notajenny Profile - (18929915)


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Living In: Keaau, Hawaii, USA
Member Since: Feb. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I was born and raised in the lovely Willamette Valley in Oregon, but a few years ago my best friend took me to Hawai'i where she'd spent many of her formitive years, and I fell in love instantly (you'd be surprised how many people actually do not). I recently moved to the Big Island and I'm loving every day of it, though there will always be a special place in my heart for Oregon.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, although I don't make as much time for it as I'd like. I think the reason I love it so much is that for most things you can taste them before they're done and it's different but still good.
My cooking triumphs
I can make an outstanding traditional Thanksgiving dinner, from beginning to end. It's taken many years of practice, but I have it down now, much to everyone's relief. Learning patience was the key, especially when it comes to meats (if 350 is good, 450 is NOT better)... they looked fabulous on the outside and were clucking, mooing, or oinking in the middle.
My cooking tragedies
I have managed to mess up Jello. Yes, it's true. I've done it.
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple, and Red Lentil Soup
Easy to make, cheap to buy the ingredients, even in here in Hawaii where the price of some foods like potatoes are much higher, and excellent tasting, this soup earned 5 stars from me. It's also VERY filling. Only thing I would change is the photo that goes with the recipe since it doesn't look anything like what is pictured when you're done pureeing it.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 30, 2011
Tomato Gorgonzola Soup
This soup was truly outstanding. The ONLY thing I might change is either to dice the onions much finer, or blend the soup before adding the cheese for a smoother consistency. Even without the smooth consistency, the soup was truly awesome, and my mom, who hates tomato soup, went back for seconds and asked for the recipe.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 21, 2011
Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic
I was very pleasantly surprised by this recipe. I thought that I'd like it but my daughter would be "meh" about it, but as it turned out, I loved it and so did my daughter! I did omit the mushrooms since I didn't have any on hand, but I've had mushrooms cooked in balsamic vinegar before and didn't care for them, so I think omitting them was great for us. I did add about a quarter cup of water to compensate for the lack of mushrooms. There wasn't a lot of sauce with this recipe, but it was a perfect amount for drizzling over the linguine. Definitely going into the recipe rotation in my house. Thanks!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 22, 2011
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