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Nana's Angels

Nana's Angels
Home Town: Dayton, Ohio, USA
Living In: Elmira, New York, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Genealogy, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am a mother of 5 boys and 1 girl, 15 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. My husband and I cook for 4 months every summer at our church's campground. Currently we're remodeling an 1875 farmhouse in another town. We both love to cook mainly down-home and bulk cooking. We often cook for out church fellowship dinners. Make-ahead bulk mixes really come in handy. Most everything we make is scratch but have lately began using quicker recipes using soups and mixes.
My favorite things to cook
I like mainly one-dish meals with vegetable sides. My husband is a baker but being with myself being diabetic, we're trying to find good baking recipes using Splenda.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Family style meals with our family and church family. We will cook every summer for 50 to 250 people per meal for weeks at a time. I mainly will do salads with my husband being head cook for the hot foods and desserts. I'm interested in finding some good vegetable and fruit salads to prepare for hundreds at a time. We have ran a boarding house, cooking dinners for an average of 17 people each meal. I love holiday meals but with an ever growing family, we've began more buffet-style meals that seem to work out great. Three of my boys cook with one cooking professional at an Italian restaurant. Some of his meals blow me away.
My cooking triumphs
The best recipes we have are the ones passed down from our families. They are traditional and not fancy. We are not fancy people or fancy cooks.
My cooking tragedies
I think the worst thing we've ever tried was when we tried to use Splenda instead of sugar in our favorite chocolate cake recipe. What a disaster! Since then, and with some research, we've learned a little about cooking with a nonsugar sweetener. (We still could use some hints.)---When we pack up from summer camp a lot of our foods get put into ziploc bags for the transit home. One year when making gravy for Thanksgiving, we grabbed the bag of confectioners sugar instead of the bag of corn starch. You can guess what that was like.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Blackberry Pie I
This pie is great! I was glad to see a recipe for a berry pie that didn't use cinnamon, etc. Pies should reflect the flavor of the berry and not added spices. You could use Ritz crackers and get the same flavor when spices overpower the fruit.-----I just hope that everyone has their own berry patch considering that a 3 oz. pkg. costs almost $4.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 23, 2008
Lemon Square Bars
Very good! I lost my Lemon Bar recipe when my kids started raiding my recipes. This sounded similar so I tried it. The consistency was good and the flavor was too. The only problem I had (if you consider it a problem) was they wanted to kinda fall apart when I went to take them out of the pan. All I did was eat the first row, and put the pan in the refrigerator for a short time and they came out fine. I'd definitely make them again & not just for my Christmas tray. Would be great at Easter time too.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2007
Pennsylvania Dutch Pickled Beets and Eggs
I like this recipe except I use less cloves and l bay leaf. It's great to have on hand being diabetic. There's always a quick protein around for me to grab when I feel a little low.

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Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2007

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