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Let's Eat

Let's Eat
Home Town: Grinnell, Iowa, USA
Living In: Washington, D.C., USA
Member Since: Sep. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Quilting, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I thought that I hated to cook but I discovered that it was because I was always in a rush. I have no time to cook during the week so recently I vowed to cook at least one nice meal and one new thing every weekend. It's been great. I've been cooking things I've always wanted to try and Allrecipes.com has been great in helping me find no-fail recipes that are always winners!
My favorite things to cook
Down home comfort food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make gingerbread men and Chex mix every Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
After I moved 1,500 miles away from family, I decided I would attempt to make Thanksgiving dinner for the very first time. Since it was just me and my husband I wasn't worried about the "experiment." However, before I knew it, half of my husband's family (most of who can not and do not cook) found out I was cooking and ended up spending the big day with us. It was my very first time cooking for other people and making turkey with all the trimmings and it came it pretty good. There were no major disasters.
My cooking tragedies
I made Christmas dinner for just me and my husband. Having successfully made turkey twice before, i experimented this time by spreading butter with thyme under the skin of the bird. I was told to use 2 tbs of butter. I thought that if 2 tbs of butter was good, than a whole stick must be even better! It made the turkey TOO moist (who knew a turkey could be too moist?) and it ruined the turkey juices so the gravy was a complete mess. I had spent two days preparing the meal and without gravy, it was all ruined. I cried at the dinner table.
Recipe Reviews 24 reviews
Debdoozie's Blue Ribbon Chili
Good & easy to make. I added 2 jalapenos to kick up the heat a little bit. After browning beef & onion, I threw it all into the crock pot to cook for the day. You can cook on high for 4 hours or low for 10 hours.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 4, 2010
Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes
These are great. A coworker told me that they are his new favorite cupcake. They smell terrific when baking. I had to substitute vanilla pudding for the butterscotch pudding but otherwise I made them just like the recipe states. I frosted them using the cream cheese frosting II recipe from this site.

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 22, 2010
Cream Cheese Frosting II
I followed the recipe exactly. This is great frosting for when you don't want something too sweet. You will need to refrigerate your cupcakes/cake after you frost them with this frosting, as it quickly gets a little too warm and melty after an hour or so.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 22, 2010

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