Kristen Profile - (18697755)

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Living In: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2005
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Walking, Photography, Music, Genealogy, Charity Work
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First anniversary cake
Christmas cinnamon rolls
Christmas Eve Fondue Party
Jon and Kristen
About this Cook
I'm a recent college graduate and got married just before my last year of college, so I only really started cooking once I got married. Before that, meals consisted of cereal, yogurt, and canned kidney beans. But now I have the time (and a little more incentive now that I'm cooking for two) to learn to cook with balance and variety.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook anything that is as close to a complete meal in itself as you can get: hearty soups, balanced casseroles, or anything that will go over rice. And anything that will freeze well. I have been working on finding recipes that I can use to rotate my emergency food storage supply...that pretty much means dried beans, wheat, rice, or pasta with other stuff that is canned. I also like to try out new cookie recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cinnamon rolls with breakfast on Christmas morning, family Sunday dinners to celebrate birthdays, and barbecues for summer holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Making my very first Thanksgiving dinner with no help from my mom! My husband and I were thousands of miles from home, so we invited several single students over and we made Thanksgiving dinner for them. The turkey and stuffing were magnificent!
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make a steak dinner for my husband to celebrate a special occasion. I had never made steak before and didn't know that if I wanted to cook it in the broiler I had to sear it first. It was so tough that it didn't matter how long you chewed it, it just never softened up!
Recipe Reviews 43 reviews
Easy Portuguese Kale Soup
I was recently introduced to kale and wanted to find more ways to use it. This was a great way to incorporate it into a soup! I did make some substitutions/omissions based on what I had. I used fresh kielbasa instead of the smoked, fully cooked kind because I was out (I think mild Italian sausage would probably also be great), and I also was out of potatoes. I sauteed the onions and sausage in the oil, then added the carrots, and then the kale, before finally putting in the broth. Once that came to a boil I added the macaroni and garlic (without letting it simmer 45 minutes), which was cooked in about 9 minutes, and lastly I added the beans. So it ended up being a quick, delicious, nutritious soup, and my husband raved about it all evening. We forgot about the parmesan, but I'd like to try that on it next time.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 9, 2013
LIZZY217's Lamb Gyros
This was absolutely amazing. I didn't use the brandy, and I used flatbreads instead of pita pockets. I think I would also prefer thin strips of lamb instead of chunks, so I will try to do that next time. But overall, it was so, SO delicious.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 21, 2009
Best Strawberry Daiquiri
This was awesome. We make it without the alcohol, and we love it!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 28, 2008

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