BeatleMama Profile - (19133275)

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Home Town: Bothell, Washington, USA
Living In: Edmonds, Washington, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Baking with my Beatle
About this Cook
Baking is my own personal form of therapy. I have a husband and a two year old little boy... that should explain it all! Lucky for them, I'm pretty good at this cooking/baking thing.
My favorite things to cook
Lasagna, Chicken Piccata, Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken Nuggets, Pizza, Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin, Cauliflower Cheese, Yukon Gold "Risotto," Brie en crout, Cookies, Chocolate Souffle (hubby's favorite,) Cupcakes, Creme Brulee.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking pies with my Grandma every Thanksgiving.
My cooking triumphs
Learning a really fine dice and overcoming my fear of onions.
My cooking tragedies
My first batch of granola... I put the dried fruit in BEFORE I baked it. Don't ever do that. Wait until afterwards.
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Layered Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Casserole
GREAT recipe! I make this at least once or twice a month. I dice up my chicken, sauté it with some cumin and mix it with the sour cream. After many a dinner with this meal, I've found that brushing the tortillas (corn) and baking them in the oven directly on the racks until brown and crispy provides the best results... not soggy tortillas like I experienced the first time making it. I layer as directed with those few changes and it's amazing. My family loves it. It also freezes well... wrap in plastic wrap and foil and when you're ready to reheat, unwrap, pop in an oiled pyrex pan, cover with foil and bake at 375 for about 45 minutes! Thanks for a family favorite!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 24, 2013
Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole
I'm used to candied yams during the holidays... you know the ones I'm talking about.. canned yams and marshmallows. It's always been one of my favorite holiday dishes, but this year, I decided to make something a little different for our "Friendsgiving." Wow. This dish was amazing!! I used white sweet potatoes and baked them according to other reviews. I used three large potatoes. I also double the topping and added cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice to it. Again, wow. This was raved about, even the kids loved it! I had more than one person claim me as their new best friend, so I'd say this was a definite winner! Will be making it again for my family Thanksgiving! :D

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2013
J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits
First biscuits I've ever made and they turned out PERFECT! I took the advice of others and used butter instead of shortening, and only added probably 3/4 cup of milk. I didn't change anything else. Instead of "kneading," I "folded" my dough a few times and patted it down. Wasn't ready to bake right away, so I put it in the fridge for about an hour or two . Rolled it out, cut them out, put them on a cookie sheet that I lightly oiled with EVOO, brushed with melted butter and baked at 425 for 13 minutes and they are amazing. I think they taste great (and I'm a bread/biscuit snob!!) Thanks for a fabulous recipe... I will be using it over and over again! :)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 30, 2013

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