Nichole Profile - (1467323)

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Home Town: Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2003
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Low Carb, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I have an 8 year old daughter and 7 year old and 3 year old sons. I'm always looking for new ideas for kid friendly and healthy foods. I like to try new things and expose my children to things I never had growing up. Baking with my kids is always a lot of fun, too (gives me an excuse to cook up things that I would normally feel guilty about - haha).
My favorite things to cook
I will try anything once! I must say that I enjoy baking first and foremost, though. BUT - I have yet to delve wholeheartedly into baking bread from scratch (other than quick breads). Something about yeast and waiting and kneading, etc scares me. Ok, I'll be honest, I'm just a little lazy. I've told my DH on more than 1 occasion that I need a bread machine. I also love cooking "down home" country dishes - my father worked on farms when I was little. Pot pies, meatloaf and mashed potates, apple pie - yum!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love cooking big holiday meals. There's nothing better than the smell of a fresh pumpkin pie or the warm comforting first bite of homemade stuffing. Baking Christmas cookies and decorating them with the children is a thrill. I also really get into celebrating Halloween and pretty much the entire Autumn season, so our household eats a lot of pumpkin, apples, and other harvest goodies.
My cooking triumphs
Making better lasagna, pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes than my mom. Sorry mom! Go me! I'm also quite proud of myself for making veggies interesting whenever I can. Go figure - everyone is more apt to eat them up when they go beyond "plain". lol
My cooking tragedies
I've had many and I continue to! I don't expect to be perfect or successful in every single thing I try. For example, a recent tragedy was not spraying my dish before baking cornbread - boo hiss!
Recipe Reviews 151 reviews
Whole Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe
Great chicken - came out flavorful and moist. Everyone enjoyed it. I just had some leftovers for lunch and its still just as good. The only change I made was because I didn't have onion powder, I used onion salt and then cut down on the sea salt I used to season it. A keeper recipe for sure.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 18, 2014
Spaghetti Squash I
Fantastic, healthy and simple. I prepared the squash as I normally do by baking it in the oven at 350 for 30 mins or so, halved in some water in a roasting dish.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 7, 2013
Sauteed Carrots and Leeks
I had some leftover leeks in the fridge I had not a clue to do with and wasn't in the mood for soup so came across this little gem of a recipe. My leeks were kind of medium/small sized and I had 3 in the fridge so I just used them all. The only other thing I did differently was nix the sugar (diabetic husband, and I didn't feel it needed it). First of all, this smelled really good in the pan. My husband came in the kitchen and said it smelled awesome. It did take a bit longer than the 15 minutes stated for all my liquid to evaporate and everything to come together, but no biggie. It was time well spent. My picky kids didn't take to it much, but the husband and I literally devoured the rest of the pan with our dinner. Fantastic. This may be my new favorite way to make leeks.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 28, 2013
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