Mary Anne Profile - (10127824)

Mary Anne

Mary Anne
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Living In: Morgan Hill, California, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Southern, Nouvelle, Healthy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Music, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I am a working mother of five children ranging in age from 26 to 2 years old and a grandmother of three grandchildren. I started my love for food and cooking healthy meals while growing up the daughter of a starving artist where food was scarce and much appreciated when we had it. My father was a health nut and my mother had a major sweet tooth. Between the two of them I was exposed to a wide variety of flavor. Since my husband of 20 years had a heart attack and cancer my focus has been more on educating myself about how food interacts with our body and have changed my thinking about a lot of things. I am finding that food can be fun, tasty and that we can glean every bit of health from it if the right choices and preparations are made. I plan on keeping my husband and my family healthy and enjoying their food for years to come.
My favorite things to cook
I am usually into new things But I do have a few favorites. Usually anything that incorporates a lot of fresh vegetables, healthful oils such olive and walnut. One thing that we do like to have for breakfast is spaghetti squash hashbrowns, topped with a poached egg and feta cheese on a bed of fresh spinach. Sometimes, I add some fresh tomatoes and basil from the garden. Another favorite in our house is split pea soup or a quick vegetable beef soup or tortelinni soup. Another is an herbed Turkey breast where you place fresh herbs, dijon mustard, olive oil under the skin of the breast and bake.
My favorite family cooking traditions
baking together at christmas time. My oldest comes over and we bake gingerbread cookies for the kids to decorate and all the other christmas favorites. Another fun tradition is every Father's day we go to pick Olloliberries and come home to make pies or save them for canning later. Usually several of my friends and I will get together in one kitchen and do all kinds of canning. Being together, chatting and working makes it so much more fun.
My cooking triumphs
Winning First place at the County fair for my Raspberry lemon muffins. Timing main dishes with sides has always been a challenge for me so finally being able to time everything so that it all comes out at the same time. Also, just learning some of the science behind cooking and the basic facts has helped me be creative in my cooking. I am now always tweaking some recipe because I have the base knowledge of cooking; browning meat before baking to seal in flavor or not overcooking stir fry vegetables etc. But probably the biggest triumph has been lowering my husbands blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as helping him to love healthier foods.
My cooking tragedies
Having a large party at my home and placing a lasagna in a cold oven only to find out an hour later it wasn't cooked. We sent out for pizza. Or following a recipe misprint and adding a cup of dry oregano to the dish. I should have trusted my taste experience and common sense. It was horrible and I had to throw the whole thing out.
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Gingered Pork Chops in Orange Juice
My family loved this and my teenager wants me to cook it again. I was surprised at how tender the meat was but this may be due to the fact that I used thin pork chops instead of thick. I added some garlic powder to the flour and chopped garlic to the onion saute. To add thickness to the sauce, I sprinkled the remaining flour mixture onto the browned pork chops and mixed it in with the orange juice sauce. Because the pork chops were thinner, I reduced the cooking time to 30 minutes. the chops were so tender and tasty.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 30, 2008

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