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Living In: Bath, Michigan, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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A very happy day....
About this Cook
I'm an IT professional who LOVES to cook. And my family LOVES to eat so it's a win-win for all of us. I'm married to a wonderful man and have two beautiful sons.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, especially things that require more work and patience than cake from a box. I like to try new things, and never fail to try. If they don't turn out the first time, I always try again, maybe even a third time. By then, if it doesn't work out, it's not meant to me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking during the holidays is definitley a favorite pastime. My mom used to be a baker and I would love to sit and watch when I was young, then help when I got a little older. I cook and bake like I'm doing it for a crowd of 100.
My cooking triumphs
Popovers would be my cooking triumph. They are wonderfully delicious, especially with the strawberry butter I make. Cheesecakes would be another. I make every flavor you can imagine and I'm not afraid of experimenting.
My cooking tragedies
Oh my, I've had many. I wouldn't even know where to begin.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Caramel Popcorn
I ended up making two batches of this recipe today. I altered the serving size just a bit so I could use my hot air corn popper. Two batches of popcorn made 12 cups so I increased the recipe size. I did cut back on the butter by about half....left the remaining ingredients the same. The second batch I made I threw in some pecans, almonds and peanuts for variety. I have to say its absolutely delicious. Other than cutting back on the butter, I wouldn't change a thing. Oh....i didn't warm my popcorn before coating with the caramel and it seemed pretty good. Also, 250 degrees seemed to work well also. I did alter the pans from top to bottom rack every 15 minutes as I stirred so that may have helped some. Recommend for sure!!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 15, 2013
My Crab Cakes
Super delicious. I changed it up a bit. I used 8 oz. fresh crab meat and 8 oz. imitation lobster chunks. I used minced garlic rather than garlic powder, a good squirt of prepared mustard and rather than 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, I only used 1/4 tsp. i also omitted coating the patties with panko or bbread crumbs. They fried up just perfect. I used an ice cream scoop to make uniform patties and it yielded 8. These are terrific, I will definitely make them again.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 25, 2012
Olive Oil Dip for Italian Bread
I have to say this is now one of my favorite recipes. This is so easy to make, most people probably have all the ingredients right in their pantry, and it whips up in minutes. It was definitely a crowd pleaser. I made the recipe exactly as it was written, then after dinner, added another 1/4 cup of oil and 2 TB of balsamic vinegar as there was a lot of the other ingredients remaining. The second time around batch was as great as the first. Delicious!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2011

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