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Home Town: Granger, Indiana, USA
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Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
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Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Knitting, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I love to feed people who love great food! We are a homeschooling family of 3 boys. I love the creative process and enjoy experimenting to perfect a dish, although I don't have a lot of time to do that. I'm trying to use more organic food, and more meatless dishes.
My favorite things to cook
Pizza, desserts (mostly for other people), bread, soup, marinated meats. I love things with dough! I'm don't make many multi-ingredient side dishes. I emphasize the main dish, bread and dessert. I do love my homemade salad dressings.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We love to make our left over hot breakfast cereal into bread for dinner. My family and others say my homemade pizza is the best - although it may be made many different ways.
My cooking triumphs
Pizza and cheesecake are my specialties. Pizza has taken longer to figure out. I make whole wheat crust, sometimes grilled, sometimes on a stone, and my own sauce. Oatmeal bread is one of my most requested dishes. I credit Midwest Living for that one. I now alter the recipe to use whatever leftover hot cereal we have.
My cooking tragedies
Long ago I was a lousy cook. My dear roommates in college used to fix my food while I was out so it would be edible when it was my turn to cook. It was the beginning of experimentation for me. I was save by Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens, my favorite cookbooks!
Recipe Reviews 2 reviews
Blooming Onion and Dipping Sauce
The sauce is AWESOME! Just like the Outback Steakhouse type sauce. When making the onion, don't let too much batter drip off before you put it in the flour mixture. I also let it sit in the flour mixture for an hour or more. The batter sticks to the onion better and you have a thicker crust.

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 14, 2013
Simple Maple Syrup
This recipe is great, but the instructions could use more detail. For those who commented that it is runny, it is the cooking time that needs to be changed. It needs to boil a while before it thickens. I cooked it to near the soft ball stage the first time and that worked fine.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 11, 2012

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