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Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Healthy, Kids
Hobbies: Knitting
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About this Cook
I'm in my early thirties and I have 4 little mouths to feed, plus one on the way. It's about time I mastered this cooking thing, as everyone's survival and happiness seems dependent on me. I love raising my family and am lucky to be homeschooling so we can spend lots of time together. I haven't had a ton of confidence in my cooking, but I'm determined to get over that once and for all! Someday soon I will boldly declare myself an expert.
My favorite things to cook
I love baking brownies from scratch, and I'm working on getting comfortable with dough. I like making comforting foods that leave you craving the leftovers. Anything that can stretch over a few days and leave you feeling stocked. I'm working on gathering those recipes and making them often enough that they become second nature.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite cooking traditions always occurred at my Grandma's house when we visited for Christmas. She had cookies upon cookies, stuffed us all with ham, scalloped potatoes, corn casserole, and her famous apple pie with a side of sliced cheddar. She always honored my request for a "pink cake with pink icing" for my birthday which is three days after Christmas. And she made the best Cherry Dessert ever.
My cooking triumphs
I've used the recipes from The Best Recipe (by the editors of Cooks Illustrated Magazine) and can create The Best Brownies, Banana Bread that is nice and crusty and rises super tall, and their bake-in-the-oven nachos are perfect. I consider my greatest triumph to be getting over my "I can't cook" hang ups. It's been quite a trial.
My cooking tragedies
I haven't gained that "cooking sense" yet, so the fact that I've "not gotten it" and given up so many times has been the real tragedy. I love because the recipes are tested for me, and the kinks worked out before I am confronted with it. It's those little helpful hints that are really hard to come by when you aren't raised in a kitchen.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Blueberry or Cherry Dessert
My Grandma made this for me when I was a little girl--I especially loved a helping for breakfast, and I always found reason to have 2 squares of my beloved Cherry Dessert. This recipe is identical, except she used 1/2 cup of sugar in the crust. Also, she baked it at 350. In case of confusion, the number of graham crackers is in squares, not rectangles.

16 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 31, 2007
It's Chili by George!!
I made this last night and it was delicious! I used leftover grilled sausage sliced really thin for the meat and only used 1/8 cup chili powder,...just in case. I followed the advice of substituting canned diced tomatoes for the tomato juice--good call. Sprinkled it with sharp cheddar, and loved it this morning for breakfast as well!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 31, 2006

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