Charlotte Profile - (13363229)

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Living In: Middletown, Pennsylvania, USA
Member Since: Dec. 2008
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Charity Work
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About this Cook
I have been married for 35 years to a wonderful cook. We share cooking in our home. My husband cooks one week and I cook the alternating week. We both enjoy creating new recipes together. We have two grown daughters who have both turned into good and creative cooks. Their husbands are good cooks also. I retired in July but still continue to volunteer as a cancer support counselor. Since my husband and I are retired we are enjoying a lot of traveling. We enjoyed two weeks in Colorado - we were in Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park as well as Denver. We returned home for two weeks and then went to France and Switzerland for two weeks. Both trips were great.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy making comfort foods - but try making them more health-friendly. I love making soups and bread in the cold months and grilling in the summer. I enjoy baking but have tried to confine it to only weekends or when we have company. My favorite desserts to make are pies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother and mother taught me the importance of sharing good, hearty meals with those in need and so I often take meals to families in crisis, just home from the hospital, undergoing chemotherapy, etc. I have passed this on to both of my daughters too. Both of my grandmothers and my mom were excellent cooks. Many family recipes have been passed down 4 generations now. It delights me to see my girls calling and asking for their great grandmothers recipes. Some fun traditions were to have homemade pumpkin pie on the first day of school. We also always had pancakes or waffles for supper on the night we got and decorated our Christmas tree. We share Thanksgiving with my husband's family. We all share with the cooking by bringing a part of the meal. I always make the pies, homemade rolls and mashed potatoes.
My cooking triumphs
A recent cooking triumph occured when I saved Thanksgiving dinner by roasting a turkey at the last minute when my sister-in-law (designated turkey roaster) discovered her turkey was freezer burned and spoiled. I dashed to the grocery store, purchased a turkey, roasted it and had it on the table at HER house just 10 minutes later than the time dinner was to be served. Whew!
My cooking tragedies
I once went to a farmer's market and bought a lot of produce for my parent's visit. I steamed gorgeous fresh broccoli and was horrified when we discovered LOTS of green worms had also been steamed with it. Fortunately we discovered this before anyone had eaten the broccoli. Yuck! Thank heavens our guests were my parents and not my husband's boss!
Recipe Reviews 3 reviews
Minty Orzo Lentil and Feta Salad
I made this salad exactly as the recipe instructed. My entire family loved it and asked for the recipe. I will definitely be making it again. It is a perfect vegetarian supper idea. I was pleased to find kalamata olives in a jar already pitted. A quick trip to the fresh herb section in the grocery store and I had all of the other ingredients. I will be making it for company when they come since it is that delicious.

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2013
Triple the Ginger Cookies
These were not hard to make and they are the BEST ginger cookies I have ever tasted. I cut the brown sugar back to 2/3 cup and they were just fine. They crystallized ginger has sugar on it and I sprinkled the tops of the balls with sanding sugar. I used a cookie scoop rather than rolling them into balls and that worked really good also. I highly recommend them.

11 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 20, 2012
Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
I accidentally picked up chocolate instant pudding instead of vanilla and my family really liked them! I mix these up the day before baking them also and they turn out just perfect. GREAT recipe.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 31, 2011

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