ScratchCook Profile - (11186538)

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Home Town: Indiana, USA
Living In: Virginia, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Needlepoint, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am very supportive of the slow foods movement. I am a stay-at-home mome of three young children. I make our bread, soups, mixes, cookies, cakes, and everything from scratch.
My favorite things to cook
I bake breads from scratch. I have done breads from hand and with a bread machine with consistant sucess. I love bread my oldest son gets so excited when I bake bread even if its just plain French. I LOVE to bake cookies and decorate cakes. I am more interested in making my families favorite snacks healthy and nutritious.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make a five course meal on Sunday, which then determines what we eat for the rest of the week. I like to start the morning with a protien rich low/no sugar breakfast for my family. Lunch is either left overs or robust salad (I make my own dressings - its easier than it sounds). Dinner is a 3/4 fruits & veggies, 1/4 lean meats. We rarely eat red meat. We have a meatless meal where we will eat quinoa or black rice instead of meat weekly. Lets not kid ourselves - we indulge in Dominos every now and again.
My cooking triumphs
Creating a butter cream cake that had rainbow swirls inside the cake. I drew an unicorn with a rainbow for my daughter's first birthday. It turned out amazing and it was my first attempt at cake decorating and it was also the first cake I bake from scratch.
My cooking tragedies
If I cant make it from scratch; I dont make it. I want to know exactly what I am feeding my family. I think there are too many chemicals, many harmful, which people consume without a second thought. Its healthier and less expensive to make your families meals. Cooking and baking is also a lot easier than what people realize. If you can read and follow basic instruction; then you can cook.
Recipe Reviews 35 reviews
Penne Pasta with Spinach and Bacon
AMAZING DISH! My kids HATE veggies but they ate every bite. I was even able to sneak in some sundried tomatoes and a handful of pinenuts. I did use turkey bacon instead of regular so I had to use a little more olive oil. I also used frozen spinach instead of fresh.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 15, 2011
Squirrel Legs
I love squirrel. Great recipe. My ultimate favorite will always be with biscuits & gravy.

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 30, 2010
Grandma's Meat Sauce
Awesome recipe. I substituted 1lb ground turkey and 1lb ground steak. I also sauted onion when I browned my meat then added that to my sauce. I also added mushroom. I did a red wine reduction after I finshed cooking my meat and mushrooms. I like my spices so I added a few more: I added 1 tsp thyme, 2 tbsp freshly minced basil, 1 tbsp parsley.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 6, 2010
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