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Living In: Lockport, New York, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2000
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Photography
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Recipe Reviews 33 reviews
Delicious Ham and Potato Soup
It was GOOD potato soup, but I don't understand what all the five stars is for. If you want potato soup, go ahead and make this one but it's nothing I'd say you HAVE to try. I do a lot of cooking, and I guess for me, it was a little bland. I wasn't crazy about the texture either, kind of thin with cubed potatoes! I hit it with my immersion blender for a few seconds and that helped a lot. Hubby really liked it!

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Reviewed On: Jan. 5, 2014
Cranberry Orange Cookies
Like everyone else, I thought these cookies were very good. I read the reviews before I started and took the advice of "Brooke Salt" and added 1 1/2 teaspoons of orange zest, cut fresh cranberries in half, addded 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract and I used slivered almonds instead of walnuts. After baking the first tray, I found out "Loves Cheese" was also right! The first tray flatted out too much unless you like really, really, thin cookies. I had the next batch ready to go in the oven and threw them back in the bowl and added about a half cup more of flour. The next thing I saw she was right about, was baking at 350 instead of 375. I am selling mine on cookie trays and don't want dark brown edges! If you like dark brown edges, bake at 375! They were sweet and didn't need frosting, but since they were going on cookie trays, I felt they needed to be dressed up a little and didn't want the added sweetness so I melted some white chocolate and drizzled on top. Now, all that being said, isn't it amazing that over 300 people rated this cookie, most of them with 5 stars and so many of us still find fault with it? :)

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Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2010
Marshmallow Fondant
I was a little worried about attempting fondant for the first time but read a lot of the reviews and decided this was the one to try. I was right! I was amazed at how easy it really was. I used the mini marshmallows, popped them in my microwave for 1 minute and stirred. Then I added clear vanilla and water and put it in my Kitchen Aid mixer using the dough hook. I added the confectioners suger little by little just as the directions said and that was it! I never even needed any butter. I don't think I would have wanted to attempt it without the Kitchen Aid mixer. I also had a countertop silpat and teflon coated rolling pin. From what I've read, I'm sure these items made it much easier! I made a three tier cake and made three batches of fondant. The white layer was a breeze. For some reason, the batches that had color, were a little more difficult to work with. Maybe it was me, but I got though it. I had a little trouble with sticking and tearing when I tried to lift it up, even with the silpat. I can't imagine what it would be like without one! I read it was better to use cornstarch and when I tried that, it worked! I also had a black layer and didn't like the white sugar or cornstarch showing on it and read to go over it with a little crisco and that worked perfectly! All in all, it was a success and I had tons of compliments! Would definately do it again.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 13, 2010
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