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Home Town: Shaftsburg, Michigan, USA
Living In: Idaho City, Idaho, USA
Member Since: May 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Biking, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Charity Work
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cranberry hootycreeks & ingredients
About this Cook
Born again, wife/mom/rottie owner. Two boys, 23 and 11. Boise State Univ employee & student.
My favorite things to cook
Wild harvest Idaho game, fish & wild fruit preserves;huckleberries & blackberries. Like to bake bread, seldom have time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Smoked turkey, steak-on-a-stick, no-flour peanutbutter cookies. Gramma Jean's fruit salad. Mayo-basted baked salmon, soy/garlic almonds, Shane's amazing naked barbecued chicken thighs, pineapple-baked beans, Angel biscuits. sourdough pancakes. Clam stuffed mushrooms, green cornbread & elk chili. Guacamole & slow cooker roasted chicken.
My cooking triumphs
Hot smoker pork ribs and turkey. Anything that makes people change their minds about a food prejudice: discover a new deliciousness.
My cooking tragedies
Bread that won't rise. burned peas, over-brined pork loin. ricekrispy treats that never set up (ate them anyway, messy but wicked-good) making chocolate truffles with a five-year old helper (messy but wicked-good.)
Recipe Reviews 32 reviews
Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies
Good (I believe) as written. As always I tinkered w/original. Sub 1/2 C oatmeal flour for 1/2 of ap flour, added 1/2 c peanuts, increased salt to 3/4 t, increased vanilla to 1T. Dirtbiking boys and dads approved. I agree with other positive reviewers that the basic chocolate dough is very well balanced and suitable to infinite variation.

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Reviewed On: May 31, 2014
Balsamic Glazed Carrots
This is awesome, although I agree with many other reviewers; either pre-cook the carrots or be prepared have to cook them in the oil a lot longer than 10 minutes. I like them parboiled in a 1/4 c of water, with 1t ea dried parsley and rosemary. The herbs stick when the carrots are drained and compliment the flavors of balsamic vinegar and sugar. Shallots sauteed in the olive oil added before that sugar, are nice too, if you have them.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 30, 2013
Pumpkin Gingerbread
I love this recipe. Of course, I have messed with it, and will continue to do so. In general however it's good as it is. If you are shooting for greater healthiness, replace the oil with applesauce, and use 20 drops of stevia extract to replace 1 c of sugar. Still bakes up moist and dense, without the extra fat and sugar. If you are a lover of spicy gingerbread increase the ginger to 1 1/2 T and cinnamon up to 1/4 c, add more nutmeg and clove, also a shot of coriander, a bit of mace. As some other reviewers have suggested it can hardly be gingerbread without subbing in molasses for some of the sugar. I've done so with good results, although as long as you use brown sugar the difference is negligible. I plan to try it with a 2/3 c of Chai tea instead of the water this time. Baking time warning, using two loaf pans, it takes much longer to bake than the instruction suggest, almost an hour and a half. Maybe this is just an indictment of my oven's calibration.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 9, 2012
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