runny (at least for something that was supposed to be cut). Since I don't have a biscuit cutter or even a round cookie cutter, I didn't worry too much about the consistency and just plopped it in mounds on a cookie tray. I regularly bake bread, and everyone who has tried these thinks I should switch to biscuits. (Not going to happen, but they are now the title-holding champion of "most delicious 'bread' to exit my oven.") I only gave it 4 stars because I wasn't that impressed personally.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 15, 2014

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