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jj_howell27


jj_howell27
 
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Living In: Huntley, Montana, USA
Member Since: Aug. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Quilting, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
I grew up on a ranch, and family meals are important.
My favorite things to cook
I really like to bake and I am currently working on mastering cheesecakes and pie. Otherwise I make a lot of muffins since breakfast is on the go at my house. I'm also big on cooking from scratch. I don't like using store bought mixes, as I think the taste and quality suffers. I do like to make my own mixes to have on hand and for quick presents. I also love to can and spend a large part of my fall canning fruit, making jam, sauces, stock for the following year and for christmas presents.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I live close to a lot of family members so getting together and having pot lucks is very common like several every month! A good place to try out new recipes. Since we raise beef cattle, we eat lots of it-roasts, BBQ ribs, steaks, hamburger recipies of all kinds. (In fact many of the men in my family feel picked on when chicken is served) Simple meals that can be put together fast are popular.
My cooking triumphs
I had to cook for about 20-30 people for our spring branding last year. Mom usually did most of the cooking, but she was out of town. Generally you can count on all the neighbors and family member to bring a dish of something, but I was in charge of the main dishes. Which is all great once you get it cooked, but then you have to get it out to the branding (generally out in the middle of a pasture somewhere) and try to get it there hot. I picked out recipes that I could prep the night before so all I had to do was put everything in the oven the next day. I made 3 large roasts, 2 large pans of cheesy potatoes, a large slow cooker full of cowboy beans, 2 pans of corn bread and several salads. I had to borrow a neighbors oven to get everything done on time. Branding are the best time to cook really. Everyone is so hungry when they are done that no matter what you cook, it tastes like the best thing they've ever eaten!
My cooking tragedies
My sister and I tired to make a cake once for my granny at Easter and it sunk, really bad. Never fear, we figured if we just filled it up with frosting, no one would know. Believe me, they noticed 2 inches of frosting!
Recipe Reviews 24 reviews
Caramel Apple Pork Chops
My new favorite way to eat pork chops. Make lots of extra 'gravy' as it's really good on potatoes. I also add some sherry to the sauce, and loved the suggestion to first marinade the chops in 2 T soy sauce and 1 c apple juice. For the apples I use a quart of home canned apples, which makes them nice and soft after they've cooked in the oven on the pork chops. So very good.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 25, 2008
Jamie's Cranberry Spinach Salad
This is the best. It's pretty flexible too...add fresh strawberries or blueberries. Good with or without poppy seeds or seseame seeds. Like it with or without almonds or other nuts. Also good with some added feta cheese.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 25, 2008
Fruited Curry Chicken Salad
This was good--a good base. I added cashews instead of pecans, and will probably try walnuts as well. I also added mandarin oranges. I used canned chicken which was ok, although next time will use cut up chicken. But for a fast lunch, this was good.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 25, 2008
 
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