Amy Profile - (18983363)

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Member Since: Jan. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Walking, Photography, Music, Charity Work
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Red, White & Blueberry Cheesecake
The best EASY dessert ever!!!
My Dad's favorite!!!
Just me...
About this Cook
My cooking style ranges from one extreme to the other. I either like to try to put my own healthy twist on tried and true favorites, cutting down on fat, sugar and/or calories, or else I like to make the richest, most decadent dessert recipes I can find! I'm a housewife and mother of a toddler, so cooking is partly my job, partly for fun, and almost always therapeutic. I'm still learning and have a long way to go, but am enjoying every lesson along the way!
My favorite things to cook
I love to favorite thing! I like putting my own spin on things (adding a little maple extract to sugar cookie icing for fall leaf cookies, making a coconut filling to go in pineapple cupcake, things like that), getting a little creative but not going too overboard. Plus, I think that nearly every dessert is better with nuts, and if a recipe calls for ANY amount of vanilla extract, you can bet that I'll double it almost every time!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dutch traditions are all I know...Oliebolen on New Year's Day and Jan Hagel Cookies; I can't imagine life without these things. Plus, it was an honor to be able to FINALLY be allowed to bake pies for Thanksgiving, as opposed to just bringing rolls...made me feel like I'd "made it". :)
My cooking triumphs
Hands down, the Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake (from this site) and the Maple Walnut Pumpkin Pie (also from this site)...when my Aunts (who are all amazing cooks) ask me for recipes, it feels like such a victory!
My cooking tragedies
Best story freshman year of high school, I'd volunteered to bring chips and queso for a BBQ, and since my Mom was out of town she left me instructions on making the queso in the crockpot. Having never used one before, I took the crock out, and told my friend she could use that "bowl" to make her salad...then I proceeded to make queso in the crockpot MINUS the actual crock!! Needless to say, it was charred to a crisp and my house reeked of burned cheese for weeks! No wonder it's taken me this long to get back into cooking!!!
Recipe Reviews 62 reviews
Maple Walnut Pumpkin Pie
I'd give this recipe 10 stars if I could! I won't even eat plain pumpkin pie anymore...this is more of a mousse-like consistency and I like that a lot better than just a gelatinous slab of pumpkin in a crust. The topping puts it over the top! I'm asked to bring this to every Thanksgiving now. :)

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Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2013
Spiced Butternut Squash Muffins
I thought these were really good! I substituted whole wheat flour for white (to make them a bit healthier) and brown sugar for the white (just my preference). I had to use 1/4 cup of the milk while pureeing the squash (I just added the remaining 1/2 cup to the mixture when it called for it). The muffins turned out really good, and are not overly sweet. I frosted them with some homemade cream cheese frosting to make cupcakes for my daughter's kindergarten class. I hope they all like them, so I can tell them afterward that they were made with a vegetable!!! :)

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Reviewed On: Oct. 28, 2013
Chocolate Marshmallow Candy
I thought these were really good! Because I knew of some nut allergies among the group I was serving them to, I omitted the pecans, and replaced them with Heath toffee bits for a little crunch. So good! They were really easy to make and what drew me to the recipe was that I needed to make treats in a hurry and didn't have time to go to the store, so I had to pick something I had all the ingredients for. So happy I found this recipe. I think that the next time I make these, I may try them with peanut butter chips, pretzels, all kinds of different stuff...lots of fun possibilities to work with. :) Thanks for the fun, easy, tasty recipe!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 21, 2013

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