Brenda Profile - (18454030)

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Living In: Harlan, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Photography, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
According to I am an expert cook. I have always gotten a lot of compliments on my cooking. I have only had cooking lessons in junior high and high school. I think because I enjoy the flavors of food so much that is why I do so well at it. To my family I am an expert..and my daughter is following in my foot steps.As I have gotten older I am getting lazy with my cooking. I am not as adventurous with it.I do save a lot of recipes....
My favorite things to cook
I don't really have a favorite food I like to cook. I have always experimented with trying new recipes.. or make something up as I go along.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For years as our children were growing up, we would have Portugese linguica & sweet bread for Christmas eve. And the other half being Irish we always have corned beef & Irish coffee on St. Patty's day. My side of the family is Hienz 57 and from the south. We loved all the good traditional favorites.
My cooking triumphs
Anything that I didn't burn. I think some of my trimphs was just when I threw some foods together with out a recipe and it tasted great.
My cooking tragedies
I cannot cook a steak! It always taste better when it is cooked by someone else.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Fresh Fig Cake
I never make cakes from scratch, but because I had some fresh figs that needed to be used ASAP I searched for an easy recipe and this is the one I thought sounded easy enough & good tasting....I picked the right one. Didn't have any round cake pans so I used 9X13 glass pan. Baked the same amount of time and came out great. Poked holes in the top of baked cake and then spread the sauce on top. I did add 1/4 cup of walnuts to the top of cake before I put in oven to bake. Very tasty and not to overly sweet. Also used "french vanilla" flavored frozen whipped topping to serve. My husband and I both agreed that this is a keeper recipe.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 3, 2011
Roasted Tomato Salsa I
Mmmmm...I just finished making this salsa & it is delicious, I hope I have some left for my husband when he gets home ; ) I didn't have my veggies close enough to the broiler so it took a while longer to roast. Will make this again. Like most people I did tweak it a little. We have a smoker/griller and I am going to use it for my tomatoes next time to see how much more flavor this recipe will have. I baked cut up tortillas for chips...very good with this salsa. My first review on this site, thank you to all of you that put up your recipes I have used many of them.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 23, 2011
Mom's Brazil Nut Fruitcake
I have had this recipe since the early 90's, a friends mother (could it be the same mom?) made this for Christmas & my husband & I like it so much I got the recipe from her. I have been making it almost every Christmas since. It isn't your "ususal" fruitcake. Love the nuts, the dates and maraschino cherries together. I have frozen it before for a month or so and it was even more moist than after you bake it. If you like fruitcake a little bit, I think you will like this the best. I am headed to my kitchen to make it after I finish this review. :-)

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 18, 2010

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