Single Servings Blog at Allrecipes.com (5/2009)

Single Servings

 
May 26, 2009 2:57 pm 
Updated: Sep. 29, 2009 10:47 am
I’ve made a big deal in the past about not eating cereal for dinner—which I don’t—but, by saying that, I don’t mean that you shouldn’t have cereal for dinner if that’s what sounds good to you. (I mean, you probably shouldn’t every night, but…I suppose this is the part where I say, Consult your… MORE
 
 
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May 19, 2009 4:21 pm 
Updated: May 30, 2009 7:15 am
Hi there! I got this question many weeks back from cyndynnorton (sorry for the delayed response by the way!): "I really enjoy your column. I've learned a lot. What I need help with or information about is the prepping and storage of food after it is prepped. Is a plastic bag good enough… MORE
 
 
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May 12, 2009 11:51 am 
Updated: Aug. 18, 2009 12:48 pm
I try really hard to eat healthy, I really do. And I do it by choice so I have no one to blame but myself, but sometimes I get really irritated having to eat healthy (again, I realize that requirement is self-imposed) because it seems like I give up a certain amount of “yummy” factor with… MORE
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May 1, 2009 12:00 pm 
Updated: May 5, 2009 11:23 am
Hey Everyone! So, I’m going to have to be kind of lame this month and say I don’t have a Single Servings ready for you at this moment. Time has been scarce to say the least (clearly, by the brevity of even my apology)…I guess that’s what I get for going on vacation. (But, the vacation was… MORE
 
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Mackenzie

Home Town
Bellingham, Washington, USA
Living In
Seattle, Washington, USA

Member Since
Sep. 2006

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Asian, Mexican, Italian

Hobbies
Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Music

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About Me
I am a 32-year old woman (I still stumble over the word "woman," but I don't think I can get away with "girl" anymore) living in Seattle, WA, writing for the very website you are browsing right now! I am originally from Bellingham (about 80 miles north of Seattle), where I went to Western Washington University, and then just kinda hung out for several more years until I moved south in September of 2006. I've always loved cooking and even had my own little spiral recipe notebook when I was in middle school to collect my star dishes in. (Apple pizza and scones were always a hit with the family—thanks Home Ec.!) I seriously considered going to culinary school when I was twenty, but then decided I didn't want to cook for a living. I’m definitely more of an entertaining cook, as opposed to a professional cook.
My favorite things to cook
I prefer cooking over baking, but I've been branching out more in the past couple years--I made a pie from scratch for the very first time for Thanksgiving 2006 and it was delicious. But, I made a cake from scratch for the first time recently, and it did not go as well. It looked great, but I would not use the word "great" to describe how it tasted. I've resolved to go back to boxed cake mix, and put my efforts into the decoration where I can actually do some good.
My favorite family cooking traditions
People are always surprised when I say that my dad does most of the cooking for holiday meals. "Does your mom get stressed out for Thanksgiving?" people will ask. Are you kidding me? No way! She, my sister, and I are all watching movies while my dad is basting the turkey and making mashed potatoes and gravy. Thanksgiving is probably the most relaxing day of the year for my mom!
My cooking triumphs
Ah, I remember it well ... I was twelve years old; I believe it was a Thursday and there was a chill in the air that night ... I pulled that seafood pasta bake out of the oven oh-so-carefully, and when we sat down to enjoy it ... so cheesy, creamy and seafoody (and I mean that in the very best way)... so very, very, delicious ... though I lost track of the recipe, each bite will live on in my memory forever ... ;)
My cooking tragedies
On my 30th birthday, I set fire to a cookie sheet full of French bread that I had only intended to toast. I had just finished cooking something else when I turned the oven to broil and underestimated how hot the top element already was. Chatting away with a friend, I was completely confused when I saw smoke coming through the burners and it wasn't until my friend yelled, "It's on fire!" pointing to the partially open oven door, that I realized what was happening. I swiftly yanked the baking sheet from the oven, dropped it into the sink, and cranked the faucet. Disaster averted. Moral of the story? Let other people cook for you on your birthday.
 
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