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Living In: Manteca, California, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Vegetarian, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Fishing, Painting/Drawing
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Just the Two of Us - And All it Took Was 23 Years
About this Cook
At 52 I see that life really does change as we age. I am not indestructible after all.
My favorite things to cook
The simpler the better - a plate of food that's pretty because it has a lot of color really floats my boat. Too many flavors hides the taste of the food itself, so I don't use a lot of seasoning per dish, but I do own a lot of different spices and seasonings and happily use them in moderation. Example of my favorite desserts: a) navel oranges; b) very dense cheesecake and black coffee.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I made something for my kids they LOVED - we call them "Piggies" and all they are is little circles of pie dough sprinkled with a bit of sugar and cinnamon and baked 'til done. Simple pleasures - gotta love 'em.
My cooking triumphs
Alice Medrich made a FABULOUS French cake that was spread over page after page of Bon Apetit back in the '70s; I made that same cake twice (following her directions to the letter) - once for a 50th anniversary and again for a 23rd anniversary. It was indeed a triumph. It was very complicated to make, but the flavors were perfectly balanced. It was a beautiful masterpiece trimmed in fresh flowers and an unforgettable cake to enjoy.
My cooking tragedies
I was so proud of my fancy omelet - I had separated the eggs and fluffed the whites, folded them back in with the yolks, baking the 3 egg omelet to perfection. My friend and I were going to share and I sent her off with her portion - when I took my first bite I immediately spit it back out and looked up to see her look of relief as she let go of her mouthful - I misread the recipe and put a tablespoon of salt into a 3 egg omelet. Bless Trixie's heart - I think she really would have eaten it...
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Spaghetti Squash I
This is really good. I didn't have basil and don't like feta, so they didn't make it to the recipe, but everyone in the family went looking for seconds. Thank you for posting this!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 21, 2012
Low Carb Pancake Crepes
Simple to make and delicious. I used strawberry cream cheese and didn't add the cinnamon or sweetener. The first one I made was a standard crepe size, then I did tablespoons, then 1/8th cup measures. The crepe size was a beautiful thing to behold, but I really didn't want to struggle with getting another one out of the pan, hence the experiments. The 1/8th cup measured crepes were easy to manage out of the pan and the size looked nice on a plate. You could fold these in half over fruit or jam and they would be a welcoming sight. Next time I'll add a photo; but this time they're all gone! :-) Thanks for sharing!

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 1, 2011
Lola's Horchata
This was much better than OK, but not great. I don't have white rice in the house, just brown, so that's what I used. I decreased the sugar, but it was still a bit too sweet. My husband liked it but said it was thin, so I'll adjust here and there - little less sugar, more milk or try a milk/cream mixture. I am also going to try it with homemade almond milk (1/4 c. almonds to 1 c. water in the blender) and use a bit of agave nectar instead of the white sugar. Definitely a keeper with a few tweaks. Thanks for sharing!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 1, 2011
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