Nita Profile - (18819918)

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Living In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Baked Beans from Scratch
I am not a big fan of baked beans my fiance and daughter are so I wanted to try some from scratch for our Memorial Day dinner. I tried this recipe and couldn't stop eating the beans myself! (I was a bit confused by the scaling though because it says is makes 5 cups with only 1 cup of beans and when you try to change the number of servings, it starts with 10? We were having a few people over so I said I needed 40 servings and it was perfect even though I started with about 79 oz of beans). I used canned beans to cut down on some the cooking time we opted for great northern beans. I also cut out the chili powder and cooked bacon to add in. I sauteed the onion in the bacon fat and poured it all into the pan with the beans (I also seasoned the beans with seasoned salt) and added 2 tablespoons of dry mustard and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. (I also added a cup of water to make up for the cooking liquid in the recipe but will omit next time as it took the sauce too long to thicken). These were perfect, not too sweet as some of the reviews say (in fact, I added extra brown sugar to adjust to the sweetness level we were looking for). We will never use canned baked beans again!

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Reviewed On: May 28, 2013
One Bowl Brownies
This is my new go-to brownie recipe! I used a different size pan though and had to bake a little longer and the middle wasn't completely done but I took them out so they wouldn't get hard. Next time I will have to reduce the temperature and cook a little longer because I wanted thicker brownies. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly and they were great!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 8, 2012
Apple Spice Cake
Great base recipe. I used 1/2 c butter and 1/2 c applesauce to cut down on the fat and 1 1/2 c white sugar and 1/2 c brown sugar just to try something different. I doubled the cinnamon and added a teaspoon of ground clove and I didn't have any ginger so I omitted it. I also used walnuts instead of raisins because we don't like them and I used my food chopper to finely chop the apples because I didn't want big chunks (you couldn't see the apples but you could taste the flavor). I also added 2 teaspoons of baking powder because I wanted it to be fluffy. I baked in a 9 x 13 pan for 40 minutes and it came out great. It was very moist and delicious and this was my first time making a spice cake (my fiance asked for it for father's day). I topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting. Another cake recipe to add to my collection!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 18, 2012

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