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Home Town: West Sand Lake, New York, USA
Living In: Clifton Park, New York, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Hobbies: Gardening, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
Recently married for the first time at 40+, and have always enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Hubby and I just bought a new home big enough to host family get-togethers. I love experimenting with new recipes I find on-line, even when entertaining. Family = test group.
My favorite things to cook
Brunch: Baked dishes prepared the night before. Dinner: Grilled fish, beef, chicken; pasta dishes and fresh veggies with everything! Comfort foods like meatloaf are a favorite of my Dad and my Aunt, both of whom join us for dinner often. I enjoy cooking what others enjoying eating!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom isn't much of a cook. With 5 children, she cooked more out of necessity. Now my parents enjoy dinner at my home, and I always make sure to send left overs home with them. It's my turn to "take care" of them, and most of the time they are open to my new recipes!
My cooking triumphs
My cooking triumph started out as a tragedy. I was baking a cake at midnight for a party the following day when the oven shut off and we discovered smoke in the basement! I sent the half baked cake with my 'then fiance' to finish baking at his parents' house at 2am. The cake turned out delicious and looked so good people thought I'd bought it at a bakery!
My cooking tragedies
Had just moved into a new apartment and had invited my family over for breakfast. In the midst of preparing it I discovered my oven/stove did not work!!! No problem, we went out to breakfast instead.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Grandma's Cranberry-Orange Gelatin Salad
I made this for an Elks organization fund raiser. Made 4X the original recipe. It kept well, and was a HUGE hit! Everyone loved it!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 18, 2009
BLT Pasta Salad
Big hit at summer picnic. I took others' suggestion and added peas. Also added more Bacon Ranch dressing right before serving so it was creamy and full of flavor!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 25, 2009
Alfredo Sauce
Big hit at our recent party! Since we had 20+ people, I adjusted serving size to 12 and added chopped carrots, broccoli and zucchini 10 min. before sauce was done. It was enough to yield 2 lbs. of pasta and everyone raved about it!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 7, 2008

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