shealuna Profile - (18299755)

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Home Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Since January 3, 2004, I've been practicing living a healthy lifestyle. Because of this, I've lost 65 pounds so far! Now I'm trying to expand my cooking abilities, especially by trying healthier recipes or altering existing recipes to be healthier.
My favorite things to cook
I'm a fantastic baker of PIES! Strawberry Rhubarb, blueberry, apple... if it's a fruit pie, I'm a natural. I also love baking quick breads, cookies and so forth. But I'm also trying to expand my horizons by trying new recipes for soups, veggies and so forth.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year for Chrismas my mother always made persimmon Christmas pudding with hard sauce. YUM! My brothers and I would always help her bake gingerbread cookies and springerle cookies, two Christmas favorites! Also, my grandmother has always been a superb cinnamon roll baker. SUPER YUM! These are things I am trying to continue.
My cooking triumphs
Like I said, pies. It's one thing I'm really good at and my family always hopes I'll bring a homemade pie to family gatherings.
My cooking tragedies
Oh, the usual problems overcooking or undercooking things, but the biggest tragedy for me is that I am often afraid to try new recipes or recipes that seem complicated. I tend to stick to things I know I can do well as I fear failure. And that's the biggest tragedy. That's why I love this site. It helps to see other people and their triumphs and tragedies. It encourages me to try new things!
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
The only thing I changed was to add a bit of vanilla and some fresh blueberries to the batter. YUM!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 14, 2009
Delicious Pumpkin Bread
Not the best pumpkin bread I've ever made. It was very sweet. I doubled the spices, so that was good. The texture was good, very moist. But it wasn't very pumpkiny. If I made it again, I would definitely add more pumpkin.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 23, 2008
Mom's Pumpkin Pie
Fantastic! This was incredibly easy to make and tasted absolutely delicious. As other recommended, I increased the spices and only used 1 cup of milk. Turned out perfectly!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 4, 2007

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