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Home Town: Otisco, New York, USA
Living In: Buffalo, New York, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
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Ice Cream Sprinkles
Kingsley Orchard, Otisco, NY
About this Cook
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was a child, growing up in rural Central New York among acres and acres of apple orchards, my grandmother would visit every October and spend weeks baking apple pies. It was "the kids'" job to walk up the hill to the orchard with a brown paper bag, and fill the bag with "drops" (the owner of the orchard certainly didn't want us picking the apples right off the tree!). During her visit, I would return from school in the afternoons to a flour-dusted kitchen and a wonderful, comforting aroma. Pies, pies, and more pies, my mother would freeze them for us to enjoy throughout the year. One year she made 78 pies during one visit!! To this day, I cannot enjoy a slice of apple pie - I'd become "appled out." Still, I cherish these memories fondly.
My cooking triumphs
My mother passed away in March, 2005, and as a Christmas gift for my family, decided to design and publish a collection of recipes from my mother's kitchen. I am extremely proud of the final result; my cooking triumph. It brought tears to eyes, and was considered "the best Christmas present ever" by a few of my siblings. Not only are the recipes delicious, but leafing through it is enjoyable. Every now and then, a sibling will call or email to let me know that that night, they cooked a recipe from the book. You may see a preview (and even purchase the book!). Just enter this link into your browser: http://www.lulu.com/content/196927
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Salty Chihuahua
I used to say "Tequila'll kill ya" and then someone gave me a holiday gift of a bottle of tequila. What to do? 2 years later, I finally pulled the bottle off the shelf yesterday after reading this recipe and its reviews. We've been experiencing record-hot temps and humidity for days and days this summer; I needed a quick fix. So easy!! There is no more-refreshing drink out there that can be so easy to make - except maybe a tall glass of water, but that's no fun. Especially no fun to say! Thanks for the recipe.

17 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 1, 2005
Bean and Tomato Stew with Sage
Can't get much easier! This stew was simple to make, and needed very little attention while simmering, granting me the opportunity to finish cleaning up the kitchen and set the table. Very satisfying, while compatible with low-cal dieting. Just short of 5 stars because the herbs are borderline over-powering. Tasty, but a bit too much competition with the simplicity of the beans and tomatoes. Still a keeper - this is a great warmer-upper!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 28, 2004
Roasted Acorn Squash
While the flavor of this dish is terrific, the texture is simply too dry. I stood at my refrigerator, searching for something, "anything" that I could add to make it more palatable. I finally added about 1/2 cup of pineapple juice and cooked it in that for an additional 5 minutes. It did the trick! I will make it again, but will also add the juice.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 18, 2004

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