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Renee Marie


Renee Marie
 
Home Town: Fullerton, California, USA
Living In: Lompoc, California, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Indian, Italian
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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The Hornet's Hive
About this Cook
My first adventures in food preparation began when I hit Junior High, and my mom told me that I was on my own for lunches. I wasn't really old enough to shop for myself, so I wound up fabricating some very strange meals.
My favorite things to cook
I like dishes that I can produce from what appears to be nothing at all- things like polenta and cheese soufflé. There's an almost magical quality to those times when somebody is complaining about how there's 'nothing to eat,' and then you suddenly open the oven, and presto! Dinner is served.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma is Italian, so we have these family get-togethers that look like Olive Garden commercials, and eat lasagna along with our turkey at Thanksgiving.
My cooking triumphs
Feeding myself for an entire summer while residing in the middle of nowhere in a motor home, with nothing but a crockpot, a toaster oven and an electric kettle to cook with.
My cooking tragedies
One summer I worked as a park ranger, about twenty miles from the nearest town. During the first week I went to the market to buy some groceries, which included a package of chicken legs. Two days later I made chicken and dumplings, only to discover that the chicken had gone bad- probably due to the 45 minute drive home.
Recipe Reviews 35 reviews
Gingersnaps III
I didn't have any molasses, so I used dark brown sugar for half the white and corn syrup. I imagine molasses would have made them even better. I also added a bit of butter flavoring. The cookies were extremely soft right out of the oven, but they firmed up pretty quickly, and days later they were still as tender as the poster of the recipe promised. (This recipe makes a lot, by the way- they weren't around days later for lack of consumption!) They're perfect seasonal cookies for the colder months. I served them at a gathering, and everybody said they were wonderful- even my husband, who insists that a cookie isn't a cookie unless it has chocolate chips in it.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 9, 2007
Cuban Green Soup
Not having any salt pork, I kind of improvised a bit. I added some crushed garlic, a diced hot pepper, and sliced turkey bacon in with the onion. Then I made a broth of diced tomatoes and water, to which I added a little bit of soy sauce and some hot sauce. The turnip greens were fresh, and I used Great Northern beans. Served with cornmeal muffins this made a full meal- enough to fill my husband up, which is saying something!

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2007
Butterscotch Apple Dumplings
Mmm. Maybe it's just that I only made two of these, but I didn't find the recipe to be difficult or time consuming. I skipped the peeling step, though, and I patted the dough into rounds rather than rolling it out. It yeilds a crispy, biscuit like crust, and a soft, warm apple. (Braeburn, in my case.) I rubbed the cinnamon sugar mix over the inside of the dough before wrapping the apple in it, and used a bit of allspice, rather than nutmeg. I also stuffed them with golden raisins. They would be lovely with vanilla ice cream, but if you haven't got any, a cold glass of milk will do. Incidentally, if you scale it down to two servings like I did, you might want to double the sauce.

18 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 25, 2007
 
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