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Living In: Frederick, Maryland, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I'm a "late bloomer" or you could say, late marry-er. I'm 35, and (finally) marrying a wonderful man in a couple of months. I've never been a homemaker, and cooking has always been a necessity, not a pleasure. Before, I only cooked for my son and myself, and frankly, we'd eat anything. And we were just as apt to go out. I worked a lot, he had evening activities and I didn't have much time for cooking. Now I do. And my soon-to-be husband is a vegetarian! So I always need a new idea.
My favorite things to cook
I'll cook anything as long as it doesn't have too many steps. I'm leaning toward simple preparation, natural and "normal" ingredients - if it calls for wheat germ or any kind of root, forgetaboutit. I'm looking to keep it simple but I'd also like to have my family absolutely RAVE about it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmothers are the best cooks I know and neither of them would consider using a RECIPE. They are from the old school, they cook it the way their mother's taught them and it's really amazing - without a recipe and without measuring a single ingredient it comes out exactly as you expect every time. How do they do that?
My cooking triumphs
Can't say I have any of these really since I'm mostly only cooking vegetarian right now. Sometimes I do well enough there that the boys smile and eat it all up but nothing that measures up to my baked-barbecued chicken which had them fighting over the last 5 pieces...
My cooking tragedies
Thankfully none of these either. I seem to be able to get something good enough that they'll eat it!
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Oven Pancakes
I have tried several variations of this recipe because I like the idea of an oven pancake. This is my favorite of those recipes. Doesn't need so much better but works just fine with it. Can be topped with anything, I prefer syrup to confectioners' sugar. This is the one that went into my recipe box. Compared to other similar recipes this one has less eggs and this makes for a fluffier consistency that I prefer. Now a weekly staple at my house, everyone loves it.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 17, 2012
Calamari in a Creamy White Wine Sauce
Yummy. I'm always looking for new ways to serve seafood as my husband is a pescatarian (no meat, only seafood). I thought calamari would be a real challenge, and I expected to have to make an alternative meat dish for myself and my 12-year-old son. WRONG! We all loved the dish. I didn't have cherry peppers so I just left them out since previous reviewers thought it too hot anyway...I used a little extra red pepper flakes and a little extra garlic and went liberal with the parmesan when serving. Delicious! We all really loved it. I also used gemelli instead of fettucine and it worked well. I will use it again and I will get the cherry peppers because I think it will only make it better. Thanks!

14 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2008

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