theloghomekitchen Profile - (10472934)


Home Town: Lancaster, California, USA
Living In: Salmon, Idaho, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Oct. 7, 2013 7:44 am 
Updated: Nov. 24, 2013 10:15 am
I'm having withdrawals.  I wander around in circles not knowing what to do.  It's painful.  The pages of my favorite cooking magazines are worn from flipping through for lack of boredom.  There is now not a single question or doubt in my mind as to where my passion lies.  It's in the kitchen,… MORE
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Slow Cooker Latin Chicken
Cheesy Beef Lasagna
Orange-Almond Poppy Seed Bread
Beaumont Ranch Potato Salad
Baked Fruit Buckley
Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs
Pan-Seared Tilapia
Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake
Jordan Marsh Style Blueberry Muffins
Strawberry Cream Salad
About this Cook
It brings me a lot of pleasure experimenting and improving on my cooking and baking skills. It's something I take pride in. I'm a canine mom, and raise backyard chickens ("my girls")for entertainment and the wonderful eggs they produce. Growing up, I really wasn't allowed much in the kitchen except to wash or dry the dishes. Occasionally my mother would let me help her bake Toll House chocolate chip cookies. When I left home I was armed with a skillet and a slow cooker. I now enjoy my repertoire of pots and pans, mixers and food processor, several small appliances, and a variety of unique casserole and serving dishes. In addition to cooking, I'm a collector of antiques and love to pull together interesting mixes of linens, fine china and silverware at the dinner table. In the summer time, I move my cooking outside to the grill and spend a lot of time on my back covered patio. It's a great gathering place for friends and family.
My favorite things to cook
Any type of holiday cooking and baking, especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mexican cuisine is regular fare at our house. In the winter, I bake a lot of casseroles and slow cooked roasts. In the summer time, I always cook steaks, burgers, chicken and ribs outside on the grill. I also love to bake desserts. Cheesecakes are my specialty.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a small family, just me, my sister, Mom and Dad. We rarely had anyone else at the dinner table, so most occasions were just the four of us. My Dad loved to cook out on the grill, and made one mean burger. His were the best! Always done to perfection. Juicy on the inside, slightly charred on the outside. And he always went to the local bakery for fresh buns. So now, I am known for making the killer hamburgers. I fondly refer to them as "Eddie Burgers", and they never disappoint.
My cooking triumphs
I think the biggest triumph is when it gets REALLY quiet at the dinner table. The occasional "mm mm" or lip smacking are the greatest compliments. Clean plates followed by "when do you want to do this again?" top it all off. Mission accomplished!
My cooking tragedies
Oh my. I remember trying to impress my boyfriend at the time (now my DH) by inviting him to my place for a home cooked meal. I didn't want him to think that all I could do was boil water. After work, I went to the store and grabbed the latest copy of "Bon Appetit" and opened it to find a beautiful picture of Chicken Parmigiana. That's it! I thought. Okay, now to shop for the ingredients. With groceries in tow, I went to my apartment to begin the preparation. He was to arrive at 8 PM. It was now 7 PM, and had barely started. In reading the recipe, I was like "pound the breasts with what?" and when I finally had them dredged and ready to fry, the oil wasn't hot enough. It was disastrous. And my sauce burned to boot. When he knocked at the door and stepped in, he could see things were not going well for me. In a very kind way, he asked, "would you like to go out to dinner instead?". We ended up at a five star restaurant on the waterfront drinking wine and laughing. The rest is history!
Recipe Reviews 95 reviews
Slow Cooker Latin Chicken
A delicious way to prepare chicken, and so easy! I opted for a cut-up chicken using all parts, removing the skin. I saw no need to brown the skinless chicken, and took other suggestions of replacing one can of the black beans with corn, which was the only other alteration I made. Served on a bed of yellow Spanish rice, this received raves from Hubs. The chicken was succulent and tender. The bonus with this recipe is you put it all in the slow cooker and forget about it! Will definitely be making again.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 8, 2014
Cheesy Beef Lasagna
Real lasagna noodles that bake in their own sauce. How easy is that? This is a delicious recipe that will be a new base standard in this kitchen. The tender pasta and combination of meat, cheeses, and sauce is spot on. When you cut in to it to serve, it stands on the plate. The only suggestion I would make is that you adjust the amount of herbs and seasoning to suit your taste. Other than that, it's a terrific dish. I'll be looking forward to making this again.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 3, 2014
Beaumont Ranch Potato Salad
Outstanding! The key to the savory flavor is that the warm potatoes are coated with tarragon vinegar mixed with the dry Italian dressing before you start mixing everything else in. A great base to add what you wish to make it your own. I added 4 coarsely chopped hard-boiled eggs along with chopped dill pickles of which did not overpower it at all. Do yourself a favor and dice your potatoes before boiling, and don't overcook them. Also be easy on the mayo at first until you have the consistency you're looking for. Thank you Beaumonts for sharing your "secret" recipe! This is a keeper in my arsenal.

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Reviewed On: Aug. 26, 2014
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