Catherine Profile - (11243251)

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Home Town: Buffalo, New York, USA
Living In: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Member Since: Mar. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I love to eat, but coming from a large family, and having worked for years as a caterer's assistant and summer-camp cook, I am new to cooking for just two. Things get even more complicated when one considers the fact that I am a baker, and my husband prefers his dinners burned over the stove-top.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake... pie, cookies, pastry, muffins. I have even been known to bake a turkey or two. As my husband doesn't like sweets, I am trying to learn to cook things more on the spicy side for him.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is by far my favorite cooking season. The family gets together every Sunday afternoon, turns on some football, mulls some cider, and the guys bake huge batches of sugar cookies, while the ladies start on candies and spice cakes to bring to the never ending string of parties, get-togethers and gift-giving events.
My cooking triumphs
While I was working as a Child Therapist, we started an Independent Living group for teens aging out of Foster Care. The first year, we had a lot of kids concerned about Christmas gifts, so we rented out the huge kitchen at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and had them all bring in their favorite family recipes, and traditional gifts. My colleague and I remade them into gift-able size portions, and we broke the kids into groups, each one working on a different project. The kids had a great time, and each one left with several tins of goodies and crafts to give to family and friends. It was such a hit, that they now do two events, one for teens, and one for families.
My cooking tragedies
My husband and I started dating in college, we had just reached the come and meet my family stage, and I really wanted to impress him. We visited my parents for the weekend, and my brothers and their girlfriends were all there as well. I decided to impress them by making a family favorite: applesauce cake. Unfortunately, I was so worried about running back and forth to the living room to make sure everyone was being nice, that I put in too much sugar, and completely forgot the flour. After baking it for over an hour,it was still just syrup! My brother was a lifesaver; he ran to the store, under the pretense of grabbing some ice cream to go with the cake, and sneaked a bakery bought cake into the kitchen for me. We had the applesauce cake-syrup over the cake and ice cream. My husband never knew the difference, until my brother mentioned the incident in his toast at our wedding!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Mom's Oatmeal Blueberry Pancakes
Just made these. I would recomend using less buttermilk, or adding it in in increments and mixing, as the full 2 cups made my batter very soupy. I added more flour, oats and soda, and it turned out well, but would have been easier if I were mixing along and had noticed before it got too thin.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 7, 2012
Rachel's Raspberry Punch
This was a huge hit at our last family reunion, I first made this for a beach vacation, with pulled pork sandwiches, pasta salad and coleslaw. Everyone who has tried this loves it. One note, it is way stronger than it tastes, go slow!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 4, 2012
Peanut Noodles
I liked this, but I feel like it would be better with rice noodles, and next time I am adding more Peppers and some other veggies.

6 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 16, 2010

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