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Home Town: Valrico, Florida, USA
Living In: Neunkirchen Am Potzberg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Member Since: Mar. 2004
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I am a full time stay at home mom with a toddler & a kindergartener. I like to create meals that are fun, quick, easy, HEALTHY for my family...I love to have fun in the kitchen, and hate it when cooking becomes a chore!
My favorite things to cook
I love recipes that LOOK very difficult, but end up being very easy. Or when I try simple recipes that turn out to be a big hit...or easily adaptable so the same idea can be used for fish, chicken, or beef.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We used to make breakfast pizza on Christmas morning. But my husband and I decided we wanted our very own tradition. Now we get bagels, lax, cream cheese, jelly, & deli meat & is similar to a holiday breakfast his mother's Dutch family used to have. I also make Dutch Babies.
My cooking triumphs
Winning over my husband with what he calls "rabbit food". If my husband gives me a look of disbelief or even disgust when I tell him what we're having for dinner, or when I mention it's healthy...and then it turns out he REALLY enjoys it...Those are the BEST triumphs for me.
My cooking tragedies
Blackened Cracker Candy. I got a recipe off of an unfamiliar site on the internet...and had to call up a friend in Texas to give me his recipe to re-do it.
Recipe Reviews 22 reviews
Cinnabon(R) Cupcakes
I thought the recipe was great...feels kind of complicated, though...but I can't really see another way to shorten the process. For those with brown sugar/butter issues : it takes several minutes. It's not an instant reaction. You need to stir longer than 2 minutes. I have made syrups & caramel enough to know it will eventually dissolve...and I don't keep my heat too high to prevent burning. It goes from okay to not okay really fast.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 19, 2013
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Bacon and Hash Browns
I followed the directions to a T. 12 hours after first turning it on - I still had crunchy peas. I added more liquid (though that didn't seem to really be an issue in the first place, but I thought it might help), and another 12 hours go by - CRUNCHY PEAS. I've turned the heat up on the crockpot to high, b/c I think that might be the only way to fix it. I don't want to waste the ingredients by throwing it out. It's useless as it is now, though. I had been keeping it on low b/c it was not being supervised (first, away from the house for 8 hours, then overnight while we slept). Now that I'll be home to watch it all day, I will see if high helps. If not - I may have to change my review to 1 star. I only gave it 2 so far b/c the flavor & idea of the soup is okay - the problem was execution.

28 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 27, 2012
Winter Root Vegetable Soup
This has a good flavor and I like the combination of veggies. Some problems I ran into: Butternut squash roasts to fork tender much more quickly than some of the other things being roasted! So, by the time I had everything soft, some of the veggies had begun to crisp & brown! Once I started to puree, it became more "mashed veggie" consistency than soup. I added more broth, ran out of veggie broth...and moved on to chicken broth! Maybe I had more veggies than called for? I dislike amounts like "3 carrots" instead of 3 ounces, or 2 cups. The carrots I grabbed were the smallest in the bag, but still larger than others I've bought (farmer's market veggies vs. store veggies?)! My sweet potato was kind of large, b/c the alternative was 2 very small ones & I thought the big one looked nicer on the outside. So, maybe I had too many veggies, in the end I just added more liquid to help boost it...but I do think this could use some more herbs.

19 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 21, 2010

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