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Nancy Bowman

Nancy Bowman
Home Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
Living In: Monroe, Washington, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Walking, Reading Books, Genealogy, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I'm married to a wonderful man and we have 10 children ... two gorgeous granddaughters and a very handsome grandson. We have two weddings coming up in 2011, one in May and one in July ... so hopefully we'll have more grandbabies to spoil (we're good at that) Most of the children are in northern California, specifically the East Bay Area but our oldest daughter, her hubby and our grandson live nearby in the Seattle area of the Pacific Northwest. I am in my early 60's and hands down, this is the most wonderful age to be and I'm the happiest I've ever been. Sharing my life with the LOVE of my life, retired and lots of family... Life just can't get much better than that!
My favorite things to cook
I love chicken and fish dishes, my husband prefers vegetarian so I'm getting better with that. We entertain quite a bit so I'm good with appetizers and desserts and love to throw parties (I'm an old event planner).
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving: Our oldest daughter's birthday sometimes lands on this day and she loves my rum cake for her "birthday" cake. Christmas: COOKIES!!!! Easter: As with all holidays and special occasions, gather as many people and children as possible and have everyone bring something ... from flowers to wine and from extra chairs to cake. It's a family affair at our home!
My cooking triumphs
A 4-tiered wedding cake, my first go at it and it was a smash hit; making hors d'oeuvres, main meal and desserts for 40 guests a few years ago - I was exhausted but it was a fabulous success; decorated Christmas cookies delivered to a couple of board and care facilities ... made the people there very happy.
My cooking tragedies
Only 1000 characters are allowed in this space for SO MUCH STUFF! Where to begin? Burned appetizers at a dinner party (no one's returned from THAT one!); cooking the giblet sack inside the turkey one Christmas and getting the biggest laugh from the family when I pulled it out at the table! ... ugh, so many more ... but I keep on trying and my successes far outweigh my disappointments.
Recipe Reviews 19 reviews
Mexican Bean Salad
This is an awesome recipe! I made it as written BUT, didn't have chili powder so used some Sriracha sauce, and voila! worked like a charm. Remember to taste as you go if you use that stuff, though ... the heat will sneak up on you. Also, I put half the bean mixture into a gallon plastic bag - then dumped half the dressing on it, then filled it with the rest of the beans/peppers/onion and poured the last of the dressing over everything. 'Massaged' it all to get everything coated and stuck it into the fridge overnight (although I did pull out a little a couple hours later just to see if it was okay and happily, it tasted wonderful) The finished product is something your family and friends will definitely appreciate - it went over really well with my husband and he's not what you'd call a huge bean fan.

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Reviewed On: May 18, 2014
Corned Beef and Cabbage I
Lovely people, This recipe is wonderful written 'as is' - but I'd like to speak to those of you who are aggravated about people changing up the recipe and then rating it, since 'changing it up' really doesn't give you an accurate review of the recipe as written. I have this to offer: Some of us use what's on-hand rather than going out and buying ingredients specific to the recipe. I find this very helpful on occasion because 1) you might not have to go shopping if you use the substitutes or 2) you can learn a different way to use a spice or other ingredient - which only makes you a better cook. Also - I've found a few recipe reviewers who have taken allergies into consideration. Sometimes those 'change ups' can be invaluable and save time when you don't have to scour the Internet trying to find a way to omit a certain ingredient but still get the full effect of the dish. I, too, am sometimes frustrated with the review system - but if you try to understand where the reviewer is coming from, sometimes you can make a 'just okay' dish into something completely out of your original realm of thinking. Tolerance, folks ... just by the mere fact that people take the time to review dishes, even if they do change them a bit, shows they care enough to share their information with you. Happy cooking!

19 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 12, 2014
Slow Cooker Beef Stew I
Oh. My. Goodness! This is THE best crock pot beef stew EVER. I followed Corinne's additions from her October 10, 2006 post and you will absolutely never have to use another recipe again for beef stew. It's not, however, a dish I'd try to throw together before walking out the door in the morning - a little pre-prep would be needed if you're planning to do that. But I browned the beef and got everything into the crock pot within about 40-minutes from start to finish (including cleaning veggies and cutting them up) I didn't think 40-minutes was all that bad. In the original recipe you don't have to brown the beef and I'll probably try that the next time just to see if there's a difference in taste - but this recipe with Corinne's corrections is absolutely guest-ready ... including those who knit-pick at what you serve (we all have 'those' people in our families) I'd give this six stars if I could.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 24, 2013

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