Lauren Profile - (18622847)

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Home Town: Georgetown, Texas, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
Well, I'm 22 years old and was thrown in a kitchen about two years ago when I married my husband. He can't/won't cook so I had to step up to the plate. McDonalds gets real old after a while. I've gotten much better and continue to learn how to cook new things. The only thing I haven't really had much experience with is veggies since my husband won't eat them (except mashed potatoes). I currently own two cats, Trouble and Evy. Trouble is a HUGE 20 lb cat that was mistreated by his previous owner and is now the biggest cuddle kitty. Evy I got as a kitten and to this day I haven't seen a cuter kitten. They're both 3 years old and love to irritate each other and my husband.
My favorite things to cook
Well, I don't really get to cook anything that I like. I'm normally watching what I cook because my husband is super picky. He refuses to eat fruits and veggies so that cuts out a lot of options.
My favorite family cooking traditions
So far I really don't have any. Being that my husband is in the military there are a lot of guys that miss home cooked meals. I think the closest thing to a tradition right now would be to try and make their favorite meals. They can request anything they want - I try and make it to the best of my ability. So far things have turned out very well.
My cooking triumphs
There are two big triumphs I've had since really diving into cooking. 1.) The first time I made pie crust. I wanted to make a pumpkin pie because it sounded good. I called my mom and asked for her recipe. She told me that I should buy a pie crust just in case. She went on and on about how I shouldn't be too upset if it doesn't come out right. HAH! Perfect pie crusts every time. I even made my pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner and it was considered better than this women's pie (her pie was considered the end-all and be-all of pumpkin pies). 2.) The first, and so far only, time I've roasted a turkey. I called my mother and father for tips because I knew that it was supposed to be hard. I ended up scraping all their tips and went with information found on this site. I brined my turkey the night before and it was the most succulent turkey I've ever had. All my other guests agreed.
My cooking tragedies
The closest thing I had to a "tragedy" was when I was making Christmas dinner for the first time. There was going to be a total of 6-10 guests and there had been requests made for certain things. I started two days in advance prepping all the food (and cleaning the house). I was a wreck. I've decided I need a double oven. I made: a 10 lb. turkey, a 8 lb. ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, spinach dip, 3 pumpkin pies, and watergate salad. The stuffing was pretty bad, the gravy was okay (I had thrown out the neck and saved it by accidentally having a jar of turkey gravy in the back of my cabinet), and the ham was a little dry because I tried cooking it in a too-small crock pot. But, since there was so much food it really didn't seem so bad.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Buffalo Chicken Dip
I am completely addicted to this dip!!! When I first made this recipe it was for a quick snack-like dinner...and then I ended up having it three more times that week! I use Texas Pete hot sauce and tortilla chips, but other than that I follow the recipe exactly. No changes necessary! From now on I will always keep these ingredients on hand for my future cravings. SO GOOD!!!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 23, 2007
Easy Slow Cooker French Dip
I hate to say this, but I was disappointed with this recipe. I wanted so badly for it to be everything that all the ratings said. Perhaps it's just my experience, but the beer was just too overpowering.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 23, 2007
Cajun Chicken Pasta
I've never really been an alfredo fan which is why this looked so appealing. That, and I had the ingredients and wanted something new and different. I'm so glad I tried it!!! Because my husband is the pickiest eater on the planet I had to remove all of the vegetables. I doubled the recipe because leftovers make my life much easier. I did, however, make a mistake and used tbls. instead of tsp. for the cajun seasoning (which explains why it was so much spicier than I expected). Whoops. I didn't quite have three cups of heavy cream so I threw in some half and half. The sauce seemed awfully thin to me so I thickened it with a little cornstarch. Surprisingly my husband still enjoyed it after explicitly telling me he didn't want anything too spicy. I think this one will definitely be showing up frequently on our dinner table.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 5, 2007
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