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Grumpy's Honeybunch

Grumpy's Honeybunch
Home Town: Richville, New York, USA
Living In: Albany, New York, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2004
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Boating, Biking, Reading Books, Music
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Nov. 18, 2012 3:21 am 
Updated: Mar. 5, 2013 8:31 am
I like to think that every Thanksgiving could be the best one ever.  This month, as part of the Allrecipes AllStar Program, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens and Campbell's, we are creating pinterest boards called Best Thanksgiving Ever.  I would be delighted should you decide to follow… MORE
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Chicken Carnitas
Ritz Push-Cart Hotdog Bites
RITZ White Pizza Meatball Dip
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
About this Cook
I am a home cook who works full time and have been a blogger on my own site, Grumpy's Honeybunch, since 2007. I love to experiment and create in the kitchen. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good, but always fun! My one place I am not the best at is the grill - and I leave that to Grumpy! Since I started using AR several years ago, my home life has changed a lot. We had to relocate for work purposes, My sons no longer live at home and its just Grumpy, me, and our 3 cats. I am a participant in the Allrecipes Allstar program and have had a great time with the challenges as well as the great people I have met through the Allstar program!
My favorite things to cook
I always was a baker but since I started blogging almost 5 years ago, I have also become a more experienced cook. We love pasta meals and especially Asian inspired meals. I love homemade candy although I'm not the best candy maker, I will still attempt it every so often. My very favorite sweet treat from this site is Brooke's Bombshell Brownies. I've taken the recipe and used it as a base to create several different brownie recipes, my favorite being "when life gets you down" brownie (chock full of Peanut Butter flavor) and a peanut butter caramel swirled brownie. Both recipes are on my blog
My favorite family cooking traditions
Summer fish frys at my aunt and uncles home. Homemade fudge and popcorn on Saturday nights while a child! When my boys were younger Friday night was homemade pizza and movie night and some of my most special memories are baking cookies with Nanny. I have every one of her "special" cookie recipes on file and when feeling nostalgia hit I will bake one of her recipes.
My cooking triumphs
My best compliment ever - a cheesecake I made was described to be "better than Juniors!" The pumpkin fudge recipe on this site that I reviewed at 5 stars....this is an awesome cooked fudge recipe. My son totally loves the fudge and so do I!
My cooking tragedies
Once when I was first married, I made fudge. It didn't set up and I was too embarrassed to tell my hubby, so I hid it in the closet (no idea WHY I did such a thing!) and ended up forgetting about it. We came across it one day cleaning and I had to fess up, he had more of a laugh because I tried to hide it!
Recipe Reviews 254 reviews
Amazing Muffin Cups
If the hash browns have not started to crisp at the bottom before putting the egg mixture in, I suggest letting it have a longer baking time. I altered the recipe to fit ingredients I had here, made my own hashbrowns by parboiling the potatoes then shredding them. I added some chili powder and cumin the mixture since I didn't have Mexican flavored cheese. No peppers except jalapeno so I used about 1 tablespoon of that and chopped tomato and tomatillo to stir in. I also reduced the sausage to about half. This is a great base recipe. You can do so many different flavors. It gets 5 stars for that purpose alone! 4/13/14 - I made these again today and left the Mexican flavors out. Sharp Cheddar, sauteed mushrooms and red peppers and chives for flavor. AMAZING is the word. :)

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Reviewed On: Apr. 6, 2014
Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce
This is a great recipe. I didn't use pork because we very rarely eat anything pork in our home unless it's bacon. I used boneless skinless chicken thighs. Since I had the corn oil that Mazola sent, I did use their oil. However, I used about a teaspoon of Adobo along with the spices and added some cumin. Squeezed some lime juice in the salsa and ate some sliced avocado - Oh, and I did use flour tortillas (homemade ones!) instead of corn since we are not fans of corn tortillas here (unless they are fried!). I would definitely make this again.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 31, 2014
No Sugar Oatmeal Cookies
I first had these cookies when our intern made them and brought them into the office. I loved them! After baking them myself, I realize it reminds me a little bit of baked oatmeal, but they are really good when your watching your calorie/carb/sugar intake. I didn't use raisins, instead I used dark chocolate chips and I didn't have applesauce but I did have apple butter that my mom had made so I went with that. Great recipe for those cravings and you aren't killing your diet!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 9, 2014
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