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Susan Vanhoek

Susan Vanhoek
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Living In: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
My favorite things to cook
Pretty much anything but with a focus on health/heart. MIL is Indonesian, FIL is from Amsterdam, a BIL is Lebanese, my family of origin is Dutch and Irish/French and so many different food specialties/methods of cookery surround reunions. I enjoy being surprised by results/taste and am curious in the kitchen. I insist on efficiency and conservation of movement/energy when cooking, preferring to spend my time eating and enjoying instead of preparing, and then cleaning.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Many, but the best memory and what put me on the road to cooking well is making Christmas cookies with my mom in the kitchen when I was little. Those memories contain all the warmth and a connection with mom that a child could ask for - one of my earliest and best memories of just me and my mom. I know I made a mess - she never said a word - but I loved having her pretty face right next to mine and her hands guiding mine and showing me how to measure, how to pour the ingredients into the turning bowl, having her hold me while I stood on the chair, snowing outside, Christmas preparations being made, warm and smelling good inside. I will never never forget that.
My cooking triumphs
A few I am proud of.
My cooking tragedies
Oh my, many. A curious person often learns the hard way it seems, and sometimes what appears to be divine inspiration just does not make for heavenly results. But I have learned what not to do for many different kinds of cooking and types of food, and that has been a worthy place from which to branch out and experiment, with more likely successes. And in the end - don't be afraid, it's just food.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Big Soft Ginger Cookies
Oh wow, fabulous, just fabulous! Love how the molasses flavor comes through, thinking next time I'll roll in raw sugar instead of "white" sugar.

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Reviewed On: Mar. 16, 2015
Lamb Feta Peppers
I would give this 10 stars if I could; I am an accomplished cook in various ethnic cuisines and this was by far the very best stuffing I have ever had. Just the two of us ate the entire recipe in 2 dinners. I then make another batch and stuffed everything I could lay my hands on - zuchinni, yellow squash, "koosa", cabbage, even some poblano peppers - excellent in all of them! I used my own homemade tomato sauce and maybe that made it even better, hard to know. Thank You for posting your recipe!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 21, 2011
Potato and Cauliflower Casserole
Was looking for something different but yet hearty and good - this was it. I was surprised at how tasty this recipe was - the combination sounded a bit odd - but it was excellent! Many requests from kids/husb to fix again. (I used half cream and the other half milk - prolly would be just fine with all milk too.)

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 1, 2008

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