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rookiechef


rookiechef
 
Home Town: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Living In: Murray, Utah, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I have been married for 10 years and have two beautiful kids, ages 5 and 7. I have been a stay-at-home mom now for about a year and a half so I've have more time to experiment with cooking. My husband is from Texas so we love southern-style recipes.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake! I am the person at the party who runs around getting recipes for whatever it is I really liked. I also do most of the cooking at home so I'm always looking for great dinner options. Luckily my 2 kids are pretty good eaters and will eat just about anything I put on their plate. Probably because I've always tried new recipes so they're just used to it! My husband likes to cook as well so he tends to take over the grill on the weekends. And he will also get in the kitchen every now and then and whip up a good meal.
My favorite family cooking traditions
None! My parents had 5 kids and my dad was always at work, so my mom didn't have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen! But even if she did have the time, she would have chosen to spend it in her garden instead of the kitchen. (That's okay--she's passed down raspberry plants and rose bushes instead!) But my mom basically rotated the same meals over and over again. I never knew a steak could taste so good until I went camping with some friends and had one that was cooked medium. Another funny thing--if we were having anything other than chicken or fish for dinner, we were having 'meat' (and it was always well done as mentioned above!). I only remember my mom baking one cookie: applesauce chocolate chip. So the only family cooking traditions we have are the ones passed down from my husbands side of the family. Lots of Christmas cookies (ranger cookies and Ruskie cookies are a favorite!). Perogie and clam chowder on Christmas Eve. And corn bread stuffing for Thanksgiving! Yummy!
My cooking triumphs
When I worked the company hosted an annual Valentine's day bake-off. I won't first place 3 or 4 times in a row--chocolate cream puffs, peanut butter pie, white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. Whew whoo!
My cooking tragedies
I made banana bread and didn't realize that my shortening had gone rancid. I actually tossed out the first loaf and made it a second time before I finally realized! Needless to say, fresh ingredients are a must... There are many more dishes that didn't turn out quite right, but they were all worth it because every now and then I find one that retains a permament place in my recipe box!
Recipe Reviews 133 reviews
Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup
My first time making chicken noodle soup was a big success! This is a great basic recipe. Like most, I adjusted the ingredients a bit. But rather than go through all that, my only suggestion would be that you cook the noodles in the broth like the recipe states. Many reviewers suggest you cook them beforehand then add before serving. But I think cooking them in the broth added so much flavor to the noodles themselves--they could be a meal on their own! UPDATE: My family ate this in 3 days and asked for more. So I am making another batch tonight with the rest of the roast chicken and will always double this recipe in the future!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 30, 2014
Hot Pepper Jelly
I adjusted this recipe, but only because I have a jalapeno plant that has produced a ton of peppers and I don't have any bell peppers in the house. I added 2 cups of jalapeno peppers (chucky cut) into the Cuisinart and finely chopped them. Then I followed the recipe as written. My jelly set up nice and thick and it is oh so hot. Just like we like it! But I will warn others to use this jelly sparingly.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 15, 2013
Chicken Puffs
My kids love these! I always adjust the recipe depending on what I have on hand, but I add the butter and cream cheese as stated. Tonight I added sauteed mushrooms, left out the onions and added garlic salt and swiss cheese. I also always double the batch and the roll the leftover in wax paper (like cookie dough) and then I just slice and put them in the crescent rolls and bake. No thawing involved and a quick meal for busy kids on the run!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 5, 2013
 
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