AdicaArethusa Profile - (18406792)

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Home Town: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Living In: Morehead, Kentucky, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I love making breads and desserts that people in my family don't usually make, such as recipes from different countries. I also like making things that most people just buy in the store instead of making from scratch, such as pickles, jams, and hummus. Any time I find myself really liking a store-bought food or something from a restaurant, I always have to look up everything about the food, like the culture it's from and how one would make it at home. My family loves that I do this too, because I like to test my creations on them, and they really appreciate it. Hee.
My cooking triumphs
I would say the favorite things people like me to make are my baklava, red pepper jelly, pickles, any jam, pineapple upside down cake, and pancakes (but that last one may be that my brother just really, really loves pancakes in general, lol).
My cooking tragedies
I can never make rolled out and cut biscuits. No matter how hard I try, they always come out flat and dense. At first I thought it was because the baking soda and powder my parents had was years after the expiration date, but then I tried again with new stuff, and they were only marginally better. I also have trouble with muffins. They never really come out very fluffy, but I have gotten better at it. UPDATE: I made them once. The next time I made them, they turned out orange (?!). I haven't tried again since then.
Recipe Reviews 56 reviews
Refried Beans Without the Refry
This recipe is awesome! Excellent results with minimal effort! I reduced the salt to about 3 teaspoons, and I added a whole, de-seeded jalapeno. I used the food processor to mash the beans, which made it even easier. I did add about 2-3 teaspoons of safflower oil when I was mashing because I prefer low-fat to fat-free. I froze half of the beans in a quart-sized Mason jar and served the other half in bean burritos. (I also froze the leftover "bean broth" to use as a soup base or to cook rice.) They were very good, but I have to say that the beans tasted best the second day (they didn't make it to a third day...) because sitting in the fridge overnight allowed the spices to stand out more. Next time, I think I will add some more cumin and another jalapeno. Even though I added a whole red jalapeno, I couldn't taste any heat at all. I will definitely make this again! My boyfriend is already requesting a second batch with a reserved jar for him to freeze, since he doesn't have a slowcooker of his own.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 22, 2014
Festive Apple-berry Pie
Everyone loved this pie! I'd definitely make it again! I wasn't paying close enough attention to the directions at first and accidentally added all of the cornstarch to the cranberries. Oops! This made stirring difficult. When I realized my mistake, I added a couple tablespoons of water back into the sauce and sprinkled a teaspoon or two of cornstarch onto the apples. I also added some allspice, nutmeg, and cloves to the apples. It turned out a definite winner. I'm definitely making this next year, too.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2013
Rosemary Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls
These were awesome! I used a stand mixer because I'm useless at kneading by hand. I made them for Thanksgiving, but the grocery stores were sold out of fresh rosemary by the time I was able to go shopping. Instead, I crumbled up some dried rosemary and mixed it with the milk and butter while it was heating on the stove so it'd rehydrate. It really incorporated the rosemary flavor throughout the bread. I think I'd do this even with fresh rosemary. Other than that, I followed the recipe. I was only able to get 18 very small rolls out of this recipe, so I would definitely at least double this recipe for a crowd. I'd love to try this with whole wheat flour.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2013
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