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Home Town: Buffalo Grove, Illinois, USA
Living In: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Member Since: May 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I'm a busy, multi-tasking woman who loves to cook! I cook dinner every night and it truly serves as my stress relief for the day.
My favorite things to cook
I'm allergic to tomatoes, so I really enjoy finding substitutes for tomatoes. I became allergic to them at age 18, so I had already fallen in love with the simple pleasures of life like cold pizza, sloppy joes, and chili on a cold winter day. I am happy to say that there isn't anything I haven't been able to make and make it taste just as good as if there were tomatoes in it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas cookies! The entire process of figuring out which cookies to make every year and then baking them, decorating them! I love it!
My cooking triumphs
I love hosting holiday dinners at my house and at the end of the night I always feel like those are my cooking triumphs! I start the day before and plan everything out and print out a schedule of my day for times I have to start things, what will be cooling while something else is in the oven, when the meat has to go in, etc. I love it, but it's a ton of work and I want everything to be perfect. So far, I haven't had to get takeout, so I count every single holiday as a triumph!
My cooking tragedies
I've been very lucky so far that everything I've made has been edible -- perhaps not delicious, but at least edible. I've had more of the everyday tragedies that make life comical - like not covering something in the microwave and being about 0.5 seconds away from it as you watch it explode. Or putting a pot holder on a hot burner and have it catch on fire. Or forgetting about the garlic bread under the broiler until the smoke detector goes off.
Recipe Reviews 130 reviews
Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
I used half 2% milk and half skim milk, no onion, a little garlic powder and it was delicious! I did remove the cover for the last 30 minutes to allow it to brown per the other reviews. This is definitely a keeper!

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 6, 2011
Peanut Clusters
I would recommend using salted peanuts. I also substituted the peanut butter chips for butterscotch chips.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 2, 2010
Boston Baked Beans
Delicious!! I made a few changes. I soaked the beans overnight, but did not simmer them - I drained that water and rinsed the beans then put them in the crockpot with 5-6 cups of water, 2 onions and 1 tsp salt. Cooked them on low for 4 hours. Then added all the other ingredients (with the following changes - only 2 tsp Worcestershire, 1 tsp dry mustard, and no additional salt and a dash of liquid smoke) to the crockpot and continued cooking a few more hours. I did not use bacon. But truly a delicious recipe!!!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 22, 2010

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