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Living In: Arizona, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Not Rated
Cooking Interests: Baking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert
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About this Cook
Cooking is therapy for me, especially baking. I can spend hours fooling around in the kitchen, my laptop sitting on the island counter with a new recipe at the ready. Even though my mom always cooked and we rarely ate out, I never really learned to cook or enjoyed it until my mid-thirties. I suddenly (and unexpectedly) became a mom, put my career on hold, and starting staying home with the babies. I always thought I was inept in the kitchen, so I stayed away from too much cooking, but suddenly I needed to feed those kids! Well, a few messes and mistakes later, and much to my surprise, I discovered I loved cooking and was actually pretty good at it. Now, I not only cook all the time, I cook for family, friends, neighbors, and even occasionally do a little catering when asked. Never say never!
My favorite things to cook
Anything I can bake, from pies and cakes to cookies to breads gets top billing in my kitchen, but I also enjoy making old family favorites, and putting a new spin on them. I like trying to find interesting ways to prepare vegetables to get the kids to eat them. I've discovered that the key is to just keep putting them on the table, without forcing them to eat them, and eventually they come around!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas when I was a little girl, my grandmother made sugar cone Christmas trees with all the grandkids. We'd glob bright green icing all over the inverted cones and then decorate them with all the little goodies Grandma had put in bowls for us to use, like red hots and silver dragees. They were too sweet to eat, but such fun to make with all the cousins. Looking back, I have to wonder if Grandma was occupying the little ones so my mom and aunts could prepare the meal! Now, my mom has a special holiday baking time with my kids (and they usually do the Christmas trees, too), and I hope someday to carry on the tradition with their kids.
My cooking triumphs
One that comes to mind right away would be the first time I was asked (allowed?) to cook the Thanksgiving turkey many years after my first fiasco (see below), and it turned out so gorgeous and juicy and flavorful. I totally redeemed myself! Since then, I've been asked to prepare it almost every year.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married and very young, I tried to cook the Thanksgiving turkey, but didn't know (since I didn't cook, and had never used it) that the oven in our little house didn't get hot enough. After cooking for hours and hours and still not being done, my mother-in-law took pity on me and came to help out. She realized what the problem was right away, and took it to her house to finish it. I have to say, though, my new in-laws were very kind and sweet, and didn't even complain about the late meal. And they ate that dry, tough bird with a smile and a compliment!
Recipe Reviews 122 reviews
Ninety Minute Cinnamon Rolls
I usually make a cinnamon roll recipe that rises overnight in the refrigerator, but in the hustle and bustle this year I forgot to make them. I woke up about 2 hours before the kids and realized I'd goofed. I found this recipe and thought it was worth a shot. I received so many compliments on these - my nieces and nephews argued over the last couple of rolls. They were tender and soft, perfectly cinnamon-y and rose to be light and fluffy. I'm switching recipes permanently!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2013
Classic Goulash
My teen daughter, who is just beginning to cook, made this for dinner last night. We were out of bay leaves (which is extremely unusual) so she left that out, and she reduced the seasoning salt by 1/3 to 2 tsps. She also used a little more ground beef than called for to use up the package. I haven't had this dish for many, many years, but we all enjoyed it, including my two nephews who joined us for dinner. It was kid-friendly, easy comfort food.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 11, 2013
Kentucky Biscuits
So easy and so good. I added a little more salt, but otherwise followed the recipe. They rose nicely, were lightly crispy on the bottom and edges, and were pillowy soft on the inside. Really great with homemade blackberry jam!

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Reviewed On: Aug. 17, 2013

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