NYTESHADE74 Profile - Allrecipes.com (18095860)

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Home Town: Big Rapids, Michigan, USA
Living In: Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Walking, Photography, Music
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About this Cook
I work in a grocery store currently. It's nice because i have easy access to try new foods and share ideas with customers. It's not where i ever thought i'd end up because i went to college for television production, but i couldn't find a job in my field and since i'd worked in a grocery store through school i knew i'd be able to get hired right away and i've been there ever since.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook almost anything. I'm known around friendsd and family as the 'cookie lady'. I like to bake cookies for holiday gifts and other times throughout the year. I like to make my own pasta sauce and every year we go to the apple orchard and get fresh apples to make applesauce and pies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Both of my parents worked while i was growing up, so i learned from my mom how to make interesting meals fairly quickly. She always had certain items on hand for that reason. On the weekends my dad would often bake bread, pies or brownies. At the holidays my mom, my brother and i would make cookies together. We like all kinds of easy to prepare foods like tacos, casseroles, pasta and stir fry.
My cooking triumphs
The past year i developed my very own cookie recipe based on S'mores. After several trials we found the right combination of ingredients and they turned out awesome.
My cooking tragedies
A while back i tried to make an apple pie. It turned out awful! The crust was burnt, the filling was runny, it was terrible. I got so frusterated i threw the whole thing in the dumpster, including the crappy pie plate i baked it in. The next day my girlfriend took the same recipe, bought a new pie plate and baked the pie and it was perfect. I think it was then that i learned baking needs precise measurements and i don't always have the patience for that.
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Make Ahead French Toast
Tried this recipe last week. Was a bit skeptical as well. I generally don't soak french toast for more than a minute because i don't like it too soft. However, i had some bread slices that were left out and dried and needed to use them up so i figured, French Toast! I mixed the "soak" as directed but since i like it more on the firm side, I only put in 1/2 cup of the milk. I also added a bit of cinnamon. The next day i made the glaze. (again, was skeptical....i mean, i never glazed french toast before) but tried it anyway, baked it and served. Waited for the reactions and well....it was awesome! Definitely making this again!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 12, 2014
Christmas Strawberry Bread
This tasted pretty good. I've never had a strawberry bread before, so this was new for me. I thought the cinnamon seemed excessive, so i only put in 1 teaspoon and the strawberry extract seemed like a lot too, so i only put in 1 teaspoon of that as well. But when i tasted the batter it didn't taste enough like strawberry even with all the fruit in there, so i put in the full 2 tablespoons of extract. However, next time i think i'll just use strawberry jam because by the time you put in all the extract you've just about used up the little bottle. I made the glaze and it tasted pretty good, altho i don't think the bread really needs it, I think it would taste great and stay moist on it's own without the glaze. I also did not get the nice pink color shown in the photo, mine was a light pinky-brown. I also ended up baking it longer than stated because it just wasn't getting done in the middle, i added additional 20 minutes and didn't want it to burn all around the edges so i took it out and after it cooled it fell in the middle and was a bit under baked still. Another reviewer suggested increasing the temperature as well as the bake time, so next time i'll try that. All in all this was pretty good and i'll make it again for friends and family.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 28, 2011
Plain Caramel Apples
Tastes great, but don't put them on wax paper, the apples stick really badly. I don't know how i'm going to package them up and bring them to a harvest dinner tomorrow night.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 5, 2010

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