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Home Town: Williamstown, West Virginia, USA
Living In: Exton, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Quilting, Sewing, Needlepoint, Gardening, Biking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I started cooking at 8 or 9 years old. Trying new recipes. Keeping meal interesting by having a wide variety of dishes. One child won't eat most meats except chicken the other mostly beef. Keeping them both happy can be a chore. When I make a meal I like to be able to use any leftovers for another dish. I enjoy most types of food from most countries. I'm of German, Irish, French and Native American descent. So food from those cultures are family favorites. My daughters are also of Swiss and English descent so foods from those countries are also included in meals and desserts.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake and to experiment with recipes. Holidays mean time divided between crafting and cooking.Cookies abound as do pies. Fondue and turkey vie for spots on the table with African and Greek dishes in addition to those listed above.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I still use my mother's sausage stuffing for Turkeys. I use my mother in laws orange sweet potatoes and my own homemade cranberry orange sauce. Almond cinnamon stars with no flour are a must during the winter holidays. as are German Spritz cookies in lots of shapes, colors and flavors.
My cooking triumphs
My biggest triumph was making my first pie. I visited my parents and copied my mother's pie crust recipe. She told me pies were to hard to make for her to teach me. That's the best way to get me to do something. Tell me I can't. I went home and made pumpkin and apple pies. My mother raved over the crust. I didn't know what I could do wrong so I didn't worry it like my mother. She was amazed. She never worried over hers again, and they always turned out great.
My cooking tragedies
Not getting the turkey cooked all the way through the first Thanksgiving I had to make dinner after my mother died.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Virginia Apple Pudding
I've been looking all over for this recipe. Every time I move the recipe seems to get lost. I learned this recipe when I was cooking in a restaurant; and had to pare it down for at home. For those who complain the apples stayed in the middle, you pour the apples down the center of the pan. I use a glass 13X9 pan. I usually go down one side and up the other as opposed to dumping them in the middle in a pile. That's how I was taught. We served it warm with vanilla ice cream in the restaurant. I also learned to melt the butter in the pan, then add the flour mixture minus the butter, then add the apples.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 10, 2010
Sugar Cookie Drops
I split the recipe for 6 doz. into two batches. I added 1 tsp almond extract to 1/2 the batch and used the full amount of vanilla 1 tsp in the other 1/2. The half with the almond I rolled in sugar and special dark cocoa powder mixed. The vanilla half I used cinnamon sugar on some and colored sugar on the rest. I used unsalted butter so I added a 1/4 tsp salt to each 1/2 batch. Wonderful recipe, easy to make and hard to resist. The only thing I would do differently next time is cream the sugar with the butter then add the oil. It took a bit more time than it would have otherwise to get the lumps of butter smoothed out. Next time I think I'll try maple or mint flavoring. I used someone's idea to use a glass to press them instead of a fork. Good idea.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 22, 2008

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