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Living In: Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2011
Cooking Level: Beginning
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
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About this Cook
I'm a 20 year old college kid. I'm in the process of teaching myself to cook, and it's been quite an experiment. I'm always on the look out for new and exciting recipes. I've come to the point where I don't even know what recipe to look up because I can't think of anything! So I use stumble-upon and set my invest to only food/cooking and keep a close eye on several awesome food blogs, as well as the daily recommendations I get from
My favorite things to cook
I am not good at deserts. So I try to stick with dinner options. My favorite things to cook are one pot meals, and casserole type things. Anything with pasta!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother did most of my family's cooking and she is a mix of Paula Dean and Sandra Lee. She's all about working with tight budget, dressing up store bought goods and adding some southern flair. She taught me how to make the most amazing mac n' cheese from a box and how to stretch my dollar. With her in mind, I'm always looking for a bargain, but I'm also trying to make more things homemade.
My cooking triumphs
Most recently it would have to be the Chicken and Gnocchi soup. It was one of the daily recipes, and I love the soup at Olive Garden. I gave it a try-- and wow!!
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at homemade alfredo. Yuk!
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
I followed the suggestion of adding 1 cup of brown sugar and 2 cups of white sugar, but other than that I followed it as is. I was baking mini loaves for christmas gifts. I have the wilson mini loaf pan. The pan has 8 mini loaves (each holding about 1/3 cup). They baked for about 25 minutes. I got 2 pans full (16 mini loaves) from 1 batch. Perfect recipe! Sweet, but not too sweet. It is also nice and moist with a perfect combination of flavors.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2012
Bread Pudding II
Yum-o! So good, but I did make a few changes like the other reviewers said: I used raisin swirl bread, and if it wasn't day old I popped it on a cookie sheet in the oven until firm. Also, I used anywhere from 9-12 pieces of bread. 12 if the pieces are small, like the raisin break usually is. I use golden raisins as a topping and instead of milk I use pure half-half. A little note: whisk the eggs good!!! If you don't you'll get globs of egg and it's gross. Also: Serve with fresh whipped cream!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 10, 2011
Beef Stroganoff III
I have made this several times and it is one of my favorite go-to meals, both because it is delicious and my boyfriend loves it! The reason for the 4 star is I made several changes: For one, I have 5 roommates so I double the ingredients. Also, I use 3 lbs of hamburger that I brown (then drain) in a separate pan. I also cook 1 bag of egg noodles. (I keep the noodles and the meat to the side until it's nearly the end). I don't use green onion, but I do dice 1/2 small onion and 4 cloves of garlic (or 1 onion and 4 cloves if doubled) that I cook with the butter until it's tranlucent. I use 2 tb of flour and 2 tb of corn starch (well, 4 and 4 since I double it...) After I make the paste with the butter, onion, flour and corn starch I add the beef broth and I use 1 tb of Worcestershire sauce. (2 if you're me). As for the other things: I don't use prepared mustard, white wine or mushrooms (one of my roommates doesn't like them otherwise I totally would.) I use 1/2 a block of cream cheese (well 1 full block since I double it), and I also use 1/4 cup soup cream (½ if doubled) added at the same time as the softened cream cheese. After the cream cheese and sour cream are melted I mix in the cooked egg noodles and browned hamburger. If it's too thick I add some milk, whatever I have on hand (skim or whole). Heat through and yummy!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 10, 2011

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