SueGar Profile - (10675514)

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Home Town: Joppatowne, Maryland, USA
Living In: Myersville, Maryland, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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The goat's field
About this Cook
I want to give kudos here to the two people I credit with teaching me how to cook. In the early part of my life, my best friend, one of the saviours of my life, was my cooking (and lifeskills) mentor. Her name is Joan. My mom is a great cook, but she didn't use recipes and do you know how frustrating it is to have someone always telling you, "I don't know- I just eyeball it?" My friend, Joan, used recipes and always had her favorites, which she shared with me. Next is my sister, Karen- she is a totally "free-form" chef. She and her husband, Pat, have been working in, managing, or doing their own thing in cooking for the last 25 years. I would say maybe 15 years ago, Karen set me free- she told me and taught me that I don't need recipes anymore- I just needed to know generally what spices went with what and to experiment- to use recipes as a guide, but to go free form and make do with what I had. No more substitution lists! I have LOVED cooking ever since.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook everything- I try to stay away from fatty recipes- but the blue cheese fried potatoes sounded too good to resist! My hubby is getting good on the smoker and I enjoy eating the dry ribs he makes. My mom was a great Korean cook and those dishes are special to our family. I like things that are highly seasoned and luckily, so does my hubby. We are both getting fat and are continuing to be happy. Unfortunately- the fat part.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Korean- bul-go-gi, chop chae, Korean seasoned spare ribs, spinach kimchee, cabbage kimchee Pies- particularly fruit pies and pecan pie
My cooking triumphs
Anh- I don't know. No MONUMENTAL dishes, but when my husband says, "This is the best dinner EVER," I am content. Fortunately, that's often. :)
My cooking tragedies
Once I forgot to put the sugar in a fresh sour cherry pie- oh my goodness- it was SOUR! LOL! Even vanilla ice cream couldn't redeem it!!
Recipe Reviews 7 reviews
Coffee Date Bread
I followed this recipe but used brown sugar and 1.5 c of dates. It is very moist. I have to say, though, that I couldn't taste the dates and I was looking for a good date bread or cake. It tasted ok, just not at all what I was expecting.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 13, 2014
Hamburgers and Ketchup Gravy
Sigh. I hate to rain on anyone's parade, but this dish was mediocre, at best. There was no complexity or subtlety to the flavors. It was ketchup and hamburger. To tell you the truth, I wish I had just made burgers and slapped some ketchup on them. I felt it was a waste of some good ground beef.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 22, 2009
Tangy Slow Cooker Pork Roast
The pork was very tender. I didn't find much to the sauce/juices. It just didn't have the punch of flavor that I expected.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 17, 2008

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