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Hollys Taylor Made Treats

Hollys Taylor Made Treats
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Living In: Attica, Indiana, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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Bacon Wrapped Smokies
Holly's Lemon Bars
About this Cook
I am married with one child in college and I live in rural Warren County. I published a cookbook in 1998, "From Grandma's Table" and have had good success with it. I love to enter baking contests and have recently started a part-time catering business. I also work full time as an accountant at a local hospital and sell real estate part-time.
My favorite things to cook
Pies are my specialty. I love to take my time with the top crust and make it look special. I also like working with yeast dough, cakes, and cookies. I recently started decorating cakes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is full of good cooks. Our annual reunion must always have my Aunt Carol's meatloaf, Mom's cheeseball, my chocolate layer dessert and pecan bars.
My cooking triumphs
I have won several local baking contests and I would like to compete in the Pillsbury Bake Off. I once made a cake for a strawberry themed contest that took 5 1/2 hours to complete. It was truly a labor of love complete with white chocolate curls!!
My cooking tragedies
I had only been married for about a week when I decided to make gravy. I called home to ask my mom how much flour to use, and since she wasn't there, my dad told me to use a cup or two. I thought two cups sounded like a lot, so I only used one. The gravy was stiffer than thick mashed potatoes, but my new husband said it tasted wonderful!! I've come a long way in cooking abilities since then.
Recipe Reviews 36 reviews
Country Apple Dumplings
I was very pleased with how this turned out and my husband loved it! I read all the reviews and, with a few changes, this recipe is to die for! I used 1 can of Grand’s instead of 2 cans of crescents and separated them into 16 pieces. I only used ¾ cup of real butter (1 and ½ sticks), ¾ c. brown sugar and ¾ c. white sugar and let that simmer on low until it thickened up a bit. Then after I removed it from the heat, I stirred in the cinnamon, 1 tsp. vanilla and ¼ tsp. of nutmeg. I used Diet Mt. Dew but, only about half a can and I sprinkled cinnamon red hot candies on top. The dumplings really puffed up and filled a 9 x 13 pan and were not soggy after baking for 40 minutes. The red hot candies melted into red polka dots on top of the slightly crispy tops of the dumplings and the whole house smelled wonderful! This is definitely a keeper and next time I may try sprinkling pecans on top, too.

26 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 19, 2011
Buttermilk Biscuits I
I didn't have buttermilk so I used buttermilk powder. They didn't turn out too good, way too sticky, but I think that is because of the buttermilk powder. I ended up making drop biscuits and even though the dough was sticky, the biscuits were way too dry. I will try these again and re-post soon.

12 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 24, 2011
Oklahoma Cheese Grits
I made these using some of the hints from previous reveiwers. I used 1/2 stick butter instead of 3/4 and 1 tsp. less of salt. My husband really liked them but all I could taste was the Worcestershire sauce. He wants me to make them with some bacon next time.

32 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2010

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