Wintermom Profile - (1228322)

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Home Town: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Living In: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Member Since: Jul. 2002
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Gardening, Boating, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I started cooking in elementary school - a long time ago! I have been married for almost 19 years and we have a son and a daughter. I am trying hard to teach my kids to cook. My son makes great bacon/egg/cheese bagels for breakfast and can make killer chocolate chip cookies as well. My daughter has little interest right now, but will help out in the kitchen to spend time with me (I treasure that, because I know before long they'll be nowhere in sight!). I'm a graphic designer for a newspaper company and manage the composing department, so long hours are not unusual. I need to be better planning meals ahead of time and finding FAST recipes for weeknights. I love to cook and on weekends it seems I'm always feeding extra mouths - friends are always welcome for dinner here! Outside of the kitchen I love to snowmobile, watch the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers, garden, read, and be with friends.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook just about anything! I have always admired those who can create something from items on hand, without the use of a recipe - I can't seem to get past the need to at least have a starting point with a recipe. I often change them to fit our tastes, but I seem to need that "crutch" so to speak.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have been preparing Easter dinner for the last 10 years, and usually host both sides of our family that day. I also love baking Christmas cookies with my mom and mother-in-law.
Recipe Reviews 84 reviews
Cheesecake Lemon Bars
A combination of two of my favorites - cheesecake and lemon bars. These are delicious! I added a couple drops of pure lemon extract based on a couple of reviews saying there wasn't enough lemon flavor. They are definitely lemon-y. I made them for the Staff Appreciation Luncheon at the high school today. Hope they enhjoy them as much as I do.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 26, 2015
Italian Green Beans
I marinated the green beans in the Italian dressing all day, then cooked them as the recipe directed, using only half the butter called for. Also added some minced garlic. We enjoyed the recipe.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 2, 2014
Meatloaf on the Grill
I made this today for our Father's Day gathering, with some simple changes. I used 1 lb. ground pork, 1 lb. ground turkey, 2 lbs. ground chuck. Added diced onion, omitted the mushrooms and made a glaze of ketchup, mustard and brown sugar that I spread on the top. We loved it! So nice to have meatloaf in the summer without heating up the kitchen with the oven on for an hour.

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Reviewed On: Jun. 15, 2014

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