Jenn Barnlund Profile - (1089299)

Jenn Barnlund

Jenn Barnlund
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Living In: Eagle River, Alaska, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2000
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Gourmet
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About this Cook
I am a busy mommy of 3 amazing kids! Madelynn is 14, Samuel is 13 and Meg-Ann is 10! WHEW! I am a stay-at-homeschooling mom (thanks to my fantastically supportive loving husband!)and I love doing anything that is family oriented (except laundry!)
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking really rich and flavorful foods. I enjoy trying out new things and combining different elements from recipes to come up with my own version. Example - I have mastered the perfect banana bread recipe (for my family) and everyone loves it! Guess I should post it, huh? Gluten free cooking is a new passion - taking old recipes and making them GF so that no one can even tell the difference! We all eat gluten free in my house - and no one complains! My daughter and I are the only ones who need to - but everyone wants to eat "our" food, so I just cook enough for everyone!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love cooking those recipes my Mom made when I was a kid. Holiday traditions are important to me and I am really enjoying establishing new traditions with my kids!
My cooking triumphs
I have learned to taste the specific flavors that make something unappealing and eliminate or replace them to suit our tastes. Example - corriander - not fond of, but cilantro(since they are so closely related) makes a great fresh, often less pungent substitution in most of our recipes. Things like that make cooking and trying out new recipes fun!
My cooking tragedies
I am a horrible yeast bread baker. Quick breads - I have the knack, but give me a recipe containing yeast and some how a brick is all that comes out of the oven. Someday...someday...
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Thanksgiving Meatloaf
My family loved this - but I did add two things that I can not imagine it without - salt and pepper! Ground turkey is really bland and so hard to season, but with the addition of these 2 simple ingredients, the rest of the flavors really popped! My kids loved it! My teenagers said I need to make it on Thanksgiving next year instead of a regular turkey! Give it a try with the S&P... It really enhances it!

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Reviewed On: Dec. 6, 2012
Taco Seasoning I
The balance here is fantastic. I recommend omitting the red pepper flakes if it is too spicy since they are easy for each individual to use at the table to spice things up if needed. I like my taco meat sort of saucy, so for each recipe (I always make a giant batch - so multiply accordingly!) I add 1 tsp of cornstarch to the mixture. This thickens whatever liquid you use when simmering and doesn't take away from the fabulous flavor!

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Reviewed On: Jun. 26, 2010
Tina's Best BBQ Lime Chicken
I have been making this recipe for years - yet have failed to mention how amazing it was to the allrecipes world! Thank you for sharing a perfect marinade! Instead of whole chicken pieces, I use boneless skinless thighs or breast tenders and it is perfect every time! Tina - this is the BEST!

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 28, 2006

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