Penny Profile - (10144402)

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Home Town: Murray, Nebraska, USA
Living In: Norcross, Georgia, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Needlepoint, Gardening, Boating, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Married with two nearly grown children, my daughter is 20 and my son is 18 and both are great cooks! I've been cooking since I was a kid and love to experiment with new recipes and making up a few of my own (or at least making substitutions on recipes I find! Became disabled almost 3 years ago due to an MRSA infection on my entire spinal cord so I am now unable to do much cooking, fortunately the kids were taught to be great cooks so they have taken over my job for the most part.
My favorite things to cook
My favorites have always been Italian recipes but I do like to try a little Mexican every now and then, otherwise I was raised on the farm and do alot of traditional midwestern farm style cooking and have the habit of making it look like I'm feeding the hired hands too!
My favorite family cooking traditions
About 5 years ago we started the tradition of Prime Rib at Christmas. Because of the high cost of the roast I only do it at Christmas but we've gotten very good at it!
My cooking triumphs
Our Christmas Prime Rib
My cooking tragedies
I can't think of any right offhand but after this many years I'm sure when I was first married at 20 I probably had a few!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Chocolate Cheesecake II
Decided to make this for a Christmas dessert. Extremely good. Saw the comments on topping being too hard and heavy. Cut the chocolate chips to 1 cup and then let it stiffen in the fridge overnight before pulling it out a few hours before I was going to serve it and it had softened. EXCELLENT recipe though.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 25, 2009
Excellent Broccoli Cheese Soup
I had to go buy a larger pot to make this for my family it's so great!! When making it in my standard 6 qt. dutch oven (making 12 servings) it would disappear so fast! This is a fabulous base for any cheese soup. As a broccoli soup it is wonderful so we decided to use the base for and try a potato soup and that turned out amazing as well. Tonight we made it as potato soup and used 1 cup of margarine and 1 cup of flour. We then use 7 cups of chicken stock and 7 cups of milk, 2 lbs of velveeta and 8 cups of shredded mild cheddar then added steamed potatoes, saut├ęd onions and some shredded carrots. We always add more broccoli than it calls for when we make the broccoli soup and we like the broccoli stems chopped pretty fine. I really can't rave about this enough as it is a huge hit with my whole family. I'm thinking of trying it next time with cauliflower! I'll let you know how it turns out but I'm sure it will be great too. Also just to let you know we only lightly salt the veggies when we steam them then only use about 1/4 to a 1/2 of tsp of salt or it can get too salty but I do increase the pepper just a bit. If you haven't tried this yet please do. You'll be so happy you did!

78 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 8, 2008
Beef Stroganoff II
Very tasty and flavorful. We did use about a cup of water which might have been a little bit much but it turned out great anyway. We couldn't find the paprika and omitted it as well but I didn't have noticed. I will either marinate the meat or slow cook it next time to have it be a little more tender but overall everyone loved it. My husband nearly faints any time we add sour cream to anything but he loved it too. It is fast and easy and we'll make this a regular at our house! Thanks for the recipe!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2007

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