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Blender Woman


Blender Woman
 
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: Oct. 21, 2013 11:54 am
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 in Liberal Arts. I also received a certification in Culinary Arts, from a local community college, out of interest and to help me pay my bills to complete my college.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking, baking, and trying a variety of new recipes. However, for most every day dinners, I tend to make quick, lightened, or healthy meals. In my quest to be healthier, I was looking for easy solutions. I saw a Vitamix demo at a craft fair and it was a no-brainer. I use it near daily for breakfast or lunch. Feel free to like my page below on Facebook, if interested in my favorite blender recipes. Once on the page, just click the photos tab: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blender-Woman/190872231084570
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.
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 happy part of, 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 1369 reviews
Healthy Turkey Loaf
This wasn't too bad. I can't imagine making a meatloaf only using 1/2 lb of meat though. So, I doubled the recipe to get a standard size. I ended up having to cook it near 50 minutes like my ground beef meatloaf. I did about 45 minutes in the oven, on the temp suggested, and then browned the top on a low broil for about 5 minutes. I still found the center a bit watery with all of the vegetables. I did 1/2 tsp of lemon pepper. It doesn't say. My only other change was adding about 1/4 tsp. of garlic powder. I lined a sheet pan with foil, sprayed with PAM, and just shaped it on there. Saved on clean-up time. When done this badly screamed for some type of tomato or other sauce for the top. I am sure this will all be eaten, but I am still on the hunt for the perfect meaty turkey meatloaf.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 25, 2014
DIY Cocoa-Hazelnut Spread
Although, this tasted fine. It was definitely not a clone of Nutella or similar spreads. I made 1/2 recipe in my Vitamix blender. As it has a strong motor I blended alternating between speed 1 and 10. I rarely use high speed. The color is much darker than the picture and it does still have almond bits. Without vegetable shortening or similar products it is not going to get beautifully smooth like the picture. I actually have a personal recipe, in my recipe box, closer to Nutella. This will get eaten, but honestly it reminds me much more of a vegan chocolate fudge, in taste and texture, and it is definitely a healthy tasting spread made with this recipe.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 23, 2014
Agave Almond Butter
I really liked the flavor of this. More than the almond butter I have ground at the stores in the machines. I don't have an oster blender, so I put it in my Vitamix. I tested this recipe, because I liked that it didn't have a bunch of added oil. Be very careful, though, because it goes from almond butter, with perfectly fine visible almond bits, to an almost almond paste or candy chunks like stage. I suppose it is from the agave? It is equally tasty, but not so spreadable. I would love to know what other liquids people add, to get it perfectly smooth and stay that consistency. Unfortunately, in the fridge it thickened even more. I can't imagine not refrigerating the leftovers though. So, after the first use on bread I ended up using what was left as a substitute for granola in parfaits. That worked perfect as granola gets boring after awhile. It would have worked fine too thrown into smoothies for extra fiber and protein in the recipes calling for nuts.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 22, 2014
 
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