Jen Profile - (18273947)

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Home Town: Sw Suburbs, Illinois, USA
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Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies
About this Cook
My husband and I live in suburban Chicago. He and I both love to cook. When we started dating, I barely got by making easy mac! Little by little though, I began cooking with him and now it is one of my favorite hobbies. It's come to the point where I've pretty much taken over the kitchen, which is fine by me. I find cooking/baking to be a stress reliever...especially when accompanied with a nice glass of wine :)
My favorite things to cook
I love trying new things so I'm constantly searching for new recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When my husband and I cook together it is usually pork, chicken, or steak on the gril (his department!) plus roasted red potatoes and asparagus, green beans or corn. We take our time and enjoy our evening together.
My cooking triumphs
My father in law is diabetic so last Christmas I searched for a dessert recipe I could make that he could enjoy. I found a bread pudding with whiskey sauce recipe and tried it out. Unfortunately I decided to make this in the evening on Christmas Eve and by that time all the grocery stores were closed. My husband saw a pizza place was still open and was able to get a few rolls of french bread from them. The bread pudding turned out to be a huge hit - everyone loved it and I've been asked to make it a holiday tradition! :)
My cooking tragedies
I cannot cook breaded anything in a pan on the stove. For some reason, it just never works for me. To be honest, I havent spent much time figuring out what I'm doing wrong. I keep trying it though! Dont ask me why...maybe I think one of these times it will just magically turn out. HA! Jokes always on me. Always ends up a disaster - I get frustrated and it takes me forever to clean all mess left in my pan! Ugh
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Sugar-Free Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce
a family favorite at the holidays! I use 5 eggs instead of 3 and add 1 tablespoon of vanilla and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. I use more raisins also, maybe 1 1/2 cup, and mix them in instead of keeping them on the top. bake for 60 minutes at 350 then turn the oven off, crack the door and let it cool inside the oven for a few hours. last time we made the sauce with southern comfort and everyone thought it turned out much better. more subtle.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 13, 2008
White Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies
so good! changes i made: used vanilla instead of brandy and fresh cranberries instead of dried. someone suggested throwing the fresh cranberries in the oven at 250 for 10 minutes or so to soften them up. worked great. i baked the cookies at 375 for 9 minutes. the cookies came out flat and at first i was disappointed but they are awesome! I will definitely make these again and repeat exactly what i did this first time. thanks!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 13, 2008

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