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Michelle from Iowa

Michelle from Iowa
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Member Since: Oct. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Quick & Easy, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
Live in a small, midwestern town. Grew up on a farm so learned cooking at an early age from my mother; hearty, from scratch, with German influence. Married with three children, one of whom has Aspberger's Syndrome, four grandchildren, one of whom is autistic. After 15 years in the field of disabilities I am working as a paraprofessional in the school system. My husband milks cows in a huge dairy. My oldest son is a professional chef, the middle one used to cook in a restaurant but is now in agriculture, and my youngest daughter, who is 12 thinks she wants to go into the medical field!
My favorite things to cook
I love to make soup. None of these watered down appetizer soups, but stick-to-the-ribs main meals! The combinations are endless! I also like to bake bread but it is so tempermental that it has taken me many years to produce a company-worthy loaf. I've practiced much more since getting a professional grade mixer with a dough hook!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Rommegrot(Norwiegen pudding) on Christmas Eve. Otherwise, in recent years I've tried to make a variety of dishes with different cultural themes.
My cooking triumphs
I once attempted raised glazed doughnuts and they turned out better than a bakery! But they were so much work I haven't made them since! A few years ago, I made jerked pork from a recipe in Bon Appetite that was out of this world! I used a smoker grill and a vinegary "mop" sauce to slow-cook it. I am a big recipe "tweaker" but it sometimes gets me into trouble when it turns out exceptionally well and I've forgotten to write down the ingredients!
My cooking tragedies
I have yet to make a flaky,picture-perfect pie crust like the ones my Aunt makes, so I cheat with the ready-mades in the dairy case! I also get too impatient when making sauces on the stove-top and end up scorching it!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Cranberry Pumpkin Bread
I made this into two coffeecakes. Take one to the office and the other for your family! I used jellied cranberry sauce instead of whole because that's what I had on hand. I also ground a WHOLE orange in my food processor and put half of it in the batter/saved half for the struesel. Added 1 c white sugar and 1 more tsp cinnamon to batter. Streusel: 1c trail mix(mine had almonds, raisins, dates, oatmeal), 1/2 c oatmeal, 1/2 c flour, 1/2 c white sugar, 1tsp cinnamon, 1/2 ground orange, and a little over 1/3 c butter-spin it all in the food processor and then divide evenly between the two cakes. Baked in a 9x9 AND a 7x10 pan. You'l LOVE the addition of the orange! Someone gave me several cans of the jellied sauce and our family really doesn't care for it but this was AWESOME!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 12, 2010
Southern Fried Cabbage
I like to add a couple of thin-sliced tart apples. Saute them in the bacon grease with the onion. Brown sugar instead of white and just a dash of white vinegar. We had this at a pioneer re-enactment village made over a woodstove and it was awesome!

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 13, 2010
Whipped Butternut Squash
I tweak this recipe by adding about 1/4 c pancake syrup and sometimes a dash of nutmeg. Real butter is a must. Make it extra creamy by using the food processor. My husband loves it!

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Reviewed On: Sep. 19, 2010

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