maylanadalia Profile - (10511943)

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Home Town: New Hampshire, USA
Living In: Nh, New Hampshire, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I've been married for 45+ years, have three grown children, and four grandchildren. Have worked as a nanny most of my life, with a brief stint as co-owner, with my husband, of a coffee shop where the donuts had to be made in the middle of the night so as to be fresh at the crack of dawn! I also made soup and sandwiches for lunch every day, and a 20 hour work day was not uncommon. After about three years of that we sold out and resumed our normal lives again. And now we are retired and enjoying every minute of it.
My favorite things to cook
I love to try new things, love this site for that reason. If a recipe catches my eye and has gotten good reviews I'll give it a try. Have found some yummy things here. I Would have to say my favorite recipes, other than anything chocolate, are Asian.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother was an excellent cook and passed her talents down to her seven daughters, who in turn passed their love of cooking down to all of their daughters (we are a family of women!) I can't think of anyone in my extended family who isn't a great cook.
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I cook something that makes my husband rave, I'm happy. And he's fairly easy to please so there is a lot of raving happiness at our house! I think my favorite, and his, are Vietnamese egg rolls - very labor intensive but well worth the effort. I have to invite crowds of people when I make them because they are so popular!
My cooking tragedies
I made something called 'spaghetti casserole' once when the kids were all still living at home - I can't even remember where the recipe came from - but it was terrible! It still comes up once in a while in conversation. I guess they've never gotten over it.
Recipe Reviews 6 reviews
Jordan Marsh Style Blueberry Muffins
Just made these this afternoon. I preheated the oven to 450, then turned it down to 375 when I put the muffins in to bake, then baked them for 20 minutes. They were perfect. I also sprinkled the tops with a little cinnamon sugar instead of plain sugar before baking. They got rave reviews at our house.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 29, 2012
Beer Butt Rosemary Chicken
I've roasted chicken this way many times, experimenting with different seasonings each time. You can use whatever you have on hand - a can of beer, diet Coke, ginger ale - it doesn't seem to make a detectable difference in taste - it's the steam that the liquid in the can creates that matters I think. I also stuff the neck cavity with an onion or potato - something to keep the steam inside the chicken while it's cooking. This is a really good method for roasting a very moist and delicious chicken!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 20, 2011
Yummy Roll Ups
I've been making these forever, and they are such a favorite with folks that I can't stop! I always cut the dill spears in half and remove most of the seedy part, roll them up tight, and then cut each cylinder into thirds for bite-sized treats. I've never found the need to use toothpicks to secure them - the cream cheese inside keeps them from coming apart.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 23, 2011

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