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Holiday Baker

Holiday Baker
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Living In: Richmond, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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Aug. 5, 2014 11:35 am 
Updated: Oct. 5, 2014 10:36 am
Recently, some of the Allrecipes Allstars were asked to create recipes using either a Classico brand red or white sauce. I received the challenge to try a red sauce and then tested 2 recipes created by others with their alfredo one.The challenge was to make recipes that were fairly healthy,… MORE
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About this Cook
I have been a member with a profile since 2007, but was scoping the site many years before that printing recipes. It was a life saver in college and continues to be well used today, as my eating habits change. I graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. degree. I also received a certification in Culinary Arts & Baking and Pastry making, from a local community college, to fullfill a long lived interest.
My favorite things to cook
Overall, I just really enjoy trying new recipes. I have been interested in both healthier cooking and baking lately, testing blended smoothies, soups, healthier versions of site recipes, consuming more varieties of fresh produce, and baking with whole grains.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We had quite a few growing up. Too many to mention. Now, I enjoy finding new recipes, to make each year, to take to holiday parties. I have a few recipe boxes, one which is just for holidays, which keeps expanding. That is when I spend the time making a layered cake, cheesecake, cookies, or just a new fun holiday recipe sweet or savory. I save them during the year as I find them.
My cooking triumphs
As a child it was baking and decorating dozens of Christmas cookies, each year, at my grandmas. Currently, it is all my ever growing knowledge in cooking and baking and becoming an Allrecipes Allstar. Here is a video I was a part of, one year, for Kahlua and
My cooking tragedies
I am sure we have all had a few, that's how we learn. My biggest kitchen dissasters were having a glass dish explode in the oven and using a broiler for the first time and catching the vegetables on fire. I have learned, don't ever leave the broiler when it's on.
Recipe Reviews 1458 reviews
Greek-Style Potatoes
I liked the flavor of these, but I only made 2 servings to use 2 large russet potatoes up. I used low sodium veg broth paste and accidentally forgot the dill. I had to bake them at 400, baking something else at that temp. They sort of fell apart when done, going from undone to over done. As I liked the flavor I may try them with the dill I forgot and the proper temp.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2014
Roasted Greek Chicken
I liked the seasoning on this, but I cut the salt and pepper back. I only had 1 lb of chicken breasts, so I didnt make the full recipe. I found the chicken sort of dry. I am going to re-try it with bone in skin on chicken and edit my review.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 22, 2014
Banana Wheat Bread
This recipe is not for everyone, but it works for me. It is like the marriage of wheat bread, banana bread, and a bran muffin. It has very little sweetness, but it tastes well with a little whipped butter. It bakes up so nicely too. I used the exact sized pan suggested. It happens to be a darker baking pan of mine, but I used Bakers Joy spray and seemed to have no issues with over browning. I sprinkled the top with chopped pecans before baking and suggest that as a garnish. As far as ingredients I followed the recipe exactly except I used wheat bran instead of wheat germ and safflower oil for the vegetable oil. I also noted that the 1 1/2 cups of bananas came to 3 1/2.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 21, 2014
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