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Stephanie Hastwell

Stephanie Hastwell
Home Town: Utica, New York, USA
Living In: Boonville, New York, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2011
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I have been cooking and baking most of my walking life. My grandmother was a culinary arts teacher and I was her favorite student :). 5 years ago my prince charming swept me off my feet and brought here to the STIX! While I am still a "city" girl at heart I have quickly taken a liking to training to be a stay at home mom (hopefully someday). Anyhow to keep my mind off baby dillemmas and an unfortunately long hiatus from work due to a disabling back injury and surgery I have learned that cooking is my best friend. I can sit and stand as I please, typically things are light enough for me to pick up and when they aren't I have an army of strapping young men to help out (the beauty of marrying into a rather large family)Anyhow I cook all the meals for the extended family of in-laws as we live a stones throw away. Im not much for rules so most times I tend to start with a recipe and make the rest up. I have recently begun to make my own recipes from scratch and will share soon!
My favorite things to cook
anything and everything! But nothing is more rewarding than sitting down to a homemade family dinner!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love cooking the holiday meals. I usually like to fly solo, but always appreciate a little help with peeling and chopping. Also our family has begun a fall wood cutting weekend. One weekend a year as many family members as possible head up our way to help my in-laws and us prepare our wood for winter. We usually work about 12 hours and can get about 3/4 of the wood we need which is a huuuge help. In return for their help we make a huge dinner for them. We always love a nice turkey dinner with all the fixings but this year was Lasagna and antipasto. Talk about yummy. Any way my job that day is in the kitchen preparing for company. We love having a full house of our loved ones with full happy bellies!
My cooking triumphs
My new fall creations. If they last a day in the house I am lucky!
My cooking tragedies
There have definitely been a few...My first attempt at a homemade alfredo sauce was gross looking(it still tasted good though. And probably 85% of what my roommates and I made in college. Not because it wasn't good, but it just kills me what we ate. I know I could win a challenge in cooking with ramen noodles!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Hot Dog Soup
Just like my mom and grandma used to make! Everyone in my husband's family thought I was crazy! This was the only way I would eat hot dogs growing up! We always added corn and peas and I think my grandma added stewed tomatoes but I don't care for them. Super easy meal to feed a houseful!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 13, 2013
Oatmeal Craisin Cookies
I've been making these for several years from a similar recipe...they are so good...I omit raisins bc we don't like them but I might try them with golden raisins...I like to reconstitute the dried fruit for a bit in warm wate so they plump up a bit and are delicious!

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 18, 2012
Great recipe... I have been searching for a great kugel that could stand up to the one my mom and i made growing up from my step fathers jewish cook book... This is the closest recipe i have been able to find... Decided to make it when after years of not having it it was all i could think about... It even was on several tv shows i watched! Weird... Anyway made it for the inlaws who thought i was crazy and they loved it... For anyone with complaints of sweetness it is fine to omit or cut back on the sugar topping... We only used graham crackers growing up... Recipes dont have to be set in stone play around for your or your families likes and dislikes... Happy cooking!

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 1, 2012
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