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Home Town: Along The Clearwater, Idaho, USA
Living In: America's Best Kept Secret, Idaho, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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It's Moo!
About this Cook
I'm married to a one of a kind, terrific guy and I live in one of the most beautiful areas on earth! I love to crochet, hiking, swimming, reading, sewing and road trips. In addition to my husband, I have two wonderful grown stepsons, a dog and I'm my own boss.
My favorite things to cook
My husband is 6 foot 2, muscular and in great shape but unfortunately type II diabetes runs in his family and he was diagnosed with it about 6 years ago so I base our eating habits on what he can eat and still keep his blood sugar under good control. There's TONS of great recipes that can be made diabetic friendly. It's a great way to eat even if you don't have diabetes. I concentrate on recipes with complex carbs/high fiber, a good glycemic index rating and little or no refined sugars. I've learned to appreciate "whole", nonprocessed foods a lot more than before. They payoff is more energy and feeling great.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother made the best bread I've ever had. I don't bake that much using yeast so lately that's where my attention has been. I grew up in a rural area and we always had a garden. I thank God for that because it instilled in me an appreciation for the great taste of fruits, vegetable and whole grains. I haven't always eaten healthy things but more and more since I got married, we are making better food choices. You can eat well and it really can taste GOOD.
My cooking triumphs
I was able to get my husband's type II diabetes in control very quickly and keep it there for over 5 years now. I have been asked to speak to diabetic support groups about what has worked for my husband.
My cooking tragedies
It's been awhile since I had a tragedy but I admit that sometimes during the holidays my stuffing doesn't always turn out the way I'd like. Maybe cook more and talk less or something until I have it made. Also, once during the holidays I was having to put overtime in at my old job and to save time, decided to take a "shortcut" and make quick breads using a mix and just "doctor" it up. YUCK! The banana bread had no flavor and a saw-dusty texture. So embarrassing!
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Idaho Finger Steaks
My husband and I just didn't care for the taste. Also, we never heavily salt our food or eat very many processed type foods that tend to have a lot of added salt/sodium and so the salt content here was just too much. At first I thought that was why we didn't like the recipe so after I cooked the first few fingersteaks, I remade the batter using much less salt but then found the herbs to be too prominent. Just not our cup of tea. I did think the batter was a very good texture though. It clung well to the meat and crisped up nicely.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 4, 2010
Cream Cheese Frosting II
Love this frosting! It's rich and has a creamy texture that's different from most frostings. I made it using 16 oz of fat free cream cheese and 2 cups of confectioners sugar along with the vanilla, and low fat margarine and it was luscious! I was surprised that my husband, who prefers chocolate frosting absolutely loved this as well. Also both my stepsons thought it was wonderful. Taste and texture are both excellent!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 19, 2009
Coconut Cream Cake I
I made it for Mother's day and both my parents, my husband, my sister and her husband and even my 6 and 10 year old nephews couldn't finish more than a few bites because it was just way over the top too sweet. Very disappointing considering the other reviews. I followed the recipe exactly and maybe it is better in a few days as some other reviewers said??? If I make it again, I'm going to leave out the sweetened condensed milk or maybe use 1/4 of what's called for in the recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 12, 2008

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