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Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
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Mar. 28, 2010 9:43 pm 
Updated: Sep. 10, 2010 11:52 pm
So, as I have been here for a little over four months now, I thought I would (for my own benefit at least) keep a record of the recipes that have been created in my (since January) Gluten-Free Journey.  It has been an exciting few months and, as I started this project, I was amazed at… MORE
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Peanut Butter Easter Island Egg setup March 2010
Peanut Butter Easter Egg March 2010
Norwegian Meatballs on Rice with Veggies
Christmas Lefse (Gluten Free)
About this Cook
Live with my SoulMate Hubby (a.k.a. "The Most Wonderful Man In the World") in a teeny, tiny apartment with two psycho cats.
My favorite things to cook
Still in progress, but the list includes (from this site): Scandinavian Almond Bars; Serbian Beef and Vegetables; Scandinavian Almond Bars; Black Russian Bread; Scandinavian Almond Bars; Roasted Red Potatoes; Norwegian Meat Balls; Scandinavian Almond Bars; Norwegian Soft Cake; Milk-Braised Pork Loin!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Blot Kake (Norwegian Soft "Cake"); Sur Kal (Norwegian "Sour Cabbage"); Russian Peas; Scandinavian Almond Bars; Norwegian Meat Balls; (started by me) Milk-Braised Pork Loin
My cooking triumphs
My first loaf of bread (assisted by my very first breadmaker) Making the Scandinavian Almond Bars -- and they worked FIRST TIME Norwegian Meat Balls - HURRAY for me! Blot Kaker (even though it was a little tough due to using brown instead of white sugar) (Hokey Phinokey! I should upgrade my level as THE BEST EXPERT - WORLD AMAZING! Just because of this little cake)!! And, the recipe that boosted my rating from beginning to Intermediate: Milk-Braised Pork Loin!!!!!
My cooking tragedies
Never, EVER ... under any circumstance: 1. Add ketchup to Beef Stroganoff Hamburger Helper!! (We ordered Pizza that night.) 2. Pour onion soup mix from a bulk bag directly into what you are cooking ... *GAG* (Jam Sandwiches are a great replacement!) 3. When making Russian Peas, make sure they do NOT boil dry. That was Christmas Eve dinner (the Big Disaster) December 2009. 4. NOTE TO SELF: Although Hubby adds ketchup to EVERYTHING -- DO NOT add to anything while cooking (He's usually right!)-- Reminder: Easy Fettuccine Fiasco. *Sigh*
Recipe Reviews 43 reviews
Gravy Baked Pork Chops
Okay! I found this recipe this morning -- after I adapted another recipe so that we could have this for dinner last night! This was exactly what I ended up doing (except added only 1/2 cup of milk) and I thought I would go with 30 minutes baking after 40 overdid them slightly in my oven. It is easy and oh so yummy! Great recipe! Thanks -- This is ours from now on, and ... Next time I won't have to wonder if I am doing it right!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 4, 2012
Amena's Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies
Thank you, once again, Chef John! These cookies were incredible. My hubby decided he wanted to make chocolate chip cookies and he chose this one because of the triple chocolate factor. Because he wanted more than 16 cookies, he doubled the recipe and ended up with 72 cookies!! Poor baby was so tired afterward! But we won't have to make cookies for a while. When we make cookies again, this will be the recipe, but we won't double it! Thanks, Maestro! Again, your recipes Rock!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 13, 2012
Chef John's Sloppy Joes
Once again, Chef John, "Thank you" seems so inadequate. Made this for dinner last night and there was happy silence from my husband's corner as he finished his portion and then not-so-silent (but relatively subdued lest he resemble Bambi in the headlights before running away) ecstatic chatter from mine, when he got up for seconds. Normally, when I make sloppy joes, there is the animated discussion about how ketchup should be used only as a condiment on the side to adorn hot dogs, hamburgers, the occasional french fry, but it should never -- and he repeats never -- be used as an ingredient. There was none of that with this meal :) -- not even the suspicious, "Did you put ketchup in this?" or the disappointed, "Honey, you Know I'm not a big sweet-and-sour fan". A note to those reviewers who thought this was too "sloppy", I would say make this again and be more patient next time -- the liquid does evaporate eventually. The flavour is superb that it is well worth the wait. So .. Thanks again! I have myself a new sloppy joe recipe!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 8, 2012
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