KRISTA80 Profile - (18364757)

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Living In: Melbourne, Florida, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books
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With piped "Chocolate Powdered Sugar Frosting"
Enjoying the ocean view from a Florida lighthouse!
About this Cook
I'm a reference librarian living on the space coast of Florida. For me, cooking is a hobby and a pleasure. I've been blessed with a wonderful husband who is willing to try anything that I attempt to cook! I confess to having an addiction to reading cookbooks -- although, when it comes right down to it, I most often do my cooking from AllRecipes. I've found the reviews to be amazingly valuable, and the huge variety of recipes never ceases to astound me.
My favorite things to cook
I really love using my slow cooker and making comfort food like casseroles and desserts. I also have a small herb garden in my backyard, and I've been working on learning how to cook with fresh herbs.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I can't remember a time in my life when I haven't been cooking. My mother and grandmothers were always wonderful about including me in the cooking process, even when I was very young. I don't have children of my own yet, but if I am blessed with them some day, I want to carry on those teaching, loving kinds of moments.
My cooking triumphs
I'm always thrilled when we have just a couple of close friends over for dinner and everything turns out just right. While I try not to be big-headed, it always feels nice to be complimented on your cooking.
My cooking tragedies
Never cook in the semi-dark, and try not to cook when you've got a head cold that takes away your sense of smell -- I once put liquid smoke in a recipe for a lime Jell-O salad. I meant to use vanilla instead, of course. Lesson learned. Read the label. :)
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
A great cookie! I didn't have a mini muffin pan, so I rolled the dough into balls and just baked them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I also rolled the balls in white sugar before baking. If you're packing these to take somewhere, you might want to stick them in the fridge overnight first ... the peanut butter cups don't firm up enough for packing if you just leave them out.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2007
Molasses Sugar Cookies
A really yummy cookie! 7 minutes was long enough for baking time. I also used parchment paper on my cookie sheets, which kept the bottoms looking nice. Thanks for sharing!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2007
Get a Husband Brunswick Stew
This is pretty good. The yield sounded enormous to me, so I cut everything by a third, and that was plenty for me and my husband for more than two meals. I used just the pork and left out the other meats, since that's what I had on hand. The creamed corn seemed a little strange to me ... next time I'd use frozen. I probably also didn't sautee the celery long enough. It was still slightly crunchy in the finished stew, which was a little weird for Brunswick stew. Anyway, the title of the recipe has some merit -- my husband liked this a lot more than I did. I made some southern-style cornbread as a sidedish, and that was a nice touch.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2007

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