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Home Town: Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA
Living In: Urbana, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Italian, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Reading Books
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Me and my husband, Richard
About this Cook
I'm a student, mom, and employee, so it's very important that I have recipes that are quick and easy, without sacrificing taste. I've learned to convert almost any meal to a crock pot, but I love being able to take my time to prepare more elaborate meals. I also love grilling over charcoal and cedar, and making recipes up as I go.
My favorite things to cook
Italian and Mexican food; baked sweets, especially those with chocolate; and anything where I have room to experiment!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every year at Christmastime, my dad makes these cookies with peanut butter sandwiched between two Ritz crackers dipped in white chocolate. It's the only way I like white chocolate! My family is Italian, so we make sauces and pasta by hand, including ravioli. I inherited my love of experimenting with food from my Opa, who was always up for something new.
My cooking triumphs
Every year for his birthday, my husband's mom used to make him a three-layer cake with raspberry custard in between the layers. It's ridiculously elaborate, because the cake, custard, and whipped cream used to frost it are all made from scratch. You have to cut the cakes just perfectly, and you have to spread the custard just perfectly, otherwise the whole thing topples over! After five years of being together, I've finally gotten it right! My mother-in-law is a great cook, and to see my husband enjoy my cake as much as he does makes me feel great, even after a few hours of baking!
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Oatmeal Pancakes II
We love this recipe! We've been making it every weekend for about six months now. I add one teaspoon of cinnamon, and always double it to feed our 4-person family. If you want to sneak in a bit more protein, substitute the buttermilk for equal parts greek yogurt and milk. Also, if you're out of buttermilk and do the recommended substitutions, know that using vinegar will bring out a salty taste in the pancakes. I prefer lemon juice. This recipe is a superstar!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 16, 2013
The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
GREAT cookies! The dough is easy to work with, and the shape holds up great in the oven (doesn't spread at all)! They could use a little oomph in the flavor department, though, especially if you're just using a powdered sugar/milk icing. I like the advice given by another reviewer, LeBelleMelange... add the zest of one lemon and it makes these cookies complete winners!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 31, 2013
Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
As a few other reviewers mentioned, wheat flour is not great for dogs (although whole wheat is much better than all-purpose). I've made these a couple of times now, and I like to substitute the flours for ground oats and ground brown rice (equal parts). I just throw the rice and oats in my food processor and let it run for several minutes until they're fine and powdery. They absorb a little more water than the flours, so I also add an extra two tablespoons of peanut butter to help hold them together. These are a great accompaniment to the Christmas treat plates we give out to our pet-loving neighbors!

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2013

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