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Stephanie S

Stephanie S
Home Town: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Living In: Portland, Oregon, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Vegan Pumpkin Tart
Chicken broth
About this Cook
Hi! I absolutely love cooking. Its been one of my very favorite things to do for years. I love that we are what we eat and I try to prepare my meals with love and care.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook soups and stews. I also enjoy holiday meals and have been known to cook "Thanksgiving dinner" all year round. I like learning to cook new ethnic meals and want to learn more about baking and desserts. I guess my very favorite thing to do though, is take comfort food and improve upon it...add higher quality ingredients and make it kind of fancy yet obviously still comfort food. :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Birthdays at my Grandmother's were always a treat because she would always make her spaghetti and meatballs (the absolute best in the world). It was always so hard to smell that delicious sauce simmering on the stove and not be able to eat it yet!! Then we would always have her home-made lemon meringue pie for dessert.
My cooking triumphs
I've prepared amazing holiday meals since I moved out on my own to Portland. It would always be a huge production in the tiny kitchens I've been cursed with. Not enough room in the oven! But somehow it always turned out great.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to count! I'm great at cooking from recipes, but when I try to just create something out of nothing it can easily go one way or the other! There have been times when I've cooked an entire dish only to toss it in the trash because it didn't meet my standards. (all to the dismay of my hungry, salivating boyfriend who was waiting for dinner) This doesn't happen very often because I hate to throw away food, but sometimes I'm just embarrassed to serve it!
Recipe Reviews 42 reviews
Winter Energy Cookies
I replaced the butter w/ half coconut oil & half applesauce, added flaked coconut, used all whole wheat flour, used pumpkin seeds instead of walnuts, and replaced the sugar w/ 1 cup honey. Very tasty.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 2, 2011
Green Velvet Soup
Pretty good soup recipe. I added an extra 1/4 cup split peas and extra broccoli because I didn't have any zucchini. When I ate some the next day I added a couple drops of liquid smoke which added a nice flavor.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 15, 2011
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apples and Bacon
this soup is full of bold, delicious flavors. My boyfriend and I both enjoyed it a lot. I used just one quart of chicken broth instead of 1 and a half. I tripled the curry powder as another reviewer suggested. Oh, and I poured most of the bacon fat out of the pot before adding the onions and other veggies. The fat from 8 slices of bacon was just too much in my opinion.

18 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 11, 2010
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