Amanda Profile - (18614923)

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Home Town: Swanton, Ohio, USA
Living In: Toledo, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Italian, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Reading Books, Charity Work
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Kitties Checkin' Out the Fridge
Grandma's Gingersnap Cookies
About this Cook
I am a 25 year old graduate student, mental health worker, and recent newlywed, so I am really looking forward to May when I graduate and hopefully have more time to cook! I love spending time with my family, friends, and two cats, Mikey and Bella. I hope that my husband and I are able to buy a house in the next two years so I can have a bigger kitchen and a yard to finally have my own garden and flower bed in.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite by far is baking, especially cookies and other sweets. I also went through a phase in high school when I learned how to bake homemade bread. Although I do not have the opportunity to do this as much as I used to, baking bread really calms and focuses me... and fresh baked bread is a great food to share with friends and family, too!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is one of those that cures all of your ills with food. I remember going to my grandmother's when I was little, and whether happy or sad, a cookie was always the response-- usually chocolate chip. This is the memory that all of my cousins have as well. Now that I'm an adult, my parents always make my favorite comfort foods when things are rough for me- cheesy potatoes, peanut butter pie, mac and cheese, the list could go on and on. And of course, food is part of every holiday, with each family member bringing his or her own special dish.
My cooking triumphs
I think my biggest triumphs have been mastering cheesecake and homemade bread; however, I feel triumphant every time someone enjoys my cooking, especially my husband. He's actually fairly easy to please, but regardless, I love hearing his words of praise after his second or third helping of what I've prepared.
My cooking tragedies
There was a bad incident with sourdough bread once... hard as a brick and flavorless. As a result, I haven't attempted sourdough since and don't hestitate to buy store-bought if I'm hungry for it. In addition, I can think of at least ten different times that I have managed to spill either flour or some other terribly powdery and messy substance all over the kitchen. I always attribute it to being an overly enthusiastic cook!
Recipe Reviews 31 reviews
Zucchini Alfredo
Quick and delicious! I doubled the milk and cream cheese (I bought low fat), added green onion and crushed red pepper. I really enjoyed it!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 14, 2011
Broccoli Chicken Roli
My husband LOVED this, I liked it but I thought it would be better w/ sour cream or creamed cheese instead of the mayo. I omitted the green pepper, and cooked frozen broccoli and fresh onion w/ the chicken so it would be cooked through well. I think the crescent roll wreath would be a great base for chicken fajita mixture, or a breakfast dish w/ scrambled eggs, cheese and crumbled bacon.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 16, 2011
Spinach and Potato Frittata
I added a chopped tomato and served this for brunch- was delicious!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 28, 2010
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