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Home Town: Ramsey, New Jersey, USA
Living In: Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
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Me with my daughter
About this Cook
I have a girl born in 1999 and a boy born in 2001. DH & I both grew up with families who LOVE to cook...always had home cooked meals and goodies. With him working FT, but me only working PT, I do most of the cooking. Can sometimes be a challenge if the kids are feeling finicky! I work about 25 hours a week (I'm a CPA) and otherwise volunteer at our synagogue & in the kids school. We also have 2 dogs.
My favorite things to cook
I am using my slow cooker more and more. It's great for the days when our sitter picks the kids up from school. I leave the house @ 11 and DH comes home @ 5:30 to dinner all prepared. The slow cooker leaves our sitter free to play with our kids. I also LOVE to make desserts, and a few dinner dishes are fun. I basically like to cook anything that people will enjoy...I LOVE to cook and host parties.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For every holiday I remember extended family together in the kitchen cooking together. Cooking isn't just about the food - it's about doing it TOGETHER. My kids frequently help me with my cooking. Not only do we spend fun time together, but my 7 year old is already learning fractions and multiplication as we double recipes together.
My cooking triumphs
For my whole life I remember a cousin who was an AMAZING cook. There was nothing she couldn't do. It always tasted AND looked incredible. She made challah for every single holiday or festivity. When she died, I brought challah to her family. While it wasn't as yummy or as pretty as hers, it was a tribute to what I most remembered about her. When her granddaughter was born, I made the challah for her naming. It wasn't about the act of cooking for was about the emotions involved with carrying on a tradition of a loved one now gone.
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Taco Seasoning I
I used the entire recipe for two pounds of meat (one pound of turkey and one pound of ground beef) for our taco night and it was PERFECT!! The perfect amount and the perfect taste! I browned the meats, drained the fat, and then added about 1/2c of water and all the spice mix and it was just wonderful! I was skeptical, but I really couldn't taste the difference between this and the chemical and preservative laden spice packets. DEFINITE KEEPER!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 19, 2015
Slow Cooker Cider Applesauce (No Sugar Added)
This is a REALLY good and easy applesauce! I used 5lbs of Honey Crisps we picked two months ago that were just starting to get soft. I cooked this on low for 8 hours, and then cooked it for another hour with the lid off the crock as the applesauce was VERY soupy. I am used to sweet applesauce, and find this has a bit of a bite to it in addition to the sweetness, and I'm just not sure I love that. I added 1/2 packet of Truvia to the portion I just ate, and that softened the kick. If you're looking for an overly and overtly sweet applesauce, this isn't for you....but it is FULL of flavor and very good.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 19, 2014
Soft, Chewy Rosh Hashanah Honey-Walnut Cookies
Followed recipe exactly as written and WOW are these yummy! Soft and fluffy with a definite honey flavor. Highly recommend!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 3, 2013

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