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Prospective PhD

Prospective PhD
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Member Since: Oct. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Hobbies: Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm currently working on a PhD in psychology, but cooking gives me a release and helps me to pursue a passion outside of my work. If grad school doesn't work out, I know I'll still have my cooking to come back to. :)
My favorite things to cook
I have a huge sweet tooth so whether it's a cookie-baking extravaganza or a four layer chocolate raspberry cake I'm always ready to dive into something bad for me. I also recently got a breadmaker so I've been loving the opportunity to make my own breads, baquettes, focaccia, and even pitas! Yum.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was actually a pretty terrible cook, mostly because she has ADHD and can't stay in the kitchen long enough to keep things from burning. ;) That being said, she did teach me how to make my great grandmother's absolutely perfect pumpkin pie.
My cooking triumphs
Tonight I made the Carmel Apple Porkchop recipe and it was absolutely amazing! I've never tasted pork chops so melt in your mouth tender. Delicious! Coming from a family that didn't cook it has been a really gratifying experience to learn how to prepare beautiful and delicious meals on my own. It's important for me to one day bring my own family together around the table to share dishes they will remember forever. So every dish I make is a triumph!
My cooking tragedies
Sweet potato casserole has always been my cooking arch-nemesis. I've had casseroles with pools of butter in the center, sweet potatoes that turned brown, and marshmallows that shrunk into tiny burned bits. No matter the recipe, something is always not quite as perfect as I would like... Also, I struggle with overcooking meat since we never really ate it growing up and I've never quite learned how to make the perfect steak.
Recipe Reviews 27 reviews
Baked Split Chicken Breast
This is my recipe so I just wanted to offer a few more helpful tips! Tip #1: Feel free to add more herbs and spices to taste-- I often up the rosemary and add in dried thyme or oregano, Tip #2: To get an extra crispy skin switch the oven to broil on high heat for the last 5-10 minutes of cooking, and Tip #3: This chicken also tastes great the next day so feel free to make extra for sandwiches, soups, tacos, or chicken pot pie.

363 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 11, 2013
Lower Sugar Spicy All-Day Apple Butter
This apple butter is the best!

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 20, 2012
Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
I've never been a big fan of apple pie but this recipe has converted me. All I can say is Wow!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 21, 2011
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