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norma d

norma d
Home Town: Erin, New York, USA
Living In: Elmira, New York, USA
Member Since: May 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
My mother never taught me to cook so I had to learn from my mistakes. Fortunately, most of my mistakes were palatable. Maybe not very appealing to the eye but edible just the same.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, especially cakes. I used to decorate cakes as a hobby. I love to make Italian foods and make them pretty well. I love Southwestern Dishes. I discovered this while my children were little and very picky. If I told them the dish was Mexican or Southwestern they would eat it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Are around the Holidays. My mother had Holiday traditions which I continued with my children. Every year I try to add something new or a twist on an old favorite just so that we dont have the same things over and over.
My cooking triumphs
were when I used to cater different events for the church that I attended at cost. The minister was so disappointed when I stopped attending that church. I had different members threaten to kidnap away from my husband.
My cooking tragedies
As I say I am fortunate that the cooking tragedies have been few and far between. My first was when I was first married back in 1982. The first homemade pizza I made was too saucy. We still managed to eat it though. Another was in 1993, I made a dish with nuts in it and ground them up too much. The chicken breasts looked like a bird had either vomitted or defecated on them. Still if you got past the appearance the chicken was good. In 1996, I made a stew for church and did not put in enough salt and had neglected to bring a shaker with me. Recently, I made a rice dish that was too salty.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Easy Ham and Noodles
Very Easy. I used Cheddar Cheese soup. I added 3 Tbsp finely chopped onion, 1 Tbsp dried parsley, 1/4 tsp each garlic powder, salt and pepper. and 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese. I also topped with 1/2 cup pretzel crumbs, 3 Tbsp melted margarine nd 3 Tbsp shredded Cheddar cheese.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 8, 2010
Tomato Curry Chicken
I adjusted this recipe in the following manner to cook it in my slow cooker. I used 2 cups cooked cubed chicken, 1 enveloped Lipton onion soup mix, 1 cup apple juice versus the beer called for, 2 teaspoons curry powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin. I also parboiled some small red potatoes(just enough to fill the bottom of a six quart Dutch oven, in one layer with 2 Tablespoons salt.) I cubed the potatoes and placed them on the bottom of the slow-cooker. I then put the cubed chicken on top of that. I then made the sauce and poured that over all. I cooked this on the lowest setting for five hours. The length of time allowed the flavors in the sauce to permate the chicken and the potatoes. It was just the right amount of spiciness for me.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 5, 2009
Mandarin Orange Cake I
I changed this recipe to make it in a Bundt pan I added 1 3.5 ounce) package of instant vanilla pudding. This makes the batter dense enough to put in a Bundt pan. I used a Butter Yellow Cake mix, instead of the vegetable oil, I used 1 cup melted margarine. Also because I was taking this cake to a picnic and the weather seemed to be against me using a whipped topping based frosting, I used a glaze. ORANGE GLAZE: Combine 4 Tbsp melted butter and 4 tsp orange extract. Beat in 4 Tbsp boiling orange segment juice, 2 cups sifted confectioner's sugar, 1/8 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. I used the very well drained, can drained then drained a second time on paper toweling, canned mandarin Orange Segments as decorations. Everyone who tried the cake at the picnic remarked that the cake was delicious and moist, just what every cake baker wants to hear.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 29, 2007

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