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Rhonda N

Rhonda N
Home Town: Temperance, Michigan, USA
Living In: Jonesborough, Tennessee, USA
Member Since: Sep. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Vegetarian, Gourmet
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Biking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I am the busy mother of six children ages 13 to 3. I have always enjoyed cooking and as my family has grown, so has my time in the kitchen! I am always looking for great recipes that feed a crowd. My husband is easy to please and loves healthy recipes. Healthy cooking makes us all feel better and increases our productivity.
My favorite things to cook
I like breakfast and supper recipes the best. Crock pot recipes-especially in the fall and winter are wonderful. Admittedly, I'm not a very good baker, but would love to improve on that. My oldest daughter is better at baking bread than I am. We have a saying at our house, "Mom isn't very good with dough!" I handle it too much and my breads turn out too tough, unless I use the breadmaker.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our family eats supper together every evening, but I think our favorite tradition has been our Saturday morning pancake tradition. I don't think we've missed this more than five times in my fifteen years of marriage! We have grown to love wholewheat pancakes and sometimes add special touches like apples, blueberries, pumpkin, or pecans. Yum!
My cooking triumphs
Two things that our family loves about our traditions are: 1. We have a family cookbook that is just a three-ring binder with our recipes in page protectors. When I make something new and we all really like it, the kids will say that this recipe needs to go into our cookbook. I use the computer to type and save the recipe into the and print it out for the cookbook. This cookbook will go to each child when he or she marries. This way we will be able to keep our family's recipes preserved. 2. We started a tradition of trying to eat dessert only once a week-on Sundays. I let each child take turns planning and making this dessert each week. We have kept it up for four years now. The family favorite dessert is Chocolate Pudding Cake AKA "Crazy Cake". It's the old recipe where the cake bakes with a rich pudding layer underneath it. It's an old recipe I hear! Anyway, each child enjoys when it is his or her turn to make our dessert. Sometimes it's very simple and sometimes it is
My cooking tragedies
As newlyweds, I wanted to impress my husband's friends who were coming to supper by grilling shish kabobs using my mother's recipe. Half-way into cooking them, the grill ran out of gas! I was mortifyed, but microwaving them turned out to be O.K. Everyone said they tasted fine, but of course, I was disappointed in the meal! Another time when I was in college, I wanted to make rice krispy treats for a Bible study that was meeting at my house. I hadn't ever made them before and didn't measure carefully enough. They came out so hard, we couldn't even cut them with a knife! I was so disappointed, but everyone understood! I tell this story repeatedly-ha! It's hard to believe that ANYONE couldn't get such an easy recipe to turn out!
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Zu's Fried Apple Pies
This is a good recipe, but it's even better with the following changes: 1) Add cinnamon to the pastry. 2) Don't mash the apples up into a sauce, but just slice them thinly, and it tastes more authentic. 3) to the apple mixture, add the following spices: nutmeg, cloves, and a little more cinnamon. I would highly suggest adding the spices TO YOUR OWN TASTE. I love spices, so I will add a lot more. 3) Instead of using shortening in your pastry, use softened butter. Make sure the butter is still cool from the refrigerator, but able to stir. (By the way, I would suggest doing that ANY time you're making crusts and pastries). I hope you enjoy this recipe!

7 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 27, 2012
Pumpkin Gingerbread
When I made this is turned out delicious! Here are some changes I made: 1) I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil (to be healthier) This made the batter thicker, but in the end it turned out alright. 2) I added 1 tsp. nutmeg, and I doubled all of the other spices. 3) I kept the amount of baking soda the same, but I put in a full teaspoon of Baking Powder instead of just 1/2 of a teaspoon. It made the bread fluffier. This recipe was an all around favorite! Definitely 5 stars!!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2012
Baked Salmon II
This is a great and VERY simple recipe to make. Anybody can make this one, even if you don't know ANYTHING at all about salmon! :) Here are some good suggestions. 1) My main suggestion is this: There is WAY TOO MUCH OLIVE OIL! After reading another review, I put in half the olive oil, and even that was a bit too much! 2) I added a teaspoon of dill and it turned out wonderful! 3) I am a garlic-lover and I did two more cloves of garlic than the recipe called for. ;) That always tastes better!! I know you'll enjoy this recipe! We had this with steamed broccoli and wild rice. This recipe - (despite too much olive oil) - is just perfect and everyone LOVES IT! Try it!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 18, 2012
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