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Bethany Dasko

Bethany Dasko
Home Town: Snohomish, Washington, USA
Living In: Loveland, Colorado, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Just a mid-20s housewife & mom who loves to cook! I have a husband who doesn't like sweets and I love to bake sweets so sometimes I have to just bake up a storm and give it all away quickly so I don't eat it all :)
My favorite things to cook
I grew up in Germany so I love German food, also love Greek food and I cook a lot of tex-mex here at home. Most of all though, I loooove baking. Cakes, cookies, pies (I've even sold pies to people for thanksigiving), pretzels, biscotti, etc. I have a compulsion to bake so sometimes I just go crazy and bake tons of things at once. I actually dream of having a large kitchen just so I can REALLY go nuts baking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'd say Christimas breakfast is my favorite family food tradition. Cinnamon rolls, kilebasa sausage, eggs, eggnog, OJ, and fruit cocktail. I'll do it all myself but my favorite is when we can spend the holidays with my family and I get to make it all with my mom and my sisters. We each have our own "part" that we do, perfected over the years :)
My cooking triumphs
In general, most of my cooking triumphs are forgotten... I just will throw something to gether and forget what I did, then my husband tells me it's the best ___ he's ever had! One thing I'm proud of is improving upon my mother's traditional cinnamon roll recipe by adding eggnog to the dough, pouring it over the top of the rolls before baking, and making the glaze with nog instead of milk. They are very rich and yummy.
My cooking tragedies
I really would like to master camp cooking - using a dutch oven to make all sorts of treats when we are in the mountains. So far I've only managed to make a slightly warm, raw pot roast with raw veggies (which I then promptly burned trying to cook better) and crusted, burned chili.
Recipe Reviews 28 reviews
No Bake Peanut Butter Pie
Very good! I don't eat Cool Whip so I whipped a pint of heavy whipping cream instead. Rich and delicious! I think the plain whipped cream added a richness without it being too sweet which made it really nice.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2011
Chicken Andouille Gumbo
Best gumbo we ever had. Thank you for a nice hearty filling dinner! Will be adding this recipe to the rotation. Only changes I made was I don't care for the taste of boiled chicken so I pan-fried chicken quarters in some bacon grease. I them used the combined bacon grease and rendered chicken fat to make the roux, which also helped me reclaim the browned bits. I did add about a half pound of shrimp and so I've saved the bones and shells from the shrimp to make stock for the next time I make gumbo.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 30, 2011
Focaccia Bread
This bread turned out awesome. I used it to make BLTA sandwiches for dinner and so I formed a longer and more oblong loaf. It rose up just right for a nice hearty sandwich. This will definitely be my quick go-to side bread and sandwich bread recipe.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 9, 2011
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