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Home Town: Ohio, USA
Living In: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Sewing, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
My mom taught me to make fudge when I was in 2nd grade and I have been cooking ever since! I love to try new recipes and usually make a recipe "as written" first and then tweak it a little, if necessary. Trying new cuisines from different cultures was always encouraged when I was growing up and My mom, grandmothers and aunts have all inspired me with their love of cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook large, special-occasion meals for family and to entertain friends on the deck...meals or appetizers. My husband is also an excellent cook...lucky me!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, my family never had turkey for Christmas, as my mom just thought it was too soon to eat it again after Thanksgiving! But we have always chosen a special meal...not an "every-day" recipe, but one that requires special preparation. For years it was home-made spaghetti and meatballs, prompting many of my friends to ask if we are Italian (we're not)! We also always let each member of the family choose his or her meal and dessert ( or cake flavor) for each birthday. My poor parents had to endure years of pancakes and chocolate cake when my sister and I were very young!
My cooking triumphs
Mastering some French recipes that have become family favorites. Also mastering a really good pie crust after many attempts!
My cooking tragedies
I made a meatloaf once for a boyfriend in college and it was like a brick...too dense and tough. Don't know what I did wrong, but he ate it anyway!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Grandma Ople's Apple Pie
I have made this wonderful pie for several special events and holidays and thought it time to give it yet another rave review. I have several really good apple pie recipes that I have made for years, but this is now my go-to apple pie recipe! I make it exactly as stated and it comes out perfectly every single time. Not only is the taste incredible, but it looks a photo in a magazine! This has become a huge favorite of family and friends alike...thanks so much for sharing this divine recipe!!!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 20, 2010
Baked Ziti I
This has become a regular at our house and a family favorite! I usually make it without meat, even though my husband is a serious carnivore; and he devours it anyway! I also use half sour cream and half ricotta and sometimes add mushrooms. I have also made it with pepperoni as the only meat, with good results. It makes a ton but the leftovers are even better. Thanks for a fantastic recipe!!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 19, 2006
Japanese Fruit Pie
My family has been making this wonderful pie for years, since my mother was given the recipe by a southern friend. I made it recently for my husband, a midwesterner. He thought the ingredients sounded strange, but LOVED the results! This is a classic!!!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 19, 2006

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