Carrie Profile - (18376209)

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Home Town: Aurora, Illinois, USA
Living In: Hoschton, Georgia, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Walking, Photography, Music
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Thanksgiving 2007
My Wonderful Thanksgiving Turkey!
Broccoli Rice Casserole
Out of this World Turkey Brine
About this Cook
I am 31 years old, and live in the suburbs of Atlanta with my husband. I like to think I'm a pretty good cook, because my husband always seems to really like whatever I make!
My favorite things to cook
I'm a pretty picky eater, so it can be difficult to find recipes that have ingredients that I'll actually eat. I don't mind cooking things that I wouldn't eat for other people and I get a lot of those ideas from this website. I enjoy comfort foods like casseroles and pastas. I also really enjoy doing all kinds of baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, my mother and I would always do a lot of holiday baking. That's really about it. She was a single mother that worked a lot of nights, so that left me with a babysitter who didn't know how to cook. When I got old enough to watch myself, it was always macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper or something easy to throw together. When my husband and I start having children, I really want to have them involved in the kitchen. I've always enjoyed cooking and baking with my nieces and nephews, and can't wait to have that experience all the time with my own.
My cooking triumphs
This past Thanksgiving (2007) was probably my only triumph! It was our first Thanksgiving as husband and wife, and my in-laws came and spent the weekend with us. I had never cooked a turkey before, so I was a little nervous. I wasn't really sure what else to cook, so I made a TON of sides. Everything turned out so great, and everyone was so impressed!
My cooking tragedies
I was making a chocolate cake with peanut butter chips and peanut butter cream cheese frosting for a baking contest at out company Christmas dinner. It was coming along great, and couldn't have been better! I went to put chocolate shavings on the cake for decoration, and after I was finished I realized I had dusted the entire cake with unsweetened chocolate! The shavings were literally all over the cake, and I knew people would spit it out right away. Since I had put the shavings on after the frosting had hardened, I got a hairdyer out and blew the cake with the cool setting to get most of it off. Then I used a damp towel to sponge up whatever was left. It must have worked, because everyone at the party gobbled the cake up before the judges had a chance to judge it. I've learned my lesson to double check my ingredients before I start making anything!!
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Yummy Yam Casserole
Very good! I used canned yams to save time, and it still turned out great. I will definitely make this again.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2007
Out of this World Turkey Brine
This was my first Thanksgiving, and I have never cooked a turkey before. I didn't even know what "brining" was until the day before Thanksgiving! I followed the recipe, but left out the garlic and we only let it set for about 14 hours since we had decided at the last minute to try it. It was fantastic!! The turkey cooked a lot faster than I had planned (10 pound turkey took 3 hours, instead of the recommended 4). And the meat was so tender, it was just falling off the bone - no need to carve at all!! This was so easy to do, and the results are great - you would be silly not to do it!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2007
Broccoli Rice Casserole
I'm not a fan of broccoli at all, but this was actually pretty good. My aunt makes a great broccoli casserole, and it's the only way I will ever eat broccoli. This isn't quite the same as hers (I'll have to get her recipe and post it here!), but it was pretty darn good! I did substitue cream of celery soup for the cream of mushroom soup, and used 1 celery stalk.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 30, 2006

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