MEHUNGRY98 Profile - (18819296)

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Home Town: Newark, Ohio, USA
Living In: Kent, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Quilting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books
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Taco Casserole
Hubby and I in Hawaii, December 2003
About this Cook
I'm a stay-at-home mommy living in NE Ohio. I've been cooking for a couple of years, since I've been married, and I love it! I do almost all of the cooking in our home. My mom was a great cook and even when she was taking night classes to complete her master's degree she put together a well balanced dinner every night (meat, vegetable, starch, bread). It's important to me to carry on this tradition with my husband, which means that some nights we eat dinner VERY late :) Now I have a new baby (born in October, 2007) so that presents new challenges! She always decides she's hungry right when we sit down to eat! :)
My favorite things to cook
I love baking and making breads and muffins. I have gotten away from using my bread machine and have found that working with bread dough can be a great stress reliever (though if I'm feeling lazy I use my KitchenAid Mixer :)) We also eat a lot of chicken - in the summer we have grilled chicken with oven french fries probably 4-5 nights/week!
My favorite family cooking traditions
It's not so much cooking as the lack there-of. My family always has "snack dinner" on Christmas Eve. We get home from church and pull out the crackers, summer sausage, cheese, fruit, dips that my mom makes ("blow-fish", a cheeseball, and cinnamon apple dip), and of course Christmas cookies. It's a tradition that we eat snack dinner and watch a Christmas movie - probably my favorite dinner of the year :)
My cooking triumphs
I have perfected a lowfat, low(er) sugar, and egg free chocolate chip cookie recipe - it's not tough, puffy, or flavorless! - a triumph that my waistline can appreciate :) Watch for it on this website!
My cooking tragedies
I have never mastered cooking on a charcoal grill. My food always ends up either practically raw or tasting like lighter fluid. I also can't cook regular rice. I follow the recipe exactly and it ends up either burned to the bottom of the pan or crunchy. Many a dinner has been thrown away due to crunchy, burned rice :P
Recipe Reviews 95 reviews
Moroccan-Style Stuffed Acorn Squash
Yum! Yum yum yum! Hubby didn't think he would like this but he ate it up, squash included, and we had it again the following week. I had a snafu in the kitchen and accidentally added quinoa instead of cous cous. Quick thinking had me add extra broth and cook for 15 minutes until the quinoa was done. Veggies were perfect, and I'll keep using the quinoa as we really liked it that way (though I'm sure I'd use cous cous if it's what we had on hand! :)).

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 19, 2010
Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
These are great! I did add more peanut butter (personal preference ~ I love peanut butter!) and decreased the milk by the same amount. My picky 15 month old has eaten 4 of them since yesterday!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 24, 2008
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies III
After all the good reviews, I was expecting a phenomenal cookie...these were just ok. As others have said, they need to be cooked much longer. I did 365 degrees for 12 minutes and they were still a little underdone. Also, this is way WAY too many chocolate chips for my taste...I would cut it in as least half. This recipe has good potential, and I'll probably make them again, but with fewer chips and a longer baking time.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 11, 2008
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