jenathomas Profile - (18146179)

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Living In: Auburn, Washington, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books
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Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Easy Beer Bread Mix
Easy Beer Bread Mix
Savory Montreal Steak Rub
Broccoli and Tortellini Salad
About this Cook
I have an extensive cookbook collection that is getting out of control but I love to learn and try new recipes. I'm constantly watching the food network which drives my husband crazy. I'm in my early 30's and I'm married with no children but have 2 furry kids(cats). Since we don't have a large household it sometimes makes it hard to find recipes where I won't end up with a ton of leftovers so during the week I just make simple meals like salads, chicken breasts or one pot meals. But on the weekends we love to have people over to share a great meal with and we'll go all out with decadent foods and dessert. I've recently started to get more into photography and have really enjoyed taking pictures of the foods that I have made from this site.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts!!!!! -of any kind. I love to bake. Almost every weekend I try a couple of new recipes and then I share the goodies with my friends, extended family or co-workers since it's just my hubby and me.
My cooking triumphs
I guess my baked goods would be my triumphs. I love to get compliments and love to bring a smile to someones face with a sweet treat. I'm often asked to bring goodies to work for staff meetings or during the holidays.
My cooking tragedies
I have had many and it's the worst when you try a new recipe on company and it doesn't quite turn out like you had imagined it would. My most recent one was the lemon pound cake I had made for a dinner with my parents. The rest of the meal was fantastic thankfully but when I went to cut into the cake it was not completely cooked. It sure looked like it from the outside and my toothpick had come out clean but it was definitely not done. Luckily I had some ice cream in the freezer and so we had that instead! :-)
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Easy Beer Bread Mix
My oh my this bread is good!! It's a great savory beer bread. I did not think this bread was very sweet at all even with the amount of brown sugar in it. I'm actually trying to recreate some beer bread that we just recently had in Portland, Oregon at a place called Huber's. Their beer bread was very sweet. So perhaps if I left out the herbs and the onion powder in this recipe and played with the sugar I might come close to theirs. But I did love this bread as is. I made it exactly as the recipe states and used a Red Hook ESB (microbrew) for the beer and it is delicious. I'm making a big pot of chili later today and we're going to eat it with that. Oh and all the butter you pour on top of the bread makes the crust taste soooooo good!!! -Not low fat but I don't tend to bake that way. If I want low fat, I eat a salad. :-)

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 13, 2006
Asparagus with Parmesan Crust
I made this for dinner tonight to go with some Ribeye steaks and the only real variation I made to it was to leave the cheese off for the first 7 minutes and then pull the asparagus out of the oven and put the cheese on and bake for another 4 minutes. This was to keep the cheese from burning. I didn't measure my cheese but I know 1 ounce really isn't that much so I think next time I would add more cheese. I used freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano and most of it melted and then there were only little flecks left to form the "crust". Sprinkling the balsamic on last was a great touch. I love the strong flavor of balsamic with vegetables though so you have to know you like that flavor.

200 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 12, 2006
Broccoli and Tortellini Salad
I made this salad for a BBQ this weekend and everyone really enjoyed it. But I will be experimenting with the dressing a bit. I had added some extra broccili to the salad to stretch it a little farther so I also increased the dressing by another half serving but I did not prepare it exactly as directed. I used 3/4 mayo, 4 and 1/2 tablespoons sugar and 2 and 1/2 tablespoons vinegar. I added that much vinegar trying to give it a kick and it was good but I also didn't give the salad much time to sit in the fridge which might have given the flavors more of chance to develop. But aside from the dressing I loved the combo of ingredients. I blanched the broccoli and onions for a minute or 2 per other reviewers suggestions and that turned out really well. And I used toasted sunflower seeds and golden raisins and added 1 extra slice of bacon. Yum! I will be making this again. I especially liked the addition of the tortellini to make it a little different than the type of broccoli salads I have had in the past.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 31, 2006

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