Marianne Profile - (10848063)


Home Town: Utah, USA
Living In: California, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Nov. 24, 2014 8:37 am 
Updated: Nov. 27, 2014 4:53 am
I don’t remember a time when I have used aluminum foil other than Reynolds, and that’s been 50 years of cooking and baking.  Every once in a while I’d try another product, most recently one from a very popular big box store.  I couldn’t wait until that product was gone from my kitchen, though… MORE
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My cream cheese chocolate cake
About this Cook
As a child of Swedish parents who always cooked, I have always loved to serve up my love to others through food--just like my folks. Most of my favorite family memories are a result of meals, families sitting around the table talking, parties with good food, good wine, sparkling conversations.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite foods depend on the time of year, the occasion, and my hankerings. I'm easily coerced into changing my mind by mere suggestions (I am Libra rising): a bit of meat--yum; a pancake--I'm ready; potatoes--now what! Desserts, well, that's a whole new ball of wax! Whew!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Swedish pancakes are really a trademark I copied from my mother. These crepe-like pancakes are cooked on a cast iron griddle, spotted with sour cream and jam, rolled up and then sprinkled with syrup. I dare you to eat just one!
My cooking triumphs
When I cook vegetables and am actually able to eat them, I consider that to be a triumph! I grew up with a botanist father who grew EVERY single vegetable possible and could NOT for the life of me eat them. I'm the only one of four children who would sit at the table for hours until I finally convinced them I wouldn't eat. Now, only a few, and then mostly only raw.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married more than 40 years ago, I bought a bag of peanuts from someone "giving" them away for some charitable organization. Naive, yes. I made a meatloaf (supposedly a very good recipe) using those stale, sour nuts and ended up throwing the "result" against the sink when my husband suggested that perhaps this was not really an edible meal. I have since learned better ways to handle disappointments!
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Joy's Easy Banana Bread
I used 2 1/2 bananas that came to 1 1/3 cups of mashed to make this bread, and the sugar I used was Sugar in the Raw organic cane sugar. The bread itself turned out to be a smaller loaf than what I've made in the past, and it was easy to make because of the few ingredients it called for. It is especially good toasted with butter because the outside gets crunchy. I would definitely make this again! Thanks, Joy!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 22, 2015
Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and Honey Chevre Spread
This is my review from 2/24/10---and it STILL remains a favorite of ours! This is a spread I have made countless times. The flavor is subtle and delectable and is suited to a variety of breads or crackers. I usually make it in small batches, using the 4- or 5-oz packages of chevre because there are usually just the two of us! It is a perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine before dinner. When my youngest granddaughter sees it now, she just goes nuts because she can hardly wait for tastes! I could never thank Celeste enough for aiding my new addiction to meyer lemon olive oil--could never be without it! And this is a perfect way to use it!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 16, 2015
Quick Cinnamon Rolls
Rolls turned into coffee cake because I couldn't make the dough roll up! I spread the dough on a very well floured piece of parchment paper using a spatula because there was no way of rolling it because it was so wet. I ended up just plopping pieces into the prepared pan and baked it as written. In her personal recipe Shauna said that she has trouble rolling out dough. I usually don't, but with this recipe she is not alone! I loved the crunch of the generous cinnamon sugar on the bottom of the "rolls" and the taste is good, though I was a little put off by not having the usual yeast rolls. I know this will be gone in a heartbeat as soon as my family gets hold of it! This was an experiment worth making!

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Reviewed On: Apr. 11, 2015
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