IRISHJAYT Profile - (197635)

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Living In: Binghamton, New York, USA
Member Since: May 2000
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Southern, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Camping, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I'm a special education teacher and I have three children; a daughter away at college and two teenage boys at home.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, whether it's scones, biscotti, or cookies. I also enjoy coming up with new and different ways to serve the same old ingredients at dinner time. I rarely leave a recipe alone, but I've learned to write down any changes I make that receive rave reviews from the kids!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Whipping up party foods for any occasion, whether we're watching the Super Bowl or hanging out on the deck. Teenage boys seem to love a smorgasbord of options to graze on, and leftovers make great snacks after school!
My cooking triumphs
Hmmm...copying a local baker's sugar cookies that my colleagues all love. There are only three ingredients, and it took some time and tweaking, but I finally came up with the perfect combo. The best triumph of all is having a 15 year old boy who is as likely to fix mac and cheese from a box as he is to whip up shrimp scampi or chocolate layer cake with homemade fudge frosting!
My cooking tragedies
Making the mistake of believing well-meaning children! They have learned to be honest if I've tried something new, and now they don't get repeats of items they once claimed to love, only to avoid hurting my feelings:-)
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Honey Roasted Carrots
Tried this for the first time and it was a hit! Threw in some chopped pecans, used half the olive oil, and threw in 1 tbsp. agave. Will definitely be doing this again!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 13, 2014
Zesty Chicken Meatloaf
Delicious! Only changes to original were to cut bread crumbs down to 1 cup and spread additional salsa on top before baking to keep it from drying out. Served it with Goya Black Beans & Rice and a veggie...meal was a hit!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 19, 2013
No Bake Peanut Butter Pie
I used some suggestions from others to make it Weight Watchers friendly. I used reduced fat cream cheese, Splenda(1cup), Simply Jif peanut butter, 1/2 cup skim milk, ad 12 oz. Cool Whip. I spread the remaining Cool Whip on top and decorated with chopped mini Reese Cups and a drizzle of chocolate syrup. The result was absolutely delicious!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 17, 2013

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