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Home Town: Albany, Indiana, USA
Living In: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Indian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
Hobbies: Hiking/Camping, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Charity Work
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My daughter when she was 2 already trying to help me figure out the colander.
About this Cook
I am 28 and a stay-at-home mom of a three year old. I grew up with a father who was famous in the surrounding areas for his cooking. Not famous enough to have clout, but enough that people knew who he was and where to eat. I think my brother's and I all have the ability and the desire to cook. I'm just not sure what to do with it as a stay-at-home mom. I am excited every time that I am able to share a new experience in the kitchen with my daughter. I look forward to teaching her the things that I know and starting new traditions to pass on to her. My husband of seven years seems to enjoy my cooking, thankfully, and has been my biggest fan and also my biggest obstacle because of his picky eating. I absolutley love fish and any seafood really, but he hates even the smell of it, so I can only prepare it when he is at work. I make salmon patties for my daughter and I once a week for lunch. At least she likes fish.
My favorite things to cook
It makes me happy when I cook something that makes someone else happy or that they really enjoy. I LOVE to cook for football games and especially the Superbowl. Every Colts or Bronco game at my house looks like the Superbowl. (My husband is the Broncos fan) Unfortunatly, this usually means that it's a struggle to work in something healthy with the snack foods, but I've found some Hummus recipes on this site that work as a snack food, as well as a vegetable. I am always looking for creative ways to combine football snacks and nutrition.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Definitely my favorite cooking tradition is cooking for the holidays. Those were really the only times my family all came together every year to cook one meal. The smell of cookies or pie in the oven still brings back those happy childhood memories of being in the kitchen as a family.
My cooking triumphs
It makes me feel good when I make something that I wouldn't normally attempt, in respect to my family's diverse diet. I make a lot of vegetarian dishes for my mom, and a lot of kosher dishes for part of my husbands family. In my normal cooking, I go by taste and not by recipe, so I think it really says something when I can make something that I don't particularly like, but is a hit with the intended recipient. I am not Jewish and do not eat kosher, but I occasionally make the Challah for Shabbat dinner with that part of the family. My mother-in-law recently told me that my Challah was the best she's ever had, even better than hers! That's probably the proudest cooking moment I have.
My cooking tragedies
I have had many failed dinners, and made a lot of mistakes in the kitchen, but I feel like I have learned from them and therefore don't regret them. The thing that truly bothers me to this day is the fact that I cannot make No-Bake Cookies. I have tried 20+ times and they have only come out right once. I can make them taste good, but we end up eating them with a spoon or crumbling them off the wax paper. It really is mind boggling to me that I can make bread or fudge, and can have my dishes requested so much, but cannot make a simple stove top cookie recipe that is taught in Home Ec. That would be my worst tragedy, because as many times as I've tried, I can't get it right.
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Pea Salad I
I have made this recipe many times. My In-Laws request it all the time. Every time I make this dressing I add 1-2 tablespoons of some kind of vinegar. The best is red wine vinegar, though I haven't tried apple cider vinegar yet. I just think it's missing something without it. I have always experimented with the layers according to what I had or what sounded good, but you definately can't omit the peas. That's what makes this salad so great. Also I use turkey bacon. This salad is a regular for family get-togethers. It does make a lot, but it always gets eaten in our house.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 14, 2006
Tartar Sauce IV
Exactly what I was looking for. I've never had store bought tartar sauce, I always just mixed dill relish with mayo. I wanted to find something with a little more complex flavor. Family loved it. I will definatly keep using this recipe. Scaled recipe way down and used dill relish instead of chopping a pickle. Soooo good!

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 13, 2006

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