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Living In: Boise, Idaho, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2011
Cooking Level: Professional
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Hunting, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am the girliest tom boy you will ever meet. My mother was so excited to have a little girl to make frilly...she got Annie Oakley! I LOVE to cook and grew up on a farm where I spent my days between the kitchen and the feilds and cow pastures. I have traveled extensively and eaten as well as prepared some of the finest cuisine. I have spent most of the lsat 20 years in both resturants and institutional food service. My mother was a professional cake decorator and an artist and I inherited that from her. I love to go fishing for kokanee and trout and then come home and prepare my catch of the day. I entertain on a regular basis and I love to go wine tasting to find wines to pair with my creations.I also hunt fowl. It's always a good day when I come home with my hunting dog Mr Rooney exhusted and a bird or two! I also have 2 shih tzus (Lily & Herman). The 3 amigos as I call them enjoy home made dog treats and doggie birthday cake.
My favorite things to cook
The first thing I ever learned to make was Swedish Meatballs. Other things I love to cook are; Chicken Oscar, Pulled Pork & Chicken, Fresh caught fish and game fowl. Mexcican dishes adn Italian pastas adn fresh sauces.Eggs Benidict, French Toast, Quiche, Cream Puffs, Pie, Cake, Chocolate dipped things, Cookies, Biscotti. Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, Chicken Wellington, Au Gratin Potatoes, Meatloaf and Dutchess Potatoes. I recently made red velvet waffels for brunch..WAHT A HIT! My favorite meal to cook is Thanksgiving Dinner and believe it or not,my favorite meal to eat is grilled cheddat on white and my granmothers recipe for h9ome made tomato bail soup. Top that off with mome made ice cream. I also love to make cookies and brownies and fruit cobblers. I make my own sausage and I an famous for my dips and hors d oeurves.
My favorite family cooking traditions
A favortie childhood day was making huckelberry jam and home made bread with my nana and then putting fresh cream in a mason jar and rolling it back and forth on the porch then partaking of our efforts. I also enjoyed many days with my mom decorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies. One of my favorite childhood traditions was Grandpa and I would go to the coup and kill the turkey the night before and pluck it.
My cooking triumphs
I have won awards for my cream puffs, baked apples, chocolate cake, hickelberry cobbler and rhubard pie. I get many requests for my stuffed mushrooms, buffalo chicken chili and little smokies. My stromboli is a staple at all of the winter gatherings in my circle.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I ever helped prepare the Thanksgiving turkey I was about 10 years old and becuase the skin was brown I was CONVINCED it was done. To apease me Nana got it out of the oven and let me try to carve it...pink and cold. Thank heaven she taught me how to use a thermometer, becuase the pop up indicator on that bird failed. That Thanksgiving was the first time we had ever purchased a turkey from the store. The tradition had always been that
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