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Christine Boutwell Mita


Christine Boutwell Mita
 
Home Town: Hopedale, Massachusetts, USA
Living In: Holden, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Asian, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy
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Jul. 18, 2010 4:30 pm 
Updated: Apr. 27, 2011 4:32 pm
Like many other regional spice blends, the combination we've come to know as Herbs de Provence is not a recipe cast in stone. There are as many variations as there are French cooks. Savory, rosemary and thyme seem to be the constants, but the formula also includes some representatives of the… MORE
 
 
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About this Cook
Between work and family life, cooking is my main creative outlet. I like to experiment and try new cuisines. Here's how I determine my recipe ratings....5 STARS: Love it! Wouldn't change a thing (well, maybe one little teeny tweak or two, because, you know, that's what I do, but nothing that changes the nature of the recipe. 4 STARS: Really good! Maybe needs one or two adjustments to ingredients, seasoning or process, but a really good recipe. 3 STARS: A good recipe, but it either needs something extra or the result is just "good" - not bad, but no "wow" factor either. 2 STARS: As stated, I would not try again, but I usually find inspiration in these recipes - revamped, they could be really good, but it would take a lot of changes. 1 STAR: Would not try again as stated, and I cannot think of a way to transform into something we would like.
My favorite things to cook
Thanksgiving dinner has got to top the list - I love incorporating my family's traditions with my husband's family traditions, then adding our own new ones. As far as day to day cooking, I'm happiest when I'm baking! I like trying new things and although I like meat, I have a tendency to go through vegetarian phases every now and then.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holiday baking, Thanksgiving Dinner are my all-time favorite traditions. I love putting together buffets - it gives me an opportunity to try a variety of recipes.
My cooking triumphs
I had always wanted to do an elaborate wedding cake, so when a good friend's daughter got engaged I offered to do her wedding cake. I was not intimidated at first, BUT they were engaged for 3 years... It went from a 50 person do-it-yourself semi-potluck reception to a 140 person elegant, catered event. I worked on it for 3 days, baking, making the two fillings and batch after batch of Italian Meringue Buttercream. My mixer even burnt out and I had to run out and get a new one at 10:30 P.M. The results? Although I saw some flaws, it really looked lovely and tasted great! It was definitely my most challenging feat in the kitchen, and so far my greatest success!
My cooking tragedies
No major tragedies, but I make the ugliest pie crust in the world, but it tastes good, so I guess that's not a total failure... Oh, I do tend to burn things...I'm usually multi-tasking, so I always forget about something until the smoke detectors start blaring. That's why I married a firefighter, I guess! ;)
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Buttermilk Pancakes II
I think next time I will reduce the buttermilk by just a bit as the batter was a bit thin. I added about an extra 1/2 cup of flour to thicken the batter, and a good teaspoon plus of vanilla. Good recipe! This made about 24 4" - 5" pancakes, so I had plenty left over to freeze!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 27, 2015
Pull-Apart Hot Cross Buns
This is probably the fifth or sixth Hot Cross Buns recipe I have tried, and the ONLY one where the soft, fluffy texture is what I have always tried to achieve. These remind me so much of the hot cross buns I remember as a child - slightly sweet, soft and pillowy, almost like a dinner roll. I know that's not what many people expect from a Hot Cross Bun, but I am so happy I tried this recipe! The one down side was that the dough was actually a bit too moist, so I had to knead in a bit of flour in order to be able to handle it, but other than that these were pretty much foolproof. I used a combination of dried cranberries and dried blueberries, and orange extract in the icing instead of almond. Thanks for sharing!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 5, 2015
Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
These wings were ok - I felt like they were missing something, such as grated ginger or maybe some hot pepper flakes. They were almost a little too sweet and I think they needed something to offset the sweetness. They weren't bad at all, just lacking something.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 31, 2015
 
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