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Living In: Barry, Illinois, USA
Member Since: Jan. 2009
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Genealogy, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I am a retired reg. nurse;I last worked at a Veteran's facility. I am married and have 3 living children and 5 grandchildren. The past 10 years or more I have been heavily into genealogy-----of course I should have been about 30 years ago when everyone(most)was still alive!
My favorite things to cook
I love baking bread,and am always trying new recipes. I typically mix it in a breadmachine and bake in the oven, but I have a KitchenAid stand mixer that is wonderful for bread also. I like to cook risotto and have lots of recipes, tho I don't really need one most of the time. I love to bake anything(sweet or savory). I am probably happiest when I am cooking for the family or someone else, doesn't matter.I like to make noodles from scratch, but piecrust is something I have problems with;thank goodness for those rolled up piecrusts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make a spaghetti sauce from scratch(Bolognese, with lots of meat)with red wine and fresh mushrooms if I have them. I try and keep good Reggiano Parm. around too for this and other things. My dad taught all of his 4 kids to make spaghetti sauce, and oddly enough he was Scotch/Irish. Baked bread is one of my "traditions" probably and desserts.
My cooking triumphs
When I learned to make risotto without killing myself with all the stirring. I do most things from scratch---I don't like mixes too well. I do some desserts with cake mix tho if they sound interesting enough.I prefer home made biscuits, but my husband likes canned(ugh.)
My cooking tragedies
Hmmm, I once somehow managed to drop a whole 9x5 pan of banana bread all over the floor. It wasn't completely done, and it was quite a mess. I've had my share of too much salt or sugar, or not enough.I've made bread that rose too high in the machine, and one memorable rye bread would have made a really nice door stop.
Recipe Reviews 1 review
Lemon Curd Bars
These bars are great, but I have to say re:the reviewer worried about sodium content of 1/2 tsp of b.soda, for a recipe that makes 40 servings, that is not a whole lot of sodium. If you have kidney disease, it would be a lot, but not in a recipe of this size.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 24, 2012

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