Jeannette Profile - (18166372)

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Home Town: Old Tappan, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Charity Work
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Butterscotch Oatmeal
St. Patty's Veggie Tray
Turkey Country Captain
About this Cook
I grew up in a cooking household. Today I'm a working Mom with two teens - one at home and one away at college. Lately I've been trying lots of recipes for granola bars - something that ships well and is healthy enough to eat for breakfast.
My favorite things to cook
Baking - because it's not something I do every day - cookies, cakes, cobblers, muffins, and our favorite apricot scones.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making Christmas cookies... also hosting big family holiday dinners. Another fun tradition is New Years' Eve when we make a meal on all appetizers - my kids' favorite dinner because anything goes!
My cooking triumphs
A few years ago I made beef tenderloin for 20 people. The roast cost $80 at the local farmers market and I was terrified of ruining it! It took longer to cook than expected, and dinner was late, but it tasted great and I found it's pretty difficult to wreck such a wonderful cut of beef.
My cooking tragedies
Mistakes happen when I rush. Once while making my favorite chocolate cake (Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate recipe) I forgot to add SUGAR! It didn't rise, started to turn black, and we won't even talk about how it tasted. The kids still tease me about that one.
Recipe Reviews 79 reviews
Favorite Barbecue Chicken
Very sweet. I simmered my sauce much longer on a very low heat and it brought out the onion flavor. With so much sugar it burns easily on the grill. It would be better to brush the chicken with oil, grill and baste with sauce at the end. Will mince the onion and reduce the honey slightly next time.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 20, 2014
Banana Muffins II
With the addition of vanilla and chopped walnuts and baking 22 mins. this is a 5-star. Picked this recipe because muffins are quicker and freeze better than banana bread. As with any muffin recipe the directions should say to mix just until the flour is incorporated, not "mix until smooth."

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Reviewed On: Oct. 19, 2014
Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana
This soup was just what I was hoping it would be. A good quality chicken broth (or homemade) is the key ingredient. I used mild Italian turkey sausage because it's leaner than pork and cooked it together with the onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes to bring out the flavors. Substituted kale for spinach and half & half for cream. If making this soup for the first time you may wish to reduce the red pepper flakes - you can always add more at the end if it's not spicy enough. Next time I'll add some carrot strips at the end for a little color.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2014
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