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STARRYEYED76


STARRYEYED76
 
Home Town: Boise, Idaho, USA
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About this Cook
I grew up in a household with a father who used to cook wonderful gourmet meals. Food has always been an important part of my life. I cook because I love it! I love experimenting with different ingredients and personalizing recipes to make them my own. I also cook as a way to show love to those I care for. Nothing brings people together like a wonderful home cooked meal, a nice bottle of wine, and great conversation.
My favorite things to cook
DESSERTS!!! I love to create anything sweet. Anything with chocolate can get me to at least try the recipe once : )
My favorite family cooking traditions
On New Year's Day, my mother would always make a huge pot of black-eyed peas. In the pot, she would "hide" a dime. The tradition was that whoever found the dime in their serving of black-eyed peas would have good luck for that year.
My cooking triumphs
I successfully made my first "real" cheesecake this past Christmas (move over Jello No-Bake!). I made a scrumptious Pumpkin Cheesecake using a recipe from this site. Although it did not completely set up in the middle, it was SO incredibly delicious!
My cooking tragedies
The first time I had Thanksgiving at my house and decided to make sweet potatoes. I peeled them and cut them up, and then just popped them in the oven. Even after 45 minutes of baking, they were still hard! I learned after that experience that it is best to boil them before putting them in the oven. Now, I always get rave reviews of my sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving!
Recipe Reviews 12 reviews
Apple Raisin French Toast Strata
I made this for Christmas Eve morning brunch and it was a bit hit with my crowd. I did make the following changes and it turned out perfect: used 6 eggs instead of 8, only 2 cups of half-and-half, 2 medium sized Granny Smith apples sprinkled with cinnamon and suger after layering them, and spread the cream cheese (softened) on the bread before cubing it. I did mix it up the night before, but made sure that I really pushed the all the bread down under the plastic wrap so that all of the bread got some of the batter on it before putting it in the refrigerator. In the morning, I cooked it at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Everyone loved it, including my sister's picky boyfriend, and my boyfriend even had 2 helpings (he's not a big eater normally). We paired it with a potato casserole that my boyfriend's brother and wife brought and bacon and had plenty for our crowd of 6 adults and 6 kids. This would also be a good base for other kinds of fruit when in season. Some we came up with were blueberries, peaches, and pears.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 29, 2007
Banana Pudding III
This recipe is so good and so easy!! A note: DO NOT use Cool Whip to replace the whipped heavy cream. The reason is because it is sweetened and this recipe is already sweet enough. The whipped heavy cream helps balance out the sweetness of the sweetened condensed milk and the pudding. Also, the lemon juice that is used to dip the bananas in does not add a lemon flavor it is just to keep the bananas from browning. I substituted french vanilla pudding mix and it turned out very good! ENJOYED THIS RECIPE!!! Thanks for sharing!!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 2, 2005
Curried Chicken with Mango Rice
The chicken came out perfectly and very tasty. The only change I would make is to add curry to the rice as well, but this is personal preference since we love curry! Thanks for sharing!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 13, 2004
 
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