ATLMICHELLE Profile - (18108692)

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Home Town: Southington, Ohio, USA
Living In: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Member Since: May 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Dessert
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Photography, Wine Tasting
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Favorite Pumpkin Pie
Hotdog Casserole
Easy Mexican Casserole
About this Cook
I work corporate by day and personal chef by night. I love cooking and have been in the kitchen baking and testing recipes since I was a small child standing on a stool next to mom. I have the best taste tester in the world ( my husband ) and we even cook together on occasion. We hope to have our first child by 2013 and then I will have a whole new world of different recipes to try. Meanwhile, we love to travel, fix up our home and watch movies.
My favorite things to cook
I can't think of anything I don't like to cook. I make alot of healthier dishes, especially low carb, but then on the flip side my husband and I will throw theme parties like German night or Mexican night and I'll go all out from the appetizers to dessert. We are big into cooking international dishes, with the exception of sushi . .can't find or afford the quality of fish I would need, so we save that for the restaurants.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make at least 12 to 14 different kinds of cookies every christmas. I give decorated plates or gift baskets of them to family and friends. It started out as something to save money and because I enjoy baking, but now I can never stop because my friends (and co-workers who get the leftovers) would be disappointed to receive real christmas gifts.
My cooking triumphs
My baked goods, especially tall layer cakes. I now have go-to recipes for red velvet, carrot cake, coconut cake and wedding cake. The downside is I'm always the go-to person for family and friends birthday cakes!
My cooking tragedies
I can't make eggplant. No matter what recipe I try, it ends up a gray, mushy, flavorless mess. I've given up on it.
Recipe Reviews 124 reviews
Creamy Hot Cocoa
My husband was craving something creamy and sweet and tried to make one of those cocoa packets, but it was just awful, so I jumped on this site and "creamy hot cocoa" seemed to fit the bill. It took less than 10 minutes to make and was absolutely delicious. I thought it was a tad too sweet, so I will reduce the sugar next time. So glad I found this before Christmas, I shall add it to our rotation of holiday/winter beverages and will never be buying those awful packets again!!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 25, 2012
Jalapeno Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas
The filling I thought was great, but the 28oz of green enchilada sauce combined with the flour tortillas was very slimy. The sauce didn't soak in at all, just sat on top and there was way too much of it. It was fine the first meal, but as leftovers almost turned my stomach. I think I will try this again, but use green salsa instead.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 20, 2012
Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread
It was dry for me. Luckily I served it with homemade whipped cream and my guests thought it was wonderful. I can't tell if I overcooked it because the cake was done when I checked it after only 30 minutes of baking. I was shocked that my knife came out clean...good thing I checked it! Not sure why this recipe states it takes 1 hour to bake, but I guess I should check my oven now to make sure the temperature is correct because mine cooked in literally half the time and probably was done sooner...hence my dry cake.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2011

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