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M. Stoffel


M. Stoffel
 
Home Town: Allenton, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Germantown, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Needlepoint, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music
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Me!
About this Cook
I work as a medical laboratory scientist for a couple of the Milwaukee area health care organizations.
My favorite things to cook
What I cook is dictated by my schedule. When I'm working I love slow cooker recipes and things that come together quickly on the stove. When I'm off and have the time I enjoy cooking more complicated dishes and even baking (which I'm still getting good at). Due to dietary restrictions (gastric bypass in 2006) I lean towards lean protein, whole wheat, and fresh veggies and sub healthier ingredients in when I can. I'm usually in charge of the cooking and my husband the cleanup, but when time allows we love to cook together.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom did a great job teaching me the cooking basics early on, and I still rely on some of her staple recipes - my mom is cooking tradition for me. On Christmas night we all sit down to a prime rib roast feast, with all the trimmings. My husband and I cook seafood for Christmas eve, and one of my favorite summer traditions is grilling out with him on our deck. Lots of meat, tasty sides and cold drinks - perfection.
My cooking triumphs
I'm just happy cooking has turned from a necessity when I was a poor student to a hobby that I choose to do now. I am pretty proud of how impressed my relatives were with the food when I hosted a Christmas party for all the extended family at 19. They later told my mom they never expected I would have kept up with all the older aunts and cousins in the family in terms of food quantity and quality. Hah!
My cooking tragedies
I was making a black forest torte back at home to surprise my mom with, and I didn't want to wait for the cake layers to cool completely before adding the cool-whip topping and cherries. The whole double-layer dessert came sliding down, all over the plate and into the fridge. Ever since I've always let the cakes sit hours before frosting. Or try to... there is an incident dubbed "The Chocolate Moat Cake" that happened much more recently than I care to admit.
Recipe Reviews 376 reviews
Peanut Butter Bars I
I really appreciated the reviews that pointed out natural peanut butter doesn't set up as well as "regular". Mine too are delicious but soft, so now I know why :) I think when I make these again (still using natural) I will make sure it's a generous 2 cups super finely crushed graham crumbs. I may try to reduce the butter but as written, this is really the perfect flavor. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 11, 2014
Curry Stand Chicken Tikka Masala Sauce
This is the most amazing recipe. Not only is it perfect chicken Tikka Masala, but the spice mixture in the first part is delicious! I make up large amounts of it, mix, then store as my go-to curry powder/garam masala/Indian-style seasoning. As you can probably tell I am no expert on the cuisine, but it really works in all of my Indian dishes. I made a few small subs in the recipe (butter not clarified, tomato paste diluted with water for the sauce) but no changes needed for a flawless dish. Thank you so much for sharing, I use this recipe all the time!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 11, 2014
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
I made this for my mom for mothers day, she loved it. I halved the recipe and fit it in an 8x8 baking dish. I did not top with nuts or any other candy, just the toppings were perfect for us. I'd love to try it with peanuts in the future and try and rip off a DQ Peanut Buster Parfait though :) Thanks so much for sharing.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 11, 2014
 
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