lutzflcat Profile - (11492450)


Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Living In: Lutz, Florida, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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Mar. 24, 2014 8:00 am 
Updated: May 20, 2015 11:00 am
I’m coming clean with you.  I am a KITCHEN GADGET FANATIC.  Whew, there I've confessed. There is no cure for it, other than staying out of stores that carry kitchen gadgets and small appliances and, honestly, I don’t have the willpower to do that.  Yes, I’m fortunate to have a Kitchen Aid… MORE
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From The Blog:  New Horizons in the Kitchen
Vanilla Cherry Ice Cream
Italian-Style Bruschetta
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About this Cook
Retired from a high-stress sales career which involved lots of travel. I now have the time to relax, turn off the alarm clock and sleep in, read a book, magazine or the newspaper (every day, not just Sunday) and, most importantly, take in everything that the Florida lifestyle offers, and that's a lot! And, finally, I have the luxury to really pursue a lifetime passion, cooking.
My favorite things to cook
Enjoy all kinds of food and cuisines, and I literally can't think of one food that I would refuse to eat. And that even includes liver (don't like cooking it, but sure like eating it). I love good food, but you won't find me making a recipe that has 40 ingredients. I just don't have the attention span for that.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband's grandmother was from Bavaria, and his mother learned to cook many of her old-country recipes which she then passed on to me. Our traditional Christmas dinner is sauerbraten (which marinates for at least five days) with gravy, homemade egg noodles sauteed in butter, potato balls (which float to the top of the boiling water if prepared correctly), sweet and sour red cabbage, and freshly cooked apples (gotta have something healthy). It's an exhausting meal that literally takes all day to prepare, but it's worth the effort. Yeah, I know it's also a carbohydrate nightmare, but what the heck, we only have it once a year.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering the Christmas sauerbraten meal was a victory. Also, making homemade goetta, a breakfast meat from Cincinnati. My version is made with all pork, equal portions of boston butt and loin. Today's goetta in Cincy has beef in it, as does the recipe on this site, but I'm sticking with ALL pork. It is totally unhealthy for you, but it's a treat, and I don't make it often.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a number over the years like the potato balls mentioned above just disintegrating into a puddle of potato shreds. There's no recipe, it's just a matter of "feeling right" when you're mixing. Not long ago, I made a peach pie and got so caught up in trying to make the pie crust work that I forgot to add the dry ingredients (sugar, flour, cinnamon, etc.) to the peaches that were sitting in a bowl on the counter. Cooked it anyway, it was ghastly, and then threw it away. My ongoing tragedy is making pie crust. There must a black cloud hanging over my head when I'm making pie crust because I ALWAYS have problems. But I'm not giving up, one day this tragedy will turn into a triumph and be listed above!
Recipe Reviews 1421 reviews
Vanilla Cherry Ice Cream
I read the reviews, and did make a few adjustments. We're not into overly sweet anything these days (3/4 cup of sugar sounded like a lot), and I really wanted to enjoy the pure creamy flavor of the decadent whipping cream (a treat for us), so I cut the sugar to 1/3 cup which worked perfectly (just a person taste preference). I also cut the almond extract by half to 1/2 tsp, and that was more than enough to not dominate. I wanted the tasty Rainier cherries to be the flavor star, not the almond extract. That being said, this was the perfect dessert, with a great balance between vanilla and cherry, for a July 4th grilled steak dinner.

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Reviewed On: Jul. 4, 2015
Italian-Style Bruschetta
Fantastic appetizer to a 4th of July grilled steak dinner. The only thing that I changed was adding a bit of salt, nothing else. After tasting the tomato mixture, I almost added more red wine vinegar. Glad I didn't, because the balsamic drizzle brought just the perfect balance of acidity to this bruschetta. Thoroughly enjoyed, thanks for sharing! And it really is "light and fresh."

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Reviewed On: Jul. 4, 2015
Peach Pie
I substituted nectarines for the peaches. The fruit was very sweet, very ripe and very juicy, and I was a little concerned that I'd end up with a runny pie filling. I added 2 Tbsp of Minute Tapioca and about 1 tsp of cornstarch to the nectarines, and cut the sugar in half (personal taste preference). Ended up taking about 1 hour for the pie to bake and start to brown. Good pie!

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Reviewed On: Jul. 2, 2015
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