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Home Town: Delhi,, California, USA
Living In: Boise, Idaho, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Low Carb, Healthy
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Nov. 17, 2011 2:09 pm 
Updated: Nov. 20, 2011 2:26 am
The Holidays. An all encompassing phrase pretty much summing up November and December. I sometimes feel many think of November and Thanksgiving as the small town opening act for December with all its beautiful lights, frosty windows, secret letters to you know who, beautiful trees with lights… MORE
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About this Cook
Well, I'm a Boise, Idaho transplanted native originally from California. I grew up in San Jose until the 4th grade then the folks mover to the Turlock/Delhi area; about 80 miles south os Sacramento. I definitely believe there is still a lot of Californai Girl in me, but I do love Idaho. I am the mother of 2 and grandmother of 3. I like to read, Oh, especially old English Poetry. Lordy, I just melt when I read one of Shakespeare's sonnets or John Donne's poetry and Lord Byron. I enjoy sewing, crocheting, and quilting. I think life is taken way too seriously; sure there are serious things in life, but you still need to laugh. I also wish the world could just be one big "Brady Bunch". I am a hopeless optimist and figure things could be worse. And, I think everyday has the ability to be a good day. If you woke up alive and everyone you care about woke up alive then, it's a good day. Geeze, even a broken clock is right twice.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking challenging things. Not the every day stuff that you can do blindfolded. And I love to make my dishes look good. I'm not sure I have favorites. During the winter I like to make what I call one pan dinners. Stews, soups and things in large bubbly pans.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family doesn't have any long standing traditions but my husbands family does and I have, with the help of my sainted mother-in-law and sweetheart husband, learned to cook some of them. When his family gets together for the holidays, I love to help my sisters-in-law make the dinner. They are all German Mennonite and I love their traditions. They make dished for the holidays that they made before they came to America. That's cool.
My cooking triumphs
Having my mother-in-law ask me to bring a family favorite to a large family Christmas gathering when everyone else was raised in a German Mennonite commuinty and grew up with the food and I didn't.
My cooking tragedies
Somehow, I always seem to set fire to something during the holidays. It's usually the sweet potatoes either before they go into the oven or the marshmellows when I am going to toast them.
Recipe Reviews 31 reviews
Cornbread Chicken Pot Pie
This is really good. I've never had a pot pie with a cornbread topping. It was quite a change and quite good. I used left over Thanksgiving turkey. I bought cauliflower and broccoli for Thanksgiving dinner and didn't use all of it so I added a bag of frozen beggies to the mix and I used fat free soup. Out of curiosity I made it as directed the first time, but the second time I made it, I added 1/2 cup drained salsa, some shredded PepperJack along with the Cheddar Cheese, plus a table spoon of taco seasoning to the turkey mixture. For the veggies I used half a can of drained and rinsed black beans and the corn cut from 2 ears of corn. Wow. both ways were great and I will absolutely be making it again...both ways.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2011
Loaded Baked Potato Casserole
If there were 6 stars, I'd click on that one too. This was so good. I switched the green peas for broccoli florets and added more bacon. When it was finished cooking, I topped with some more crumbled bacon and shredded cheese. This recipe would be great to mess with because so many things taste great on a baked potato and I am sure it would be wonderful on the casserole. Good stuff, a keeper.

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2011
Campbell's(R) Healthy Request(R) Green Bean Casserole
We nade the healthy version of Green Bean Casserole and was pleasantly surprised at how much like the original. I did use frozen beans instead of fresh and had no problem getting them done. The family wondered why I went so light on the onions so next time, I will add a few more. This is quite good. I will make this from now on instead of the original.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 27, 2011
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