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happyschmoopies


happyschmoopies
 
Home Town: Sidman, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert
Hobbies: Camping, Reading Books, Music
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Oct. 31, 2013 7:31 pm 
When I found out this month as an Allstar in the Ambassador program we would be working with Ore-Ida it brought a smile to my face because my husband's pet name for me is Tater Tot and I have always loved that term of endearment because it reminds me of those early days when we first started… MORE
 
 
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About this Cook
Growing up I wasn't allowed to do too much cooking in the kitchen. By the time I was out on my own I realized I didn't know how to cook and considered it a chore. Every time I had a dinner party - what should have been fun turned into a stressful event for me. I followed recipes, but, it seemed they never turned out. When I got married , I learned my husband is one of those cooks who never follows a recipe and just seems to "know" what goes together and it turns out wonderful. After watching him, watching all those cooking shows, and this site I suddenly discovered what used to be a chore was now something I loved to do. I found a style of my own and discovered it really is ok to put your own spin on a recipe. My husband used to do most of the cooking and now I cook every night and love it!
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook just about everything. Probably my favorite things though are pasta (so versatile) and desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Most of our family food traditions revolved around holidays. We always had enough food to feed an army and there was always extra plates set out for friends or coworkers that couldn't be with family. I try to continue that tradition today.
My cooking triumphs
I love to bake - particularly cakes! It's very rewarding when someone takes their first bite of something you made and has the "Oh, yum" face! My cooking triumph was being able to master my Father's favorite cake his Mother used to make him - a Lane cake. I now try to make that for him on Christmas or his birthday.
My cooking tragedies
Probably my biggest problem is with red meat. I used to be a vegetarian, so, trying to cook something very basic like a steak or even a hamburger is very difficult for me. I seem to always overcook them and then they are dry, dry, dry. For now - that may have to stay my husband's job!
Recipe Reviews 372 reviews
Cilantro-Lime Yogurt Sauce
I love traditional cilantro cream sauce made with sour cream, so, I thought this lighter version would be a great option. Unfortunately, we did not like it at all. The combination of the Greek yogurt and lime juice was extremely tangy. The recipe does not give a specific measurement for the lime juice, so, it could be that my lime produced more juice than was intended for the recipe. I think I would prefer light sour cream to the Greek yogurt.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2014
Sandy's Cranberry Coffee Cake
I am not typically a big fan of coffee cakes, but, my husband is and also loves cranberries,so, this seemed a win win. I was pleasantly surprised that both my husband and I loved it! The batter is thick, but, velvety which does make it somewhat difficult to spread into a floured pan, so, I probably didn't do it justice trying to layer with the cranberry sauce. It still tasted wonderful though. I think that the glaze is supposed to have 1 tsp. and not 1 tbsp. of almond flavoring. I added about 1/2 tbsp. of flavoring before I realized and it was almost overwhelming. Luckily I stopped at 1/2 tbsp! I also used butter instead of margarine. The cake also took about 48 minutes in my oven to cook, but, ovens do vary so just be sure to test yours to be sure it is cooked. I test mine with a long wooden skewer. The cake was perfectly moist and the cranberry flavor was a nice touch. I will definitely make again.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 13, 2014
Grilled Rosemary Chicken Breasts
This recipe had mixed reviews in my house. I personally thought it was wonderful and had great flavor. My husband thought the rosemary was overwhelming and detracted from the overall taste. I think if you are a fan of rosemary you will love this. Rosemary does have a strong taste, so, if you don't love it - just reduce the amount of rosemary you add to the marinade. The only thing I did different was to broil it instead of grill it. Thanks for the recipe!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 10, 2014
 
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