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Beth James, Midwest Cooking

Beth James, Midwest Cooking
Home Town: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Living In: Ankeny, Iowa, USA
Member Since: Nov. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Kids, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Camping, Biking, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Wine Tasting
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Apple Picking time!
Gott segnen dieses Haus
About this Cook
I am a stout little German and I love to cook! I inheritted this love from my mother and my grandmother. They taught me that food is a love language and I love people! I am by no means a professional cook, it's just my favorite hobby.
My favorite things to cook
I am definately German to the core and love to cook with sauerkraut (I have been known to satisfy a craving by eating sauerkraut straight out of the can!) I also love Italian, Mexican and Asian cuisine and my husband got me interested in Indian curries!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Since I was old enough to hold a wooden spoon, I have baked and cooked in the kitchen with my mother and grandmother. Christmas is my favorite holiday since we get together and bake all sorts of goodies. I remember helping my grandmother make Pfeffernuesse (pepper nuts) by rolling out the dough into a long snake and she would cut it into pieces. I love to make cutout sugar cookies and frost them, date cookies, mandelschnitten, molasses cookies, kringla, lebkuchen and linzer cookies.
My cooking triumphs
I have recently tackled Indian cooking and am getting pretty dog gone good at Red Curry and Vindaloo! I'm also known for my "refrigerator recipes" that have no specific recipe, i just clean out my fridge into soup or casserole and it tastes fabulous!
My cooking tragedies
The first time my sister and I made Coq au Vin (Chicken with Wine) it took 2 hours and we almost started a fire with the brandy! My skills have improved somewhat since then. =) There was also the time I took my eyes off the meat loaf too long and the dog was the only one that go to enjoy it!! Lucky dog!
Recipe Reviews 9 reviews
Super-Delicious Zuppa Toscana
FABULOUS!!! i have looked for a while for an at home version of my favorite "italian restaurant" soup and now i have it! i also used hot sausage, patted the excess fat off, used a little pepper flake and used kale. i love the way the dull kale turns bright green in the soup! absolutely amazing!

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Reviewed On: Nov. 17, 2009
Party Chicken I
I would give this 5 stars, my husband however was not a fan of the "heaviness" but I'm German and loved it! For my husband instead of wrapping the chicken in bacon, I cut a pocket into the side of the breast and stuffed it with bacon bits and swiss cheese. A wonderful addition!

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Reviewed On: Oct. 20, 2009
Bierock Casserole
Wow thanks! MY grandma used to make Bierocks for us when we were kids but I am seldom in the mood to make the dough and assemble them! This tastes just as good, is MUCH less mess and makes a bigger batch! I did season my beef with my favorite steak seasoning and garlic pepper but not too much. I wanted to make sure the sauerkraut shined through. I drained my sauerkraut but did not rinse it, I LOVE the taste of sauerkraut! This one is a keeper!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 6, 2009

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