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Home Town: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Bassett, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2010
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Middle Eastern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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About this Cook
I married my best friend and high school sweetheart almost 31 years ago. We have four children, two boys and two girls all in various stages of post secondary education. My husband is 100% Armenian and he taught me how to cook his favorite foods when we first married - he says that I'm a better cook than his Mom was! My youngest won't eat noodles, and my number three won't eat potatoes (except chipped or fried), so cooking for a family of 6 plus has been a continual challenge!
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake; breads and biscotti are my specialities. We as a family are eating healthier - no HFCS, low fat, etc... We are continually looking for ways to "healthify" or favorite foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
French Meat Pie for Christmas breakfast; Armenian Shish-ke-bab on the 4th of July; teaching all 4 children how to make pilaf; passing on my Great Aunt's and Grandmother's handwritten recipes on down to my children
My cooking triumphs
Preparing our son and daughter-in-law's wedding picnic for over 150 people. People are still talking about the wonderful food almost five years later!
My cooking tragedies
There are too many to list.
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Traditional Gyro Meat
I would have given this five stars, but I didn't have any lamb, so because of MY substitution, I didn't feel that it was right to do so....that having been said, this is an excellent recipe for gyros!! I made it as directed (minus the lamb) but instead of putting it into a loaf pan, I used my cookie scooper to make them into small balls, cooked them in a non-stick ceramic pan on med-high, flattenening them with a pancake turner and a measuring cup - I used the pyrex measuring cup to help flatten the patties into almost lacy-like 'things' not a pattie, not a slice, but the family loves them like this! It is a little more time consuming than making the loaf, but two of my children and my husband don't like the loaf slices (could be because they don't like meatloaf??) So, to keep peace, this is how I cook them. I make a tzatziki sauce with yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and dried mint leaves, slice an onion and tomatoes, cut some pita and move out ot the way!! This makes a LOT of patties, so lunch for the next day is already made - that is if the leftovers don't disappear during the night.....

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 27, 2012
Zucchini Brownies
Easy, fudgy and delicious!! I grate and freeze zucchini in the summer and divide it into two cup packages. When one of the kids needs a snack for school, scouts, or we're going to a pot-luck or other event, I take a bag out of the freezer, thaw, drain and add the zucchini to the recipe! Easy peasy!! We have found these brownies so rich that we don't frost them. Sometimes, I add a cup of semi-sweet pieces to the batter, too! Freezing the zucchini breaks the fibers down enough so that when you add it to the brownies, people who don't like zucchini, can't tell that THAT is what is IN the brownies. I also like the fact that this recipe doesn't need eggs; so I always have plenty of ingredients on hand to make these.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Sep. 8, 2011
Soft-N-Fluffy Hamburger Buns
These are by far the best buns I have ever tasted. The only change I made was to use either olive or corn oil as a sub for the canola - I just don't like canola. I make them in my KA since I don't have a bread machine. I proof my yeast, water and sugar first. Then add the vital wheat gluten, oil,salt and flour; let it rise and proceed as directed in step 2. I spritz them with water while baking to crisp up the crust; they are delicious! It's important to use the vital wheat gluten - I think that's what makes these so good! Thank you for submitting such a great recipe.

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 7, 2010
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Cooking Level: Intermediate
About me: I am a busy stay at home mother to 4 children!

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