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Home Town: Wenatchee, Washington, USA
Living In: Bellingham, Washington, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I've been cooking my whole life, it seems. Mom always said that with 4 kids, it was easier to teach us to help in the kitchen since we were going to be in there underfoot anyway. Besides cooking at home, I was also involved in 4H in a suburban club. My parents were 4H leaders and I was in all of the cooking, sewing and needlework groups. My brothers also raised rabbits so I helped with those as well. I grew up on a small orchard and we always had a big garden to tend as well. It seems we spent most of the summer canning, freezing and drying all of the fruits and veggies that we grew. I also entered lots of baked goods and my canning in the county fair. As one of my careers, I worked in a small restaurant/bakery where I worked as part time line cook and part time baker. I also worked as a cook at a summer church camp while I was going to college, where I cooked for 100 to 130 kids and counselors each week.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake all kinds of things but I am most famous for my muffins and breads. I also love to try to make my own Chinese foods and I am getting really good at stir fries and egg fu yung.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I like to bake several different types of cookies each year at Christmas to honor my grandmothers, who have passed on. For my Norwegian grandmother, I always make Spritz and for my other one from the Ukraine, I make Russian Tea Cakes. I also make several other kinds of cookies, fruit breads and fudge and I like to give cookie trays to friends and neighbors.
My cooking triumphs
I cooked my first full turkey dinner at the age of twelve. We were building a new house one summer and we had a framing crew up to frame the new place. Both my folks were working so I had to cook for everyone. I did a full turkey dinner, including pies for 20 people. Also, one year, I took part in a 4H bread baking competition at the county fair, placed first and got to go to the state fair, where I took a blue ribbon.
My cooking tragedies
Grabbing the wrong spice tin off the shelf once and adding cinnamon to the gravy instead of black pepper - interesting flavor but not one I would like to repeat. I also set fire to the wok once - luckily the lid was handy and no one was blocking the path to the driveway! No damage to the house or me but the wok needed a good scrubbing afterwards. Morale to that story - never turn your back on the wok after you add oil to the pan.
Recipe Reviews 58 reviews
Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch
Very good. I decreased the butter a bit and used about 1 tablespoon with Panko bread crumbs and some grated Parmesan cheese for the topping instead of the cheddar. I also added some thyme and lemon pepper to the sauce.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 22, 2010
Sour Cream Spritz
Excellent flavor. The dough was a bit soft so I had to chill it before pressing it. I tinted it red so I could tell them apart from the plain spritz on my cookie platters. They were a big hit with everyone. I will be adding these to my yearly list of favorite Christmas cookies.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 26, 2009
The Very Best Confetti Rice
I made just a couple of tweaks and this was really good. I added some minced onion and a little salt to the water when I cooked the rice. I toasted the slivered almonds in a dry skillet until they were browned before I added them to the cooked rice with the remaining ingredients. It made a nice change from plain rice.

28 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 21, 2009
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