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Home Town: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Living In: Michigan, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2006
Cooking Level: Not Rated
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
A stay-home mom of nine sweet kids (yes, all mine!), I don't cook as much as I'd like to. However, everyone's seemed to catch the cooking bug and I'm beginning to have some great help! New food allergies in one child have brought me into the "Gluten Free" world as well...always learning and experimenting...
My favorite things to cook
Dessert for my toothpick husband ("the way to a man's heart..."), but healthy stuff mostly. My ideal foods are whole-grain, all-natural, and low-fat, but colorful and zesty. (Of course most of those criteria go out the window for dessert, but I try!) Yeast breads, colorful vegetable dishes, varied cuisines, and homemade-rather-than-storebought foods--such as tortillas, gnocchi, crackers, yogurt, granola, etc.--seem to intrigue me most. I'm the one reading labels or appearing pensive at restaurants--I'm trying to decipher the recipe so I can recreate it at home! Other than that, I think I most enjoy turning "Cinderella" foods into "royalty": tofu, eggplant, and several other ingredients have turned into favorites...but still not liver, blechhh!
My favorite family cooking traditions
The fluffiest whole-grain pancakes on Saturday mornings at our house. We love to entertain guests for breakfast too, pulling out all the stops for pancake variations with special toppings and fruit. Stop by sometime!
My cooking triumphs
Nearly everything from this site! =) My favorite memory is the year we hosted Thanksgiving for a change. Absolutely everything was from scratch and very savory. The roasted rosemary sweet potatoes were so delicious that my down-south in-laws quietly remarked, "we could've brought the marshmallow casserole..." Guess not everyone enjoys a break from tradition :)
My cooking tragedies
Plenty enough to keep me humble! Green Chile (not jalapeno) brownies, just awful, no matter what the Frugal Gourmet promised...picture-perfect Roasted Turkey sliced at the table and dripping with bl--uh, yuckky red stuff... an eight-loaf batch of pumpkin bread batter crashing to the floor (she was "only trying to help!"... mistaking powdered sugar for instant flour when adding generously to my GRAVY!!!... and, just two nights ago, setting off the smoke alarm numerous times as my handmade butter pastry dripped off the pie and onto the oven floor -- did I mention it was midnight, and I was the only one up?
Recipe Reviews 242 reviews
Quick and Easy Pizza Crust
As good as takeout. QUICKER TIP: if using instant dry yeast, it can be mixed immediately into the flour mixture and ten minutes can be saved. Also next time I will double the salt, and if I have time I will let rise once first. Flat beer, I bet, would be an excellent sub for water for a yeasty flavor if otherwise following the recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 27, 2013
Gluten-Free Yellow Cake
Simply amazing, especially since we've been making it DAIRY FREE also!! Using almond milk for milk and beating egg-sugar-mayo very well has made a cake that could pass for regular! WOW!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 24, 2013
Slow Cooker Sauerkraut Pork Loin
Didn't use or need the broth. I do add plenty of chopped fresh cabbage to stretch the dish and lessen the saltiness, which in the end, is indetectable from the sauerkraut. My family loves this, and so easy.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 3, 2012
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