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Member Since: May 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Italian, Nouvelle, Low Carb, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Biking, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I am a Registered Nurse. I should be retired, but I like working and I like my "walking around money" so I continue to work part time. I decided to upgrade my cooking level past Intermediate because I think I'm beter than that! However the next level -EXPERT, does seem a little extreme. How about this - "Better than most, not as good as some"
My favorite things to cook
Good quality meats and fish in a healthy no fuss fashion. I choose fresh vegetables over frozen anytime! Good cooking should be healthy, easy and not take excessive time, energy or ingredients in order to prepare and serve a really good meal. I also enjoy making reservations at nice restaurants.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make a dish we call Irish Potatoes that the whole family loves. I make good pies, when the spirit moves me. Problem with the sweet stuff is that I have a "sweet tooth" and I end up making a pig of myself. I would love to get into candy making but it would probably be my downfall.
My cooking triumphs
TA DAH ! Gosh, I don't know. "Triumph" seems a little over the top. I've thrown some good grub on the table in my day. Christmas Dinner 2008 was great. Simple. Ham with glaze, Irish potatoes, fresh green beans, sweet corn for the son-in-law who ONLY eats corn, homemade Orange Cranberry sauce and creamed onions. My daughter Gail made her wonderful Winter Salad that consists of greens, manderin oranges, cranberries, sugared walnuts and her special dressing. I guess I need to post the Irish Potatoe and Winter Salad recipes, don't I? Anyway, it was all EASY and everyone including the kids loved it. THAT to me is a triumph!
My cooking tragedies
I have had my share of cooking tragedies and I would rather not re-live them.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Ranch Oyster Crackers
Easy, cheap and everyone loves these crackers. I combine the dsg mix, dill, oil, lemon pepper, etc and put it all together with a box of oyster crackers in a gallon sized plastic bag and just gently toss around. You can actually coat the crackers more evenly that way and not have a big bowl to clean. Anyway you make them, they are a hit.

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 8, 2012
Beaumont Ranch Potato Salad
I thinkthis is the BEST Potatoe recipe I have ever tried. It is a real KEEPER and will probably be the only recipe I ever use again. My adult kids loved it. I took a sample into work for a coworker who loves to cook. She loved it. She has made it on two occasions and got rave review. I am headed out to the grocery store in a few minutes and I will pick up my 5lbs of red potatoes so that I can make a 3rd batch for this weekend. Bravo ranch_maven and thank you for sharing this recipe.

8 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 10, 2010
Eileen's Spicy Gingerbread Men
I loved the wonderful flavor the cookie. My only problem was my douch was too soft and sticky and I had a hard time doing the gingerbread men. SO, I just rolled the dough into small balls and pressed them with a fork. I must have not mixed my dough correctly, to little flour?..anyway, something was off but I think it was me. We all loved the taste of the cookie and I will make this one again. I just need to figure out why my dough was so un-rollable (is that even a word?)

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 16, 2010
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