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Indn Maid

Indn Maid
Home Town: South Dakota, USA
Living In: North Dakota, USA
Member Since: Apr. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Healthy
Hobbies: Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Genealogy, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
An adventurous cook, I don't think I've ever followed a recipe exactly. My grandmothers taught me that a recipe is a guideline only, & I've always followed that. My life is like that too. A lifelong IndigenUs human rights slave laborer; Traditional person; I love sticking my finger in the eye of pompous/self-righteous bullies & upsetting their applecarts - usually with a grin. I garden; build/rebuild; am currently recycling an old building from abandoned to lovable as well as livable using almost all recycled materials. This year's projects include replacing window units with 55X71" recycled units; adding solar heaters (my design); replacing the rear entry & reroofing the kitchen. Around building my micro-corporation, which has struggled to exist because bigotry is a reality here, & some local bigwigs "don't condone" independence amoung us IndigenUs. tch, tch.. So far, it's uppity Indn woman 10, bigots 0 & I mean to keep it that way.
My favorite things to cook
Tanigha - Lakota for tripe; kidney; any wild meat; fry bread (I make my dough in my bread machine); figuring out what neat stuff I can make in my bread machine; slow cooking; dried meat(boppa), fruits & vegetables; wasna, which is sometimes called by another Nation's name - pemmican. We use it for ceremonial food. Am still trying to get tomatoes to dry properly, in any format. The checklists here don't begin to cover enough ground for kinds of foods we like to cook.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Anything made from scratch & natural. I detest & abhor box mixes.
My cooking triumphs
Some of my family's homemade IndigenUs treats have become products for my micro-corporation; providing jobs for other IndigenUs, along with opportunity & hope for life without being forced onto welfare.
My cooking tragedies
So far, so good.. just one. It was a challenge to learn to make good pancake & waffle batter. Um, make that A Challenge. My first efforts tasted like library paste - & looked like it, too. Bleyech!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Butternut and Acorn Squash Soup
I cut the butter to 1 Tbsp, added 1 Tbsp olive oil, substituted 1 Tbsp raw honey for all the unnecessary brown (or any other) sugar). Added 2 cloves of garlic & used 1/2C onion. A subsequent batch I substituted plain yogurt for the cream cheese (for which I use low-fat, & it tasted the same but was a bit thinner. Great flavor!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 20, 2010
Honey Whole Wheat Bread
I changed the amount of water to 1.25 C & the honey to 1/4 C, which resulted in a better loaf, in my opinion, because I had a nice crust that I didn't "have" to give to the dog. (He still got some; they own us, you know.) The crust was obviously there, but it wasn't rock-hard. And when the machine told me the bread was finished baking, I immediately opened the machine & sprayed the top of the loaf with cooking oil, then shut the lid & let the loaf cool as usual until it was cool enough to handle. Then (also as usual) I removed the loaf from the machine & put it in a plastic bag to finish cooling. Got a nice loaf with beautiful crumb & crust. I'm happy.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 15, 2010
Steakhouse Wheat Bread for the Bread Machine
This bread FIANLLY gave me a machine-made bread with beautiful texture & good flavor, although I will cut back on the sweetener next time. I used the lightest crust setting my machine has, but the dog still got the crust - & loved it. The other thing that baffles me is, with this recipe, the dough formed in balls which didn't stick together (!) I let it bake that way & treated the loaf as a pull-apart. It's a fine starting place for finding a way to make bread in the machine that has a texture other than baked hockey puck. In fact, it has a very nice texture.

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Reviewed On: May 25, 2010

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