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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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Oct. 18, 2013 10:38 pm 
Updated: Mar. 13, 2015 7:38 pm
I was recently given the opportunity to learn about cooking with sausage, in a variety of flavors such as mild, sweet, hot flavors, encased and ground. Cooking sausage products has been relatively foreign to me. If I did cook pork it was the rare occasion of bacon with breakfast, which… MORE
Bowties with Italian Sausage in a Basil Cream Sauce.
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Johnsonville One-Pan Italian.
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Easy Sausage Pizza by Johnsonville.
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Johnsonville Italian Sausage and Pepper Medley.
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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 Allrecipes.com: http://allrecipes.com/video/4106/kahlua-coffee-break/detail.aspx
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 1763 reviews
Easy Chicken Enchiladas
I liked this and would rate it between a 4-5, for ease alone. I dont cook with canned soup much anymore, but this made for an easy sauce compared to my scratch recipe. I used Trader Joes Homemade tortillas, their 12 oz salsa verde, and sharp cheddar. I had 2 large chicken breasts, instead of 3, but it was 1 1/3 lbs. I sprinkled them lightly with garlic salt and onion powder and broiled them on a foil lined sheet. They were done in the time it took me to mix up the rest of the ingredients. I used all the ingredients, but the green chilis as the salsa verde already included them and was 12 oz. I covered and baked as suggested, but didnt do the second bake uncovered. I baked the after preparing instead of 12 hours later. I am glad, because the bottoms were already slightly soggy. That wouldnt have been good. I think these taste similar to the pulled chicken enchiladas at Chuys. They are a little salty, but not unexpected with the soup. I would make these again when wanting to save time. I recalculated the calories, as made above, and it came to 216 calories each.

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Reviewed On: May 22, 2015
Layered Pea Salad
I liked this. I only had fresh English peas I bought from Trader Joes which came in a 14oz bag. As a result, I made 1/4 of the recipe and layered the salad in 4 small glass dishes creating mini arranged salads. I cooked the peas in the microwave for 10 minutes in some salted water. I used regular mayo and sugar in the raw. I like something crunchy in my salad. I didn't have any croutons, but added some corn chips. This really did work well. ty

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Reviewed On: May 22, 2015
Ranchy Fruit and Nut Salad
Jason, your salad has potential but there is a major error on the lettuce amount! I think it should be closer to at least 8 cups of lettuce. A typical salad has 2 cups of lettuce per person. 1/4 cup of dressing, 3/4 cup of dried fruit, and 1/2 cup of nuts is incredible for the amount of lettuce. As a result, I kept the lettuce the same, maybe adding a little more, and did about 1 tblsp of each topping. Still 4 Tblsp of dressing was a bit much. I used a lighter yogurt ranch. Unless, this is supposed to mainly be fruits and nuts mixed with ranch dressing? With the added garlic and parmesan, it reminded me of a ceasar salad with added nuts and fruit. Add more lettuce and add the other ingredients to taste and this is not too bad, if one loves ranch dressing. I also would only make this right before serving. The lettuce starts to break down from the dressing as most lettuce salads with the dressing mixed directly in.

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Reviewed On: May 22, 2015
 
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