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Home Town: Great Falls, Montana, USA
Living In: Carroll, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Needlepoint, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake (pies especially.) My favorite thing to cook is anything that makes my husband smile...especially when it is a new recipe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, my favorite family cooking tradition was Christmas cookie and candy making. My mom and I would spend days baking.
My cooking triumphs
My first Thanksgiving Turkey. I had never done Thanksgiving Dinner before this, and when the whole meal was finished, I was so proud!
My cooking tragedies
The first few times cooking on my own! I couldn't even begin to count the times the smoke detector went off!
Recipe Reviews 14 reviews
Apple Strudel Muffins
These were very delicious! I read the other reviews about them not being moist, but I didn't have that problem at all! The strudel topping wasn't you normal was nice and crunchy like a caramalized topping! Yum! My husband and I both loved fact, I ate three of them already this morning!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 31, 2009
Creamy Cheddar Cheese Soup
Yum yum yum! I used one bag of regular cheese (I believe it was a blend of American/CoJack) and one bag Sharp Cheddar, and it had just enough flavor. Also, I added some cubed/ cooked potatoes at the end (after mixing in the cheese) and it gave the soup a nice full texture. I didn't use a blender...I just used a strainer to get the onions out. And next time I make it, I am going to try it with less liquids. It was soupy, for sure, but we usually like our soups more stewy. But either way, the recipe as is tastes wonderful...especially served in breadbowls on a nice chilly autumn evening! Thanks Maureen for a wonderful recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 30, 2009
Cheddar Pennies
I had a little bit of an issue making the dough firm. When I used the butter according to the recipe, the dough was very crumbly. I added another 1/4 C melted butter and it worked fine. Also, it says to chill it if necessary...and it was! What I ended up doing was spliting the dough in half, popping it in the freezer for a few minutes, and then taking it out, wrapping each half in plastic wrap, popped it in again for a few more minutes, and then pulled each one out and rolled it into a penny roll that way. It worked out great. Once they were rolled, I popped them in again for a few minutes to chill, then cut as directed. They baked great, are slightly crumbly, but still really good!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 21, 2009

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