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Kayla


Kayla
 
Home Town: Texas, USA
Living In: Kc, Missouri, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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One of my Four Kitchen Helpers, Aizy (3 yrs)
About this Cook
Stay at home mother to four children 5 and under.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts! I love create spins on brownies and cookies, particularly. I'm also very good at bread-making. I attribute that to watching my mother make bread for years, even though she could never get me to get involved. I learned by proximity!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday desserts are my absolute favorite. My children and I pick out 10 different desserts to make. Five to seven of them are usually the conventional items, like sugar cookies, cupcakes, choco covered items. We like to get creative, though.
My cooking triumphs
I have conquered a lot of different recipes over the last few years that were a challenge for me, including bread-making, homemade pizza doughs. and canning. However, the achievement that still makes me giddy is FINALLY...after years of screwing them up...learning how to boil eggs to perfection, every time! Seems so simple, I know!
My cooking tragedies
My biggest cooking fiasco was a special family dinner. I made a beautiful rump roast, sesame garlic potatoes, onion rolls, and steamed asparagus! It smelled so heavenly! I pulled the roast pan out of the oven to drain some juice from the beef for the gravy when my hand slipped from one of the handles. The juice and roast dumped out all over the front of me, giving me 2nd degree burns all over my chest...even on "the girls!" That was probably one of the most painful, most hilarious ER visits I've ever had in my life. The family was very understanding.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
EXCELLENT RECIPE!! This has a lot of the standard proportions in my other cookie recipes (like oatmeal and peanut butter), which is a characteristic I was looking for in a good recipe. One thing I like to note for novice bakers, though, is that the temp of the dough before cooking is an important factor in their appearance. If you soften the butter too much and cook right away, the cookies may not look "fluffy." They may turn out flat and unappealing. I soften my butter to just a mushy texture and refrigerate the dough for at least one hour...sometimes overnight, if I have to. The dough is colder, so they don't spread and flatten out as quickly. Plus, you get these fabulous chewy middles that are to DIE for! I love these cookies! This is my new choco chip cookie recipe, now! Thanks!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 1, 2012
Claudia's Yummy Frosting for Cakes and Cupcakes
I'll give it 2 stars. One star for ease and another for flavor. Unfortunately, this frosting, as directed, is as runny as a cake batter. I added 4T of extra flour, and it was still runny. I added another cup of powdered sugar, and it came a bit closer to the right consistency. It was dingy from the colored vanilla (I'll use clear next time or omit), as well. Overall, I would not use this particular recipe again. However, there are some reviewers' versions that have possibility.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 3, 2011
Slow Cooker Apple Crisp
This was amazing! Rich, gooey...a great recipe! The flavor is perfect. I recommend using Granny Smith apples. However, there is no "crisp" part of the apple crisp that you get with oven baking. However, if you don't mind that and just slather it with vanilla ice cream like I do, the lack of "crisp" is negligible! I topped with cinnamon & spice oatmeal in the crock pot, which was a great addition. Slow cookers vary in their abilities to seal in the moisture, too. So, if you have a history of having crock recipes turn out a little dry or overdone, you may need to add a little liquid to the mix, somehow. For example, a 1/4 cup of water added to the slow cooker before anything else might be helpful. Problems were negligible. I'd make it again if I needed to do so. I definitely prefer the oven-baked version of apple crisp, but, during holiday mealtime when your one oven is overworked, taking away one of the bake-ables and putting it in the crock pot is really a great help.

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