newcook@38 Profile - (180371764)

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Home Town: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Living In: Ahwatukee, Arizona, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2013
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern
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About this Cook
Due to a financial crisis our family went from eating out every day to eating in 6 days a week. At 38 years old I started grocery shopping using sales ads and cooking everything from scratch (except pasta). What went from a desperate attempt to reduce our food bill ended up being the saving grace to my mental health. I discovered that I can cook with a hard-headed toddler and infant under my feet, and above that I really enjoy that I am doing something for my family. I have been tinkering with the thought of creating a youtube channel so that new cooks can watch, laugh and learn at the ups and downs of this new cook @ 38.
My favorite things to cook
When I see recipes that call for canned or processed foods I like to seek out a "from scratch" recipe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up eating out. My mother worked and my step mother loved boxes or freezer food, so cooking from scratch was only introduced to me when I went to visit grandma. As an adult we went out to eat for almost every meal, the stove and dishwasher were never used, and my fridge was used to house take out cartons.
My cooking triumphs
I have a ton of leftover baby food jars and cereal so I have been adding them to breads, soups and bases. Any time I can toss a couple of jars in a dish I do it. I have made a yummy sweet potato soup, apple butter, and a sweet bread.
My cooking tragedies
I don't look at failed dishes as tragedies, I look at them as opportunities to learn to cook.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Cream Cheese Frosting II
I make this recupe for cinnamon rolls, this is a fast, tasty recipe.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2013
Really Wicked Spinach Artichoke Dip
Spinach and artichoke dip how it should be, no mayonnaise! Mayo is a cheap replacement for cheese, gross! I've made this recipe as a dip 4 times and as a pasta dish 2x (cook a box of pasta like penne, bowtie or medium shells al dente and mix the artichoke juice into the sauce mix then stir in cooked pasta and bake). For Thanksgiving I bought a nice casserole dish (w/ lid and metal holder) and made this dip and presented it to the host. Everyone loved the idea! I use sour cream as I don't buy GY (I'm learning to make my own), cut down on the pepper, and use 1TBS of Sriracha instead of the red pepper flakes. The small amount of sriracha gives the dish a nice flavor but does not make it spicy, my 2 year old eats it up.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 22, 2013
Best Brownies
I've made this recipe a dozen times, it's a family favorite. I have never made the frosting, it's fine as is. Also, I double the recipe, and use canola oil instead of butter.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 15, 2013

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