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Member Since: Jun. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books
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About this Cook
I collect recipes and recipe books but hardly ever make anything from them. I love to cook but don't take the time to cook something other then t.v. dinners. I have a NuWave oven and it's really nice but I don't use it as much as I should. It has encouraged me to cook more since I got it, though.
My favorite things to cook
I love to steam vegetables. And then I can use leftovers to make home-made tuna helper. I love to make mac and cheese. Mine is so rich my brother-in-law wouldn't eat it. And I love to make candy but really shouldn't eat it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I can remember my mother making potato pancakes for us. My sister could eat a dozen. She also made a from scratch chocolate sheet cake with no recipe. I never figured out how she did it. She used a pressure cooker to make a roast and vegetables. I don't eat beef anymore. Then she would make hash from the remaining roast.
My cooking triumphs
After I bought my NuWave oven, I finally roasted a whole chicken which I had never done before. It turned out beautifully. I feel everytime I make mac and cheese it's always a triumph. I also don't use a recipe but just know how in my head.
My cooking tragedies
I had just bought a new micro-wave oven and burned something in it, (don't remember just what) but it smelled for a month afterward no matter what I tried to get rid of the smell. I also burned my 5 minute fudge recipe when I forgot and thought it was my 20 minute fudge recipe.
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Potato Pancakes I
I was looking for a recipe for potato pancakes like my mother made years ago. Several of the reviews said to "grate" the potatoes and not shred them but they didn't mention how to grate them. Use the smallest side of your box grater. The potatoes should be like a mush. Then grate the onions the same way using regular onions not green. Putting the grated potatoes in a sieve was a new one for me but sounds like good advice if you will also press down on the potatoes after they have dripped off on their own. My mother fried them in bacon grease so I guess she got more flavor in them that way. She cooked them in an iron skillet. I have never made them successfully like she did because I think I'm afraid to get the pan hot enough. The four pictures of this recipe all showed shredded potatoes. If I ever make them successfully, I will send you a picture.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2010
To Die For Blueberry Muffins
I made these muffins yesterday. They didn’t come out exactly right but it was my fault. I wanted to use buttermilk instead of whole milk but I didn’t have any in the house so I used a powdered buttermilk combined with water. Big mistake!! I put frozen blackberries in because that’s all I had. I also used a regular muffin tin because I don’t own the jumbo kind. I got 18 muffins from the mix by filling each cup ½ full. The muffins rose just below the level of the paper cups. In the first 12 muffins I forgot to add oil. I did add about 2 ozs of applesauce but that wasn’t enough, evidently. I also forgot to put the topping on the first 12. I made cinnamon and sugar and then put it on after they came out of the oven. Another big mistake!! I put some oil in the last of the dough and made 6 more. I put the topping on them and they came out alright except they weren’t very big. The paper cups seem quite small. The cups in the pan seemed larger. I have one question I ’d like someone to answer. When you use the paper cups do you spray oil inside the paper cups? The dough sticks to them pretty good. I also reduced the baking powder as you would for high altitude. Another big mistake!! Next time I will use real buttermilk, the full amount of baking powder, and put more dough in each cup. I ’ll use oil instead of using any applesauce. The texture of the first batch was coarse and the second with the oil added was fine textured. But they tasted go

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 23, 2009
Chocolate Waffles I
For some of the people who said they couldn't taste the chocolate flavor, try using chocolate milk instead of white milk and also use the Hot Chocolate Sauce that came with the Gingerbread Waffles. Update: I made these waffles this morning and used a European Style of Cocoa, chocolate milk, and 1/2 t. cinnamon, to enhance the chocolate flavor. I don't think I really needed that cinnamon. The cocoa was strong enough added to the chocolate milk. They were really cholatety. But next time I will try it with white milk and no cinnamon to see if that cocoa is strong enough.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 23, 2009
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