Laura Profile - (18316997)

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Home Town: East Texas, Texas, USA
Living In: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids
Hobbies: Gardening, Photography, Reading Books
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About this Cook
Trying new recipes is what keeps me cooking!
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to eat are sweets, so I like to cook them. But I actually prepare more new entrees because we eat (barely) more dinners than we do sweets!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite cooking traditions go along with the seasons: macaroni and cheese at Thanksgiving; jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese in the summer; cinnamon rolls, breakfast casseroles, and cookies at Christmas; ham at Easter...the list goes on and on!
My cooking triumphs
Any dish I make that makes my husband stop and say, "This is amazing. Can you make this again tomorrow?" is a triumph for me. He's a bit spoiled, so I don't hear it too often; but when I do hear it...makes my day!
My cooking tragedies
I don't consider myself a true chef/cook, meaning I MUST follow a recipe, or tragedies happen. I have two tragedies that stand out. I once made (and served to company) a lemon chicken, that was completely OVERPOWERED by lemon and was disgusting! So sad! The other major goof was a meatloaf where my mother had told me what to put in it, but not the amounts of the ingredients. The meatloaf was overpowered by green bell pepper and was just terrible...not even edible!
Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Maple-Garlic Marinated Pork Tenderloin
My husband loved this. I thought it was too sweet.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 16, 2014
Easy Weeknight Bacon Mac 'n Cheese
We tried this tonight! It was yummy! I used finely diced yellow bell pepper, and put it into the cheese sauce while it was cooking. So when it was cooked for 20 min in the oven and then served, no one could even tell that there was any vegetable in the dish. I cooked thick cut bacon to use in the dish...used about 6 slices, cooked well done and chopped. I cooked the pasta dish for 15 min, then I mixed in the bacon, topped it with Panko and parmesan cheese, and broiled it for 3-4 min, until lightly brown and crunchy. The Progresso starter is a new product, I think, b/c I had trouble finding it in the grocery store. I had to ask for help from an employee to find it, and I know my store pretty well!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 5, 2012
Deep-Dish Cast Iron Pizza
I made two of these pizzas. On the first one, I used the full amount of dough in my large cast iron skillet. On the second pizza, I used about 2/3 of the dough. I found that both pizzas had too much dough for our tastes. I will make it again, but make two pizzas with one recipe of the dough, and I believe that we will STILL have deep dish pizzas. The taste is good; I love the texture that the cast iron brings to the crust. Good just have to love a tremendous amount of crust/dough in order for this recipe to be exactly for you! Ours turned out way thicker than the picture shown. I will try to upload the picture of our first pizza. Thx for the recipe!

28 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 11, 2012

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