Goldilocks19 Profile - (10405055)

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Home Town: San Diego, California, USA
Living In: Bend, Oregon, USA
Member Since: May 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Cherry Pie III with Cranberries
Thumbprint Sugar Cookies
Never Fail Pie Crust II
Peach-A-Berry Pie
About this Cook
I'm young at heart, married to the World's Best Husband, Mother to 2 Wonderful sons, and Grandmother to 2 Amazing boys. I love to cook, I feel it's a way to show my love, because I put my heart into it. I've been cooking since I was 8, so that means I've been cooking over 45 years! I love to try new dishes, and my husband is my guinea pig :) I'm teaching my grandson's to bake and cook, because it's a way to have them learn to work together. I love hearing that they love what I cook!
My favorite things to cook
Hmmmm, cookies, chicken, steak, veggies... Oh, I make killer Swedish Meatballs, and I make an amazing Meat Loaf! I'm a perfectionist, too. The dish has to look perfect, the meat cooked perfectly, and taste heavenly. Very seldom do I have anything not taste great.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mom taught me to make a huge spaghetti dinner for a Scouting Badge, many, many years ago, and I've been cooking ever since. I love cooking Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the whole family, and watching everyone pig out! Even the picky eaters! I have a new passion, decadent desserts, and this summer, I'm trying to enter the County Fair with some of my desserts.
My cooking triumphs
Let's see, there's been so many, thanks to Most recent, steaks, using the best ever steak marinade, the peach-a-berry pie, the Apple pie by Grandma Opel... I really love this website, because it has made me an even better cook, and it's lit the fire under me again.
My cooking tragedies
Once, when I was a single mom and very poor, I had some ground beef, some noodles and some garlic. Nothing else. I tried making it work, but without flour or cornstarch, I don't know how to make gravy. It really was not very good, but we couldn't waste it, because it was pretty much all we had.
Recipe Reviews 29 reviews
Marinade for Chicken
I made the recipe in the measurements stated, but had to make a few substitutions, Balsamic vinegar instead of red wine vinegar, prepared mustard instead of dry mustard, and thyme instead of parsley (gave it a little more savory flavor). I also added chopped garlic, 2 tsp. I ended up letting it marinate for 3 days, due to change in dinner plans, and boy, was this ever good!!! I cooked it on the grill for approximately 12 minutes, total, using skin on chicken thighs. It was heavenly to smell while it cooked, I couldn't wait to try it! This is now my standard marinade for grilling chicken, although I'm sure it would be wonderful cooked on the stove or baked. I am finishing the leftover piece today, as I write... This is a "Must Try" recipe.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 28, 2014
Double Tomato Bruschetta
I made this recipe as written, except for the baguette and Mozzarella (I was looking for a flavorful, low cal blend to add to cabbage to get the bruschetta flavor...). I really felt like it was missing something besides the bread and cheese. If I used shredded Mozzarella, it would get soggy... Well, I added about 3/4 tsp of grated Parmesan, and that gave it the flavor it was missing... and took it from a good quality recipe to a restaurant quality (or better!). It's funny how a simple ingredient can be the item that brings it all together... I'd suggest trying it both ways, and seeing if you would agree. With the addition of the Parm, I give it 5 stars, but as written, 4 stars. But it's a very good base.

21 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 2, 2011
Apple Bavarian Torte
I liked that this recipe sounded easy, with beautiful results. Well, it was easier than I expected. I followed the instructions, with the exception of cooking the apples in the mircowave for 3 minutes. I liked the way the photo looked and decided to layer it... from the bottom, to the top, I used crust, filling, apples, filling, and more apples (arranged in a circular pattern on top). We did not have the almonds, and so I decided on a cinnamon sugar sauce. YUM! Got rave reviews from everyone, and they were fighting over who got the last of it. This would be impressive enough for guests. Next time I may glaze it with my Cabernet Sauvignon jelly and use pears, instead of apples. Thank you, Terri, for a wonderful recipe. It will be in my holiday repertoire this season as everyone has already requested it.

15 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2010
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