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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 352 reviews
Deluxe Waffles
I am on the hunt for the perfect waffle recipe and I thought I would give this a try. I made exactly as the recipe stated, but, I added 1 tsp. of vanilla. I think the addition of the folded egg whites made for a light waffle which I liked very much. I also think the flavor was very good. The only problem I had was the waffle was not crispy. I think to be a great waffle you have to have a crispy outside. Good, but, not great. Probably won't make again...guess I am still on the hunt for the elusive perfect waffle.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 20, 2014
Lemon Cake in a Mug
This did not work at all for me. I wasn't expecting a light fluffy cake considering the cooking method, but, this was heavy and not a great texture. The flavor was not particularly very lemony either. You did get a nice lemon tang from the syrup, but, once it was gone - you were just left with a dense cake. It also made a really big cup of cake. I will not be making this again.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 11, 2014
Chicken Cheddar and Guacamole Burgers
This is the first time I have used ground chicken in a burger without the addition of another protein added to it. We LOVED these! They were juicy & all the flavors worked perfectly together! I made them as sliders instead of full sized hamburgers and cooked them in a heavy skillet, but, other than that made exactly as the recipe stated. Huge hit with my family and I will be making these again.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 8, 2014
 
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