Sally Profile - (10651903)

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Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Living In: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
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Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I love collecting cook books and recipes to try. As a child I was never allowed in my mother's kitchen, but once on my own I made up for lost time. I taught myself to cook and have observed and learned from really good cooks, including some professional chefs, through the years. I also love to recreate dishes at home that I enjoy at restaurants.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook a variety of cuisines and have several favorites. If I had to choose I would say Eastern European cooking is my favorite. I grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland where there was a wealth of Eastern European immigrants and restaurants. Their cuisine is comfort food to me. Italian cuisine would be my second pick.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Since I was not allowed in the kitchen growing up I have only a few Christmas cookie recipes, handed down later in life, that have become family traditions. I have started my own family traditions gleaned from other families through the years, such as pork roast with spaetzle and gravy for Christmas dinner or Hoppin' John for New Years Day. When my daughters were still at home we would also make huge batches of potato gnocchi, perogie or potstickers together and freeze them for later use.
My cooking triumphs
Finding and making the perfect Chicken Paprikash and spaetzle recipes, my childhood favorite! Making homemade pork tamales, potato & cheese perogie, and my husband's favorites, Burgoo and refried beans. I also make a great meatloaf which took years to perfect.
My cooking tragedies
When I first started cooking at age 17 for my father and myself, I tried to make a dish that included sauteed chopped onions. I did not keep a close eye on the onions and they started to burn. I figured I could throw them in anyway and the other ingredients would mask the burnt onions, Wrong! Thank goodness for frozen TV dinners, which we kept well stocked, as they saved us from many of my early learning cooking experiences!
Recipe Reviews 13 reviews
Pistachio Cream Cheese Fingers
Found this recipe while searching for recipes which included pistachio pudding mix in the ingredients. They sounded good and I decided to make them as part of my Christmas cookie baking this year. They were a hit! My husband and mother loved them. I used a few suggestions from others and used almond extract instead of vanilla, doubled the amount of pudding mix, added green food coloring gel, and some crushed unsalted roasted pistachios to the dough. I used a cookie press to form the fingers. After baking and cooling the "fingers", I drizzled melted dark chocolate over them. then sprinkled and lightly pressed crushed pistachios onto the warm chocolate drizzle. The were so pretty and tasty, and made an abundance of cookies for giving and enjoying.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 2, 2011
Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
Just made this again last night and I love this soup recipe! It is one of my favorites, so easy to make, but tastes like a lot of work! I made a few suggested changes; added 1 can of drained black beans, use diced canned tomatoes instead of whole tomatoes, also use 2 cans of chicken broth instead of the water. I garnish it with corn tortilla strips, shredded cheddar cheese, and sour cream. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 19, 2010
Kalua Pig in a Slow Cooker
Wow this recipe is awesome! I have made it twice following the original recipe with great success. The Hawaiian sea salt can be a challenge to buy locally if you live in the sticks like I do. But I have been able to find it when traveling to major urban areas. One could also find it on the internet if not available locally. Since there are only two of us at home now, I freeze portions in pint containers for later use. Followed someone's suggestion of reheating the pork with bottled BBQ sauce and serving on buns for great BBQ Pork Sandwiches. My husband thinks the BBQ Pork made from this is better than what is served at local BBQ venders and we live in one of the self proclaimed BBQ capitols.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 25, 2010

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