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Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Living In: Springfield, Tennessee, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
Until moving to Springfield, TN many years ago; I, my husband, and our daughter lived in Nashville. We are still close enough, however, that we can enjoy all the great perks Nashville has to offer. Now that our daughter has graduated from college, and out on her own, we are "empty-nest" parents. We have eased our way into the transition quite nicely! However, I must admit we miss the "hussle and bussle" of the house being filled with her friends, as well as the activities in which she was involved. We eagerly anticipate visits and holidays with her. We are thankful for good friends! My husband and I enjoy traveling and entertaining. His hometown is Denver, CO. I LOVE COLORADO! We visit Denver at least three times a year. Our daughter joins us during skiing season,(her passion, not ours.) To me, the Rockies are unbeliveably astonishing! I've seen them many times, yet, I never tire of their beauty and wonderment. The Aspens are breathtaking, especially in the fall. We also enjoy visiting
My favorite things to cook
Any kind of fresh vegetable and hor'd'oeuvers. My husband is an excellent gardener, therefore, I can/freeze a lot of veggies that last well into the winter, and then some to share with family and friends. My husband is the expertise in the meat department. He also bakes great bread and cookies, as well as desserts. It works great for us, especially when we do entertain. He prepares the meat, breads and dessert, while I make the hor'd'oeuvers and veggies. Quite the match, I think.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I begin to choose the hor'd'oeuvers (up to 10 different ones) in late November, while my husband decides which breads and cookies that will freeze well along with the hor'd'oeuvers. We then dedicate one weekend several weeks in advance before the Christmas holidays to prepare them. This makes for easy entertaining during the holidays and those "pop-in" visitors. We turn on the Christmas music, open a bottle of wine and totally enjoy our day. It's even more special when our daughter can make it home to join us. She has added some pretty good treats to our list.
My cooking triumphs
Of all things, meatloaf. Over the years I hadn't much luck making it, even using different recipes. One day I set out to "conquer" meatloaf making. What I learned was that it wasn't so much the ingredients (although it is a big factor) it was how I handled the meat itself...I wore it out! Now, I make a great meatloaf using my own recipe, only I've learned not to mess around with the meat so much! It's at the top of my daughters requests when she visits. I also make extra, freeze it, and she takes it home in an insulated cooler.
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