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Home Town: Woodward, Oklahoma, USA
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Member Since: Jan. 2011
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Southern, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Quilting, Needlepoint, Gardening, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books
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About this Cook
Lived my entire life in Oklahoma, except for a few months in Kansas. When I was a child still at home, my Mom worked as a nurses aide at the local hospital. I would call her and ask if I could bake a cake and she always said yes. That started my love of cooking! Although baking is still my first love, I love to cook - PERIOD. I have 2 grandchildren and 13 "incorporated" grandchildren besides! In the spring and summer, you won't find me indoors much because my second love is gardening (vegetable and flower). I've been married to my soul mate for almost 11 years now and together we love to fish - just don't find time to do much of it! I also am learning to make quilt tops and I enjoy counted cross stitch. I know how to crochet, but haven't done it in years! I love my home and is my favorite place in the whole world to be.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake desserts - anything from cheesecakes to the simplest cake. I also love to make bread - not in a bread machine - the "get your hands messy in a glob of dough" type bread. I make potato rolls and sell them during the holidays. I like trying new dishes, but don't go in for fancy things - just good down home cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My daughter and I get together yearly and make all kinds of candy at Christmas time. We also make bierox in the winter and this year we would like to try our hand at tamales. We love spending time together and cooking is a special bond between us.
My cooking tragedies
I remember when I first started learning to cook. My Dad came home from work one night and I had made supper for him. Can't exactly remember the main course, but a couple of the side dishes was mashed potatoes and gravy. Potatoes were good, but the gravy - ooooo my - was literally so thick you could cut it. Forget about spooning it on ANYTHING. My Dad sat there and ate 3 helpings of that "gravy" and told me how wonderful it was. Bless his heart. That alone probably gave him high cholesterol! But, I'm glad to report that I can make awesome gravy now!
Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Sylvia's Ribs
These are awesome! I never vary from the original recipe the first time I make something - and I'm glad I didn't with these. The second time I made them, I didn't quite have all the ingredients so these are the changes I made - 1) used less ketchup - only 1 1/2 cups. 2) Didnt have any worcestershire, so I used 1/3 cup of liquid smoke. 3) I used the rest of the ingredients as stated. The only other thing I did different was I added the garlic to the meat while it was boiling and also threw in a sliced onion. Either way you make these, you absolutely CAN'T go wrong. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

14 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 26, 2011
Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini
This is so good it'll make ya' slap your granny! WOW!! I didn't have everything it called for to make this. All I can say is, if it's this good without all the ingredients, it's gonna be a humdinger with them! I didn't have any zucchini nor did I have any tortellini. I used rotini pasta instead. I don't like changing stuff the first time I make a recipe - otherwise what's the point in rating the recipe? Don't think there's a thing about it that I will change once I get the tortellini and the zucchini. Thanks Mary P!

13 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 9, 2011
Orange Cake
While this cake was good - I can't say that it will ever be one of my favorites. It was moist, loved the "syrup" that is poured over it, but for some reason just didn't do anything for me. I - like other reviewers - used vanilla instant pudding instead of the lemon. I added grated orange peel and orange extract instead of lemon. If I ever DO make this again, I'll use an orange cake mix too.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 28, 2011

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