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ELIZRA


ELIZRA
 
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Living In: Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I'm Jenn Garber, and I love to cook! We recently started changing out diet habits to a healthier lifestyle of cooking and eating. I've been experimenting with using whole grains, and have had pretty good success. We eat a lot of fruit and veggies but I still like to use recipes and mess around making things "healthier" yet tasty.
My favorite things to cook
Oh, I like to bake pies. I started about 8 years ago when I met my husband. I was 17 and the pies were so-so. Now, he likes them better than most others he's had in his life, so I've gotten better! The hard part's the crust. It took me about 5 years, but now I've gotten better at it. I really enjoy making cookies, too, because the ingredients and mixing are such that little hands can easily help so that makes them a perfect thing to bake with my three sons (ages 6, 4 and 2).
My favorite family cooking traditions
I like making pies for my husbands and boy's birthdays. My husband's family doesn't like cake very much, so I've continued the tradition of making a birthday pie for him, and now our boys seem to like pie better than cake, so they get a "birthday pie" too. Every summer since I was 17 I've made a strawberry pie for my husband. This year was the "10th annual strawberry pie!"
My cooking triumphs
A few summer's ago I made rhubarb cobbler. I never saw rhubarb before, so I didn't know what would happen. But, my husband said it was the best he's ever had, and he loves the stuff, so I was happy.
My cooking tragedies
The Christmas I made coconut cream pies. I tried to convert the recipe so I could use cornstarch instead of flour. In my haste (I've become a much calmer, laid back cook since) I DOUBLED the amount of flour in my mind and added that much cornstarch. Well, any good cook knows that you HALF the amount of flour then add that much cornstarch. NEEDLESS TO SAY...rubber. YUCK!
Recipe Reviews 73 reviews
German Chocolate Cake III
Got RAVED reviews at Thanksgiving today!!! This cake is the exact recipe on the back of the Baker's german chocolate box, but this is the filling recipe on the back of the box. I recommend you use it as it makes for more (quite enough) filling: 4 egg yolks 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla 1-1/2 cups sugar 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine 1 pkg. (7 oz.) BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut (about 2-2/3 cups) 1-1/2 cups PLANTERS Chopped Pecans

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2009
Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie
I didn't put any whipped topping or toasted coconut on top. I doubled the recipe--cooked it all at once (as directed) in a big pot on the stove. I used 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup flour mixed as the thickening. I happened to have a can of coconut milk and a can of coconut sugar on hand. I used about 2 cups coconut milk, 2 and 1/2 cups of 2% milk and 1 and 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream (remember, I doubled the recipe). I used 2 cups of coconut sugar. Followed everything else to a "T"! Perfect. People who don't like coconut very much and my husband who normally doen't go for cream pies when there is other stuff around (I made this in addition to about 5 other desserts for thanksgiving) LOVED it. I think the coconut milk and sugar really added to the over all "coconuttyness." ENJOY!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2009
Best Brownies
I wanted to try something different. I will stick to my recipe from the betty crocker cookbook from now on. This one is more cake like and doesn't have the same chewy texture I've come to love. The frosting, however, I had no problems with, but I did not put honey in it. I decided against putting the honey in because I usually don't prefer the taste of honey (almost sickening sweet) in dressings and frosting and such (I do, however love honey in herbal tea and wholewheat baked goods, just so you know). I ended up doubling the recipe and added 2T. of milk (one for each recipe). Good icing; not too sweet that way. I think I'll put it one my favorite stand-by brownie recipe next time.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 1, 2009
 
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