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Mary McCarthy

Mary McCarthy
Home Town: Braintree, Massachusetts, USA
Living In: Lakeville, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking
Hobbies: Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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Camping in the White Mountains
About this Cook
I share a small home with my dog, Mollie and my cat, Mikie. I am an accountant for a local company and, I love my job! In my spare time, I love to go camping in the mountains with my very best friend in the world. I am active in my Church and, volunteer in a veterans' home once a month.
My favorite things to cook
Since I live alone and don't have company too often, I make a couple of casseroles each week and freeze them in small portions to eat for lunch and dinner. My passion, however, is baking. I love to bake fresh bread when I have time and, recently I have been trying new cookie recipes. These experiments are consumed with great pleasure by the residents of a local veterans' home when I visit and, of course by myself and my best friend-other half.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was the ultimate home economist. She never wasted a thing and, could make terrific meals out of any assortment of leftovers. I try to emulate her but, I don't come close!
My cooking triumphs
I would have to say that my fresh baked bread (from scratch - no bread machine!)is the best thing that I make. I make an oatmeal-cornmeal yeast bread that is out of this world!
My cooking tragedies
I don't think I have ever had a real cooking tragedy but, one time, I did enter the kitchen to find my cat on the counter calmly consuming the chicken I was just about to put into the oven to serve to guests. I threw away the chicken the cat had "gotten to" and stretched the meal somehow.
Recipe Reviews 92 reviews
Chinese Cabbage Salad I
This is definitely a keeper! I was looking for something I could bring to a pot-luck on short notice with not much time to cook, and this was perfect! It was quick, easy and delicious. I didn't know what to do with the seasoning packet that came with the noodles, so I threw it away. I think next time, I'll follow the reviewer's idea of sprinkling it on the cashews and noodles as they toast. Anyway, thanks for this recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 9, 2008
Catherine's Spicy Chicken Soup
This was good, though I did modify it a little. I left out the salt and cut back on the bouillon (3 cubes) and chili powder (2 T). Also, I had some leftover chopped green bell pepper, so I threw that in. Next time I make it, I will go with all diced tomatoes. I agree with other reviewers - those whole tomatoes seem a little out of place. It's a good soup for a cold day! Thanks!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 1, 2008
Heavenly Potatoes and Ham
This was fabulous! I made no changes except that I used white potatoes instead of red, and didn't bother to drizzle butter on top before baking. It is true that the full recipe wouldn't fit into my 13 x 9 pan, so I used a small roaster pan instead, and that worked out great. I'll certainly make this again!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 29, 2008

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