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Aunt Meg

Aunt Meg
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Living In: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2003
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Kids
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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Jun. 12, 2012 10:31 am 
Updated: Jun. 14, 2012 6:34 am
Hello!   This is my first entry - for this blog.  So I thought I'd tell you a little about me, and my love of food.  I'm Megalicious...meaning a lot of delicious (as it relates to my food)!  The name Megalicious - came as a play on my birth name and because my food is delicious - you put me and… MORE
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About this Cook
I've always enjoyed cooking/baking. I, like most young girls, had an Easy Bake Oven - mine was the Holly Hobby version (A child of the 80's). I loved to make little cakes for my brother and sisters! I can remember being a little girl and asking my mom to help in the kitchen. Since I don't have anyone at home to cook for, I'm always brining things into work for co-workers, or taking dishes to friends/family and to church events for others to sample and enjoy!! Everyone gets excited when they see me carrying in a dish or container fulled with something yummy!! It has become a must for me to bring my Mac-n-Cheese to every family dinner, if I don't take it I might as well not even show up! I love cooking for large groups of people, the more to feed the better. I enjoy collecting cookbooks, watching Food Network, reading/subscribing to all types of food related magazines and getting new ideas.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking/baking a variety of food. However, I love to cook comfort food and traditional American food - but I usually then put my own spin on them. Very few recipes I enjoy are low in calories; although, most of what I make is made from scratch and with fresh ingredients...which helps with keeping down the preservates, artificial flavorings, etc. I enjoy both cooking and baking - and love to create themed meal plans and menus.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love the first weekend in December when my Mom, younger sisters, Sister-In-Law, nieces and I get together to bake cookies and other yummy treats for the holidays. Last year we baked approx. 900 cookies and holiday treats to give away to neighbors, family and friends. I get to combine my two favorite things cooking/baking and my family. I look forward to it every year!
My cooking triumphs
I have two triumphs - that were equally challenging. In 2005, the church I was attending was hosting it's biennial Christms Dinner Theatre and I was asked to make my Roast Beef for 350 people (approx. 150 pounds of beef). I was a little worried at first because I'd never done anything like that, but it went off without a hitch and EVERYONE loved the roast beef. I received many compliments! Earlier this year (2011), I was asked to prepare an appreciation breakfast for 40-50 people. I would be responsible for creating the menu, purchasing the food and executing the meal. After some thought I agreed. I worked on a menu for several weeks, and got it approved. I was very much looking forward to this challenge. With the help of my Mom and one of my sisters the breakfast was a success!! Lots of "mmms" and "oh this is delicious"...I was even asked if I would cater an event! I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge!!
My cooking tragedies
For my sisters birthday, she wanted a yellow cake with chocolate icing. I searched for the best recipe and made plans to make both - from scratch. The icing was a success. The cake not so much. I followed the recipe step by step...the batter looked (and tasted) as it should. The cakes baked perfectly - they even pulled from the sides of the pan...not one crumb was stuck. I iced the cakes (8-inch double layer) and was anxiously awaiting it's debut. As I was putting candles in the cake I realized something was VERY wrong. I had to force the candles into the cake. After, I finally inserted the candles in and carried the cake to the table. After the traditional rendition of "Happy Birthday", I went to cut the cake. It was hard, the cake was firm, I was able to put it on to the plate and it sat straight up stiff as a board. My sister and friends graciously took a few bites of the cake - but removed the frosting and left the cake. Outside I was laughing, but inside I was dying.
Recipe Reviews 26 reviews
Chocolate Fudge Buttercream Frosting
YUMMOLICIOUS!! I tried this recipe twice - once following the recipe as above, and once with some modifications. I loved the recipe both times, but the modifications definitely won!! Modifications: 3/4 cup butter (room temp) and NO shortenting. Replaced the milk with heavy cream - I added incrementally until I got the desired texture. About 1/4 - 1/2 cup. So smooth and delicious. I also made the frosting a day or two prior to serving - per the recommendation of another reviewer. I tasted it right after making and then again when it was served...definitely recommend making in advance - there was a difference in the taste...better if that's even possible.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 21, 2013
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Simple and Easy - but full of YUMMOLICIOUSNESS!! I made these for my sister's bridal shower and they were a HUGE hit! We decided to do several of her favorite foods for the entire shower menu - and I knew chocolate covered strawberries had to be an option on the dessert menu! This recipe was almost too easy! One recipe makes several chocolate covered strawberries - especially depending on the size of your berries. With the shower being in early summer, many berries were very large - but I was still able to get almost 2 dzn berries from this recipe and 3/4 of each berry was covered (I made them later in the summer for another bridal shower, and the berries were much smaller and I was able to almost 2.5 dz from one recipe.) For "setting and cooling"...I dipped each berry in the chocolate, placed them on wax paper lined cookie sheets, and then placed them in the refrigerator. They were set in about 20 min. I was then able to store them in an airtight plastic container - to make transporting much easier. For serving, I placed each strawberry in individual silver cupcake liners, and then displayed them on a Wilton cupcakes & more display was so pretty and a nice touch to the dessert table! I kept the berries simple - nothing drizzled on top - but may "dress them up" in the future, depending on the situation. Such a quick, simple recipe - great summertime treat, a Valentine's gift or a nice touch to a bridal party lunch.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 23, 2013
Easy Sugar Cookies
Made just as the recipe was written...they were perfect! Exactly what I was looking for...I didn't want a sugar cookie that I had to roll and cut out, just scoop and drop. I did use buttercream icing on the top for the cookies I was making, but I'll definitely use this recipe next time I want just plain old fashioned sugar cookies that are rolled in regular or colored sugar! It's a keeper!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 23, 2013
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