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Laurie Gonzales

Laurie Gonzales
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Living In: Bremerton, Washington, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Reading Books, Music
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Laurie at Butchart
Beef Wellington
Halibut, steelhead and cod
Halibut, Steelhead and Cod
Swiss Steak
About this Cook
I've been cooking so long I don't even remember learning. By the time I was eight I could make a family meal. Although cooking is fun, I hate the clean up! Most of what I cook lately has to do with time and energy: anything quick, easy to make, very little time in the kitchen. I would love to be home all the time to create masterpieces in my kitchen, but unfortunately I have to go to work every day!
My favorite things to cook
I love to make home-made spaghetti sauce and home-made pasta to match. Casseroles are also one of my specialties. You can't beat making a one-pot meal for easy clean up.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas I spend hours in the kitchen making all kinds of cookies and candies. I especially like the no-bake kinds that go together quickly, and get eaten just as fast.
My cooking triumphs
One of the best meals I ever made was a steak-and-shrimp, six course dinner, created and served for my brother and his wife in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. I spend weeks planning it and cooked all day, and it was worth it! My daughter thinks I missed my calling and should have been a professional.
My cooking tragedies
When I was about 8 years old I was making home-made cocoa and accidentally tipped the salt box into the mix. I made the cocoa anyway and pretended there was no problem, but the saltiness could not be hidden from my family!
Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Homemade Baking Mix
Homemade baking mixes, like this one, are a great shortcut for busy cooks. All the flavor and convenience of Bisquick with none of the preservatives. For the two users who gave the recipe a lower rating because you don't know what to do with it: use it as a substitute for any recipe that calls for Bisquick.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 12, 2014
Rhubarb Cake I
This was actually a lot better than I thought it would be. I made it as is, except put one teaspoon cinnamon in the batter and one teaspoon in the topping (instead of all of it in the topping). I was planning on taking it to work but a third of it disappeared over night. It is nice and moist, very delicious.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 12, 2011
Cranberry Dip
I would start by ignoring any reviewers that did not follow the directions and gave it less than 5 stars. The recipe clearly says to pour the sauce over the cream cheese so make sure you do that. The sauce is great as a dip with the cream cheese, or you can use it as a relish. Great recipe as-is!

73 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 12, 2010
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