Lavonne Profile - (10671533)

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Home Town: Cadet, Missouri, USA
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Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Dessert
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Fishing, Music
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About this Cook
I am a mother, grandmother and wife and recently figured out I still love to cook for people and have dinners, after a few years of "slacking off" from it. The grandkids are my most honest critics!!!
My favorite things to cook
Desserts, casseroles
My favorite family cooking traditions
This is more like a memory than a tradition, but when we used to visit my grandma's house, every meal, even lunch, was a full out spread of everyone's favorite dish. She made everything homemade and even mashed her potatoes with a hand masher, instead of electric. I think in a way, I have tried to make sure everyone always has something they really like at my table, just like my grandma did.
My cooking triumphs
I make a really good chili, that I have perfected. It originally started out as a venison chili recipe, but I have changed a few things and always gets raves. I also always gets asked to bring a pumpkin roll.
My cooking tragedies
My first (and worst) meal I ever made was Swedish meatballs. It was the first thing I ever made as a newlywed and is was so bad, we choked it down and then threw out the rest!!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Sweet Polish Sausage
This is my new favorite way to eat polish sausage. I followed the recipe, except that I mixed a can of undrained sauerkraut with the sausage before adding the sauce and simmered together in a skillet for time recommended (instead of boiling with water). I think this gives the sausage a great taste. I also added a little garlic powder and a few extra drops of hot pepper sauce to the sauce mix. While I enjoyed the sweet taste, I will probably cut to 1/4 cup of brown sugar next time. Great recipe!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 4, 2008
Restaurant-Style Buffalo Chicken Wings
Love these!!! I made these to enjoy with the Superbowl game and they were soooo good!! I was surprised how easy they really were. I used the chicken drummettes (instead of wings) and added a little more butter to the sauce and they were delicious, but next time I'll spice it up a little more (my husband prefers them on the hotter side!) The only other thing I did add was I sprinkled the wings with "Chicken Seasoning" to add alittle more flavor to the chicken before adding them to the flour mixture to which I also added 1/4 tsp. Seasoning salt. I put the flour mixture in a plastic bag and shook the chicken lightly in the bag; this coats the chicken more evenly and makes less mess than the bowl- then put the bag with the coated chicken in the refrigerator for about 80 minutes). Otherwise, I followed the directions and the flavor was fantastic. Thanks for a great recipe.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 4, 2008
Peach Cake II
This is one of our new favorite cake recipes! We are big peach lovers, but since fresh good peaches are hard to find, I did use the canned sliced peaches (the large can), drained and cut the peach slices in two so the peaches would be in every bite (next time I will probably add another small can of peaches). I took advise from others and made a sauce to pour over the cake after a few minutes of cooling: 1 stk. butter, 1 cup white sugar, 1/2 can evaporated milk and I also added a little vanilla flavoring and topped cake with a few pecan halves, which added a nice buttery moist flavor. My cake was done in 45 minutes. I always put a shallow cake pan with water in the lower shelf of the oven while the cake is baking. It adds alot of moisture to the cake and was absolutely delicious. My husband and I finished the cake off in two days!!!

184 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 4, 2008
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