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Living In: Oregon, Ohio, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing
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Seasoned Oyster Crackers
Chocolate Chip cookies
About this Cook
A stay at home mom with four children ranging from 6yrs to 1yr. I love to cook and have been taught through cookbooks and trial and error. I love cooking by scratch, and think it makes your meal better when you've spent the time to make it yourself, and you also know what's in it, and can control the ingredients, like salt and fat. I like spending time on our food and showing my children how to actually make things and where they come from, like growing it in the garden, since most children are disconnected to how things are made. I was talking to my phlebotomist and she said that one thanksgiving she wanted to make mashed potatoes from scratch so she asked her adolescent daughter to get out a peeler and start on the potatoes, and her daughter looked at her dumbfounded and was like, "what's a potato?" She said her daughter seriously thought potatoes just came from a box, because that was all she ever saw. It really makes you think.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts by far, although my husband swears I'm trying to make him fat. I told him I just make it, I don't force him to eat it. I also like to bake bread. It's rather soothing to kneed it by hand, it makes me calm and gives me reflection time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas cookies with the kids and my nieces, I hope I can do that again this year. And my stepmom always has a gingerbread house decorating night where we all get together and get crazy at my dad's house. It's one of those nights you know only 1/4 of the candy ends up on the houses and the other 3/4 end up as a sugar rush with my kids running a muck around the house.
My cooking triumphs
I make a mean chocolate chip cookie. I also love the fact that I can pick up a recipe and 95% of the time I make it pitch perfect. I made baklava that way. I just winged it and it came out like a dream. I think it's because I'm a stickler at following directions to a T until I'm familiar with a recipe and then I feel comfortable with changing it up a bit. My husband Earl and I also love to make home made pizza, and I love fresh kneeded bread out of the oven, both aided by my most treasured possession, the Pizza Stone in my oven. I love that thing. I made crummy pizza plenty of times without it, and only when I bought one, I finally made a great pie! I also have 4 birthday parties, so buttercream and fondant are my other specialties.
My cooking tragedies
Baking powder biscuits are the hardest thing for me to get. I have never been able to make them, they never rise and are hard as hockey pucks every time. Makes a friend of mine laugh. She was like, "you can make all the complicated stuff without a problem, and something that's suppose to be the easiest thing ever, that everyone can do, and you can't do it." I was like "I know, crazy huh!"
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Black Bean and Couscous Salad
Had this during a Daniel Fast... used Veg. Stock for Chicken and it still tasted awesome. I love this recipe both ways, so flavorful and I find it really fresh and light. Can't get enough of it!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 19, 2009
Swiss Chicken Casserole II
I had this last week and my kids devoured it. I'm back this week to make it again... cooked in slow cooker and just left it alone for 3-4 hours, it was the easiest thing, and smelled wonderful. All I had to do was make a veggie... greenbeans last week, this week broccoli. Only thing I think I'll do different is add an extra can of cream of chicken to make more sauce, and maybe some extra stuffing... my family is pretty saucey, and they were fighting over the last of the sauce/stuffing mixture. Other than exta sauce, I wouldn't change a thing. Put in slow cooker for an easy fix and forget main, which only cooks for 3-4 hours, so you can plan dinner at lunch with enough time for it to be done that evening. I LOVE this recipe!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 19, 2008
Hot Cocoa Mix
I was excited about this... the 6 of us can go through boxes of cocoa like nothing when it's cold outside. So I tried it out, made a 1/2 batch according to another reviewers modifications... 5c milk (ran through processer to finish powdering it) 3c powdered sugar, 1 1/2c cocoa and 1c creamer. I will say that I love the idea and want to tweak with the flavors and types of ingredients. I used generic and have to say I was left with an odd aftertaste... probably due to powedered milk as stated in other reviews... but thought maybe it could alsom be my creamer. This is one time I think I'm gonna have to get some name brand ingredients. When you're adding things to water... it's imparitive the ingredients are the "best" because those same few ingredients are all you are tasteing. I love the idea of flavored creamers, and will also look into the type of dry milk to see if that makes a difference. As is though... even as is tweaked... I am not impressed. I love hot chocolate, so I am pretty picky. My kids on the other hand all gave me smiles and "I love this stuff mom!" So, glad I made 1/2 batch, will have no problem getting rid of the rest by my 4 kids, but am dissappointed since I had high expectations and originally made it to take to church tonight for a christmas get-together. Will try better quality ingredients next time and will re-review. (For the record, I make almost everything from scratch and this is the first time I have EVER had to buy "quality" ingredients.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 17, 2008

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