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Home Town: Utah, USA
Living In: Utah, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2005
Cooking Level: Not Rated
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Kids, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
Mother of four continually on a quest for interesting and healthy new recipes. I have to work with food allergies and vegetarians for family dinner, so sometimes we have to get a little creative around here. Or boring. One of those.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try new foods, but am currently questing for healthier fare, particularly vegetarian dishes or those including healthy grains such as quinoa. Really enjoying various Asian foods right now...
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes the most wonderful Southern dressing on Thanksgiving (I really can't stand any other kind) and on Christmas it's not dinner (because, really, Santa has about pooped out by then!) but breakfast that is the main meal of the day. We have Cinnamon Syrup and Apple French Toast that may very well be the highlight of my husband's year! Thanks to large family dinners every Sunday, I am proud to announce that I can now cook for 30+ people without breaking a sweat (well, based on the season...)
My cooking triumphs
Either there aren't any or my memory is truly shot. Possibly both! No really, I make a pretty mean eclair cake and have turned into a real soup expert. I never thought I would be one of those people who just throws something together without a recipe, but now I have difficulty sticking to one! Does anyone ever actually read these things? Why am I putting all of this on here?
My cooking tragedies
Sadly, they are too numerous to list with a 1000 character maximum, but I am continually improving. It's funny how turning into a SAHM forces you to learn to cook. I owe a lot to my first guinea pig, my husband Dave. He is a brave, brave man who will stoically eat anything. Unfortunately, the kids are much more vocal critics.
Recipe Reviews 76 reviews
Pastry Cream
Classic-this is my go to recipe for basic vanilla pudding and pastry cream. The vanilla bean is a bonus, but not totally necessary, you can use vanilla extract if you would like.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2012
Easy Garlic Broiled Chicken
I made this exactly as directed with the exception of using skinless thighs; it was quick, easy, and delicious! The kids loved it and asked that I make it "tomorrow and the next day and the day after that!" I didn't have any problems with smoking, but I laid the thighs out flat on the dish and flipped them several times during cooking, so no one spot was left undisturbed to burn. It's not the healthiest dish, but it will still be making my regular rotation.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 14, 2012
French Dip Sandwiches
This is quite good as written, but after making it a few times I think I've figured out how to make it perfect! First, rub the roast with garlic salt (or onion salt) and black pepper. Then brown it well in a heavy pan before placing in the slow cooker. Deglaze the pan with the boullion mixture and scrape all the bits into the crock pot. Use only 1/2 teaspoon rosemary. Also, I'm usually getting this in a little late, so I cook it on high for a couple of hours before setting it to low. Finally, use a fat separator to remove the grease from the broth. We were trying to move to more meatless meals, but this is still making it into our rotation at least twice a month. It's so totally worth it!

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 3, 2011

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