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Home Town: Pendleton, Oregon, USA
Living In: Dumfries, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music
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Straw Wreath
About this Cook
I grew up loving to bake and cook, but really never had a good, cook-friendly kitchen to cook in until we moved into our house a few years ago. Now I'm always shooing my bf out of the way so I can make something else. I'm a bit of an off the wall cook--I like to experiment and try new things, but I have a pretty good idea of what I do and don't like, and I'll sub if I don't have the ingredients. I hate making extra trips to the store! Plus, with the bf's Costco obsession it makes more sense to sub things! I love the reviews on here--let's me record things to remind me what I've done. I tend not to read recipes (not really on purpose, I just have a short attention span) and usually do my own little twist. I will rate things 5*s if I loved it and would make it again without changes, 4*s if I would make it again with changes, and 3*s if I would not make it again unless I changed it a lot.
My favorite things to cook
Baking is probably my favorite. I like cookies and sweet breads (like banana bread) and anything I can make with the bread machine. I do Christmas cookie tins every year and this year started ahead of time and put the cookies in the freezer. I don't even know how many I made, but I still have frozen cookies even after Christmas has come and gone! I like making bagels and other shaped breads. I like to cook best on the weekends when I am not tired and have the time, so I make a lot of make ahead meals and freeze them. Especially useful since my bf's favorite place to shop is Costco so I often end up cooking a ton of food and it's just the two of us! So the freezer is my best friend!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom made homemade pizza when we were little and I loved it! She also made a great shepherd's pie. To this day it's the only shepherd's pie I'll eat. Not a cooking tradition, but food tradition: Root Beer Floats on the 4th of July. Love them! Bf and I go to his parents' house for either Christmas or Thanksgiving, and for the other holiday we've started our own holiday dinner. He loves making a huge turkey and eating it the rest of the week!
My cooking triumphs
A banana bread recipe my mother makes that I modified with fantastic success. Almost anything I bring to work. My coworkers are ridiculously easy to please. My AR friends walked me through making rice and it turned out so well! Yippee! Can now cook rice. Now for those cookie cutouts . . . .LOL!
My cooking tragedies
Rice. I can't cook it to save my life. I've also made spinach tortillas that looked wonderful but I don't know if they tasted wonderful because the dog got to them, smashed the plate, and spread the tortillas all over the house. So I'll have to try them again. I once made biscuits and forgot the baking soda. A tragedy, indeed!
Recipe Reviews 1571 reviews
Easy Ham and Swiss Pie Casserole
This is pretty good, and pretty easy, but I have to agree with the comments that there is a bit too little liquid. I adjusted this to make it more like a quiche because I didn't have all the meat and cheese called for--just had crumbled bacon and American Cheese, so I wouldn't have had enough to do this as written with the mix poured on top. However, having said that, I think it would work well with sliced cooked bacon lining the dish as well--I might try that next time, as that is something I'm more likely to have in the house as opposed to all those meats and cheeses. I added another egg and about a 1/2 cup water, then mixed everything together. I did add frozen chopped spinach to the mixture and it baked up well--needed about 10 extra minutes to cook totally. It was eaten at a breakfast I brought it to, but it did take longer to disappear than the other casserole I brought. To be fair, we did have a lot of other food and maybe I scared people with the spinach. ;) Thanks for the recipe!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 23, 2014
Egg and Sausage Casserole
Yummy! And very easy. I didn't add any milk, but did add some water and another egg. I used an 8x8 pan instead of a 9x13 and it took about an hour to cook, and the crescent rolls got pretty dark. Still, it was still pretty tasty. I didn't have the cheeses called for so placed slices of American cheese on top of the crescent rolls, then topped with bacon (no sausage around either). For the cheese in the egg mixture, I used crumbled Boursin cheese. I took this to a work function and it was gobbled up before 10:30 am; the other casserole I made took a bit longer to be eaten. We still had some crescent rolls in the fridge so I made this for breakfast this morning but used 5 eggs and just the American cheese since it's just the two of us. Still delicious, didn't miss the extra cheese, and it needed cooked about 40 minutes until done. I can see using biscuits, or maybe pie crust and getting a similar result. I did pre-bake the crust for about 5 minutes each time, and I wouldn't recommend that with the 8x8 pan full recipe, but it seemed okay, if still somewhat dark, with the 5 egg casserole. Eggs did get under the crust the second time I made it, probably because I didn't press the seams together as well as I could, but it was still tasty and came out of the pan easily. Thanks for the recipe!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 23, 2014
Clone of a Cinnabon
I could've sworn I've made these before but I have no photographic or reviewer proof, so maybe not. I recently used this recipe to make the frosting only (had another recipe for rolls) and the frosting is totally easy and quick--although it helps to think ahead and soften! Makes a good amount, is sweet, and a perfect topping for cinnamon rolls without too much fuss--all in all, a great recipe. I will try to make the rolls another time. Thanks for the recipe!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 23, 2014
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