Bernie Profile - (10900217)


Home Town: Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA
Living In: Cary, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Italian, Healthy, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Fishing, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
Time to update the profile! I am now working on 64, still love to cook,& STILL miss my DH whom I lost in May of 2007, from esophageal cancer. We were married for almost 42 years, and raised 3 daughters, one of whom we lost in 1999, as a result of a horrible car accident, when she was 17 years old. Jenna lived almost 10 years after that accident, but with multiple physical as well as cognitive disabilities. So I now have 2 special angels in heaven! I am an RN, and currently looking for a new job, possibly in the Pediatric Home Health Care Arena. Both of my other DD's live out of state, & I miss them too! I live with my faithful cat, Sable T., who is a 10 year old "torty".Email: dubnick2@aoldotcom
My favorite things to cook
Breakfast is my favorite meal! I love preparing family-requested recipes for getting together. I've recently been interested in finding recipes that serve just one or 2, so that I don't have a refrigerator full of leftovers! My tastes are pretty traditional, but I'm willing to try new things. I enjoy baking from scratch, as well as quick and easy!I also love to can, and make homemade jams!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My best loved favorites would include my lasagne, baked beans,roast beef dinner, southern fried chicken, and New England clam chowder. Candy making is one of my favorites, too, and my homemade caramels are wonderful!I love making my Mother's old recipes, like her German potato salad!
My cooking triumphs
One of the most fun, cooking experiences was hosting a Christmas Breakfast potluck, for my nurse buddies! I made 2 main dishes, and then everybody contributed something. We had such a good time, and lots of recipes were exchanged.
My cooking tragedies
Probably my worst failure was the time I canned kosher dill pickles. I bought a bushel of pickles at the Farmers Market, and made dozens of quarts of dills, only to have them all end up being soggy, and not crunchy. SOOO disappointing, after all that time and effort!
Recipe Reviews 17 reviews
Pumpkin and Sausage Soup
This is delicious! The only things I changed, were that I sub'd hot Italian Sausage, the other sausage was too spicy for my taste. Also, no Praline liqueur, so sub'd a little maple syrup instead. I will definitely make this again! Thanks for the recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 10, 2014
Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce
This was awesome!My only regret is finding the recipe at the end of Summer tomato season! I added fresh minced garlic, and for the dressing I used a package of Good Season's Cheese and herbs dressing, subbing Balsamic for regular vinegar. I omitted the onion, but that is just my personal taste. I will definitely be making this again! I would like to try adding cooked shrimp next time! Thanks, Kelcampbell!

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 22, 2011
Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy
I made this yesterday, and finished it today ... a bit of work, but well worth the end result! It tastes delicious, and my gravy is all done for the big day! The only thing I did differently, was after straining the broth, I refrigerated it overnight, making removal of the fat simpler. Definitely 5 stars, and I will make this again. Thanks for this time saving recipe! ♥

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 25, 2009
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