notmuchofacook Profile - (11150227)


Home Town: Clinton, Iowa, USA
Living In: New Albin, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Southern
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About this Cook
Always loved to cook, but until my wife became ill, never really put much time into it. Now I'm on my own, and I try to cook as much as possible, but I eat a LOT of leftovers.
My favorite things to cook
Comfort foods.....pot roast, pot pies, scalloped potatoes....guy stuff....and bread.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother was an awesome cook and baker, and I am always trying to make her traditional dishes as well as she made them. Bread was one of her specialties, and I love the whole process of bread baking. Someday, I hope to get close to baking bread like my Mom's.
My cooking triumphs
Perfect potato pancakes.
My cooking tragedies
One time, I was trying to roast a turkey in an oven bag using a roaster oven to free up my regular oven. The bird was stuffed and doctored up inside the bag, but when I tried to put it into the preheated roaster, the bag touched the sides and immediately melted, which caused some temporary anxiety, to say the least.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Creamy Garlic and Onion Spaghetti
Sorry I couldn't give this more stars. I loved the flavor of it, but the sauce needs to be slightly thicker, easy enough to accomplish. I agree with some others, it seems to be missing something, maybe some kind of cheese or spice. Might be great with a spicy Italian sausage. I used way more parmesan cheese than called for and some steamed shrimp, which was a good addition. I may make this again, because I was intrigued by taste, but will definitely make some changes. Oh....I used dry vermouth instead of chardonay. I'm not much of a wine drinker, and vermouth keeps well in the fridge and is a good substitute.

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Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2015
Grandma's Clover Leaf Rolls
I've been looking for a good dinner roll recipe for a while and tried these with good results. The texture of these rolls is like a super fresh store bought hamburger bun, and the flavor is wonderful (I added a little extra sugar). I thought the dough had a nice consistency, rose well, and was pretty easy to work with. I prefer a little coarser texture to the crumb, and next time, I may reduce the flour and some of the shortening to try for a little drier texture. Otherwise, very similar to my "grandma's" dinner rolls, which we all know, are to die for.

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Reviewed On: Nov. 26, 2014
Mongolian Beef and Spring Onions
I don't normally review stuff, but I have to say that this basic recipe was really fun. I cut it all in half, but to the sauce, I added a dash of cayenne, some white pepper, and some onion powder. You have to adjust the brown sugar to your taste, but the sauce is just much better after you cook it with the meat and veggies. Anyway, I just used a large yellow onion, added some thinly sliced carrots, and thawed frozen peas, and this was absolutely luscious....just like from a Chinese restaurant. Thanks so much for a great contribution.

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Reviewed On: Sep. 30, 2012

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