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KaraAnn


KaraAnn
 
Home Town: San Diego, California, USA
Living In: Denton, Texas, USA
Member Since: May 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Dessert
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I am a wife and stay-at-home mom of two adorable sons. I enjoy reading, movies, cooking and baking, music, and baseball.
My favorite things to cook
Cookies, pies, cakes (so basically desserts of all kinds), pasta, bread.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I think the main tradition is my mom's Texas Sheet Cake that she made for us for every birthday. It's THE family cake and every time I eat it I am flooded with memories. For Christmas dinner, we make my dad's Chinese food--fried rice, broccoli beef, cashew chicken, pork lo mein, and potstickers. It's a random tradition, but I love it.
My cooking triumphs
Correctly making the frosting for Texas Sheet cake was a huge triumph for me, I've always ruined it in the past. I think my other main triumph is becoming the family pie lady; I don't like pie, but everyone in my family love my pies.
My cooking tragedies
I ruined the Red Velvet cake I made for mine and my husband's first anniversary --it was a big crumbly mess. I cried! One time when I made a Texas Sheet cake for my friend's birthday, I completely ruined the frosting and no one at it. There was also a time a casserole my roomate and I were making exploded in the oven. That was not a fun mess to clean up. I could go on...
Recipe Reviews 40 reviews
Moroccan Tagine
Wow, this was delicious! I was rather skeptical, but I loved it. If I hadn't made some changes though, I probably would have given it 4 stars (it would've been bland). Aside from cutting up the veggies (dang butternut squash!) it was pretty easy to prepare, too. Like many others, I added some extra seasonings. 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp turmeric, and 1 tsp cumin. I also added a full extra can of chicken broth because my vegetables were barely covered with just one can (I had rather large butternut squash and carrot though). I would probably do extra chicken next time, because the chicken tasted so good.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 16, 2009
Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
Wow, these are so tasty and easy! And cheap! It doesn't get better than that. Even my husband (a serious meat eater who grumbles every time we have a meatless meal) really enjoyed them. I added some cumin and fresh garlic and it was perfect. I think in the future I would cook them in the oven, as others have suggested, because they're kind of hard to make on the stove without making a mess. Will definitely make again!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 9, 2008
Quiche Lorraine II
I was torn between a 4 star rating and a 5 star rating, but since this got RAVE reviews at the baby shower I took it to, I decided to give it a 5. I too decreased the milk to 1 1/3 cup, and it was perfect. Other than that, I didn't change a thing (oh, except how I baked the pie crust...make sure to poke holes in the bottom, then cover it with foil, then weight it down with pie weights or dry beans...otherwise it will puff up and shrink). People at the baby shower were telling me it was the best quiche they had ever had, and when I made one for dinner later that night, my husband and I ate pretty much the whole thing. ourselves. Yum! :)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 6, 2008
 
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