Kate's Kitchen Blog at Allrecipes.com (2/2014)

Kate's Kitchen

Feb. 15, 2014 9:24 pm 
Updated: Feb. 25, 2014 10:00 am
Good evening!  This past week has been super busy at work because we are in Recruitment Season!  Yay!  For about three intense weeks every February and September, there is some place to go about every day for recruitment.  It's a fun time and I get to talk to a lot of students about our… MORE
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Feb. 9, 2014 8:05 am 
Updated: Feb. 15, 2014 7:37 pm
This weekend, I tried the baked spaghetti recipe from the Taste of Home Italian Cookbook instead of traditional spaghetti.  I love baked spaghetti but have never made it before; I have just had it in restaurants sometimes.  I wasn't sure how this would turn out, but it ended up being very… MORE
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Feb. 2, 2014 1:14 pm 
Updated: Feb. 2, 2014 1:40 pm
Here are two recipes I took to my work's Super Bowl party yesterday.  Both recipes are featured in the Taste of Home Appetizers cookbook.  (Awesome book with 350 appetizers!)Turkey and Ham Pinwheels (makes 50 pinwheels)Ingredients: 8 oz nonfat cream cheese 1/2 cup low fat mayo 1/4 tsp… MORE
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Feb. 1, 2014 12:14 am 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2014 8:40 pm
It is already Friday but I wanted to include the ham ball recipe from my grandma, which I made earlier this week.  I have been meaning to add it since I cooked them on Monday night, but it has just been busy! First, the ham ball recipe from my Grandma Fisher:  I think these are a true example… MORE
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About Me
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook would have to be dinner options. This is the main meal I cook most days and this is where I try the most new things. I absolutely love pasta or any Italian dish, and so does my husband. Macaroni and cheese is really becoming my favorite food, and there are so many ways to change it up! Pasta and macaroni are my go-to favorites!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma is a fantastic cook, so I love going to her house for any meal, especially holidays. I love her ham balls, chicken casserole, and chocolate chip pudding cookies. Eating these foods always reminds me of being at her house. I love whenever I visit her that she always has afternoon tea around 3:00pm. I think this is a nice little tradition and want to keep it up myself.
My cooking triumphs
I think the best thing I ever made was BBQ beef brisket out of the Food Network magazine. Pretty much anything I make from this magazine I consider a triumph, but I could not believe that I made this brisket; it was that good. This is definitely one I would use to impress people, plus you cook it in the slow cooker, so it is really minimal work!
My cooking tragedies
I remember I made some kind of dinner casserole and I think I accidentally used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk - it was so sweet and just gross! The first time I tried to make homemade spaghetti sauce, the recipe just said to use ground beef and diced tomatoes and that the tomatoes would cook down. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but this did not work and I have found a new recipe since. I also remember burning some butter or something on a flat baking sheet; the smoke alarm even went off and I threw the pan away!
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